Johansson tones down sexy role
Fri, 21 Dec 2012 4:33p.m.
Scarlett Johansson was left red-faced during rehearsals for her new Broadway play when her costume accidentally unzipped onstage.
The Avengers actress is starring in a revival of Tennessee Williams' Cat On A Hot Tin Roof playing Maggie, the role made famous by Dame Elizabeth Taylor in the 1958 film version.
Johansson's co-star Debra Monk has revealed the actress came unstuck during a recent rehearsal when the zipper on her dress broke, and she was forced to make a speedy change in front of the rest of the cast.
However, Monk insists Johansson wasn't fazed by the incident and carried on saying her lines as she fixed her clothes.
She tells the New York Post, "Scarlett's a wonderful actress. Fabulous. Perfect... She's passionate... works really hard and loves the cast. Here's what a pro (professional) she is. Last night, onstage, her stunningly made beautiful yellow dress zipper broke. Middle of her scene, she walks off and grabs another antique prop dress nobody wears. The zipper jammed halfway, and she couldn't close the rest, yet she did her lines. Never missed a beat. While onstage, I just walked over and quietly zipped her up. Tough gutsy gal. She's a pro."
Johansson fears she will incur the wrath of theatre critics when her new Broadway play opens as she purposely toned down the sexy aspects of her character Maggie in a new production of Tennessee Williams' classic play.
The role was made famous by Dame Elizabeth Taylor in the 1958 movie adaptation, which presented her as a seductress in a satin slip, but Johansson was eager to remove the sexual elements for her own stage version.
She even avoided seeing Taylor's onscreen portrayal of Maggie as she is convinced watching the movie would be a "terrible idea," adding, "Not saying anything about the film, it's just a different version of the story."
Johansson tells the Associated Press, "I think her sexuality is often overplayed and over-appreciated. It's such an unimportant part of this story. I mean, it comes with the circumstance, of course, and the settling and the words - that's already there. There's no need to drape yourself all over the stage and roll around in a satin sheet...
"It's really a beautiful play, really a perfect play, I think. If the play fails, it's our fault."
The show officially opens at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in Manhattan next month.
Johansson previously won a coveted Tony Award in 2010 for her Broadway debut in a production of Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge.
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