Paramount Reportedly Tested Visual Effects To Make Scarlett Johansson Look More Asian In Ghost In The Shell! SERIOUSLY?!

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Forget whitewashing, the newest Hollywood trend is apparently white-photoshopping!

Last year, Scarlett Johansson was the subject of casting controversy when it was revealed she would star in the live-action adaptation of the anime classic Ghost in the Shell.

When the first photo of the Captain America: Civil War in the role of Major Motoko Kusanagi (a Japanese woman in the manga and cartoon versions) surfaced on Thursday, critics once again blasted the studio for not choosing a racially appropriate actor for the leading role.

In response to the backlash, Paramount and DreamWorks reportedly tried to fix the ethnicity problem the only way they know how… with CGI!

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ScreenCrush reports multiple independent sources close to the production told them the studio hired a visual effects team to run tests that would have changed ScarJo’s appearance in post-production to “shift her ethnicity.”

Meaning, they allegedly attempted to make their white lead look more Asian in the movie! WTF!?

The tests were conducted by Lola VFX, a visual effects company that aged and de-aged Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Now, the editing wizards are the industry leader in “beauty work” — a new Hollywood trend to subtly modify an actor’s look to make them thinner, younger, or bulkier.

And apparently, Asian-ier!

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While the tests were reportedly commissioned by the production, the idea was “immediately” rejected after the tests were reviewed.

Paramount actually admitted the visual tests were conducted, but deny that the lead actress was the test subject. A rep said:

“A test was done related to a specific scene for a background actor which was ultimately discarded. Absolutely no visual effects tests were conducted on Scarlett’s character and we have no future plans to do so.”

Despite the studio’s stance, the inside sources say it was Johansson’s character was the focus of the tests — but they were performed without her knowledge.

Though the studio denies it, we wouldn’t be surprised if they toyed around with the idea of making an Asian ScarJo to appease audiences — but we’re glad they didn’t, because that would be the actual worst idea of all time.

[Image via Kodansha Comics/Bauer Griffin Online.]

Apr 15, 2016 4:10pm PST

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