In Marie Claire's March cover interview, Johansson said: "I certainly would never presume to play another race of a person".
When presenting the honor to Scarlett Johansson, her Avengers co-star Mark Ruffalo said: "Funny, kind, socially conscious, lovely and generous-I'm not talking about my mom".
Johansson was shown several times on the two large screens on either side of the venue during the evening, and every time, you could sense everyone perking up, spurred by her starry presence.
She said: "I really couldn't think of anybody else that I'd rather [have] with me here tonight".
He said the setting of the movie is in "a worldwide world" as opposed to just the fictional Japanese city of Niihama in the source material.
"She never shielded us from what was going on in the zeitgeist in culture, she always made us aware, you know, socially aware".
Now, it may not be clear if they're officially calling Johansson's character "Makoto" in the film, but she clearly inhabits a Japanese-inspired (if not outright Japanese) world and is based on a definitively Asian character with a Japanese name.
The "Ghost in the Shell" star - who has a two-year-old daughter Rose with husband Romain Dauriac - thinks being a mother is both an "incredible challenge and an incredible gift" and she often feels guilty about neglecting the different aspects of her life. And she doesn't do any of it for "self-promotion", Ruffalo said, explaining, "I know you hate [self-promotion], and you don't need it". When Matt Damon was cast as the white man saving China in The Great Wall, Constance Wu went to town about that, tweeting, "Our heroes don't look like Matt Damon". At least in that situation, though, the movie has a Chinese director.
Love this as much as we do? To their credit, numerous creatives involved in The Great Wall and Ghost in the Shell have addressed concerns all throughout development, and for the first time, leading star Scarlett Johansson has now weighed in on the matter at hand.