Scarlett Johansson Defends Her Tony Win
Posted on Wed Jun 23, 2010 03:04 PM PDT

scarlettwave200.jpgMANHATTAN, New York (X17online) - Scarlett Johansson is firing back at critics who argue the actress is undeserving of a Tony Award for her role in Broadway's A View From the Bridge.

The 25-year-old actress told Broadway World, "I pounded the pavement for years and I know what it's like to struggle as an actor. A lot of it is luck and, certainly, a lot of it is opportunity -- and the lack of that. So, I totally understand the frustration there."

After Johannson won, Broadway star Hunter Foster created a Facebook campaign called Give The Tonys Back To Broadway. He believes Johannson's Hollywood status helped her to win the award.

In response to the Facebook campaign, Johannson released the following:

    "The actors we've seen this season that we recognize from film -- Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Liev Schreiber and Catherine Zeta-Jones, etc. -- have not only made a huge impact on ticket sales but have given tour de force performances and all started their careers as stage actors, dedicating themselves to making an impression in the theater. This goes to show that actors are actors, whatever the outlet, and with perseverance and drive, can cross the boundaries of the medium.

    A lot of my friends who are struggling actors are going through the same thing. But, I can't apologize for it. I have worked my ass off to get to where I am so I understand that struggle," Johansson explained. "For me, it's more about hiring the right person for the job. If somebody is cast because they are a name but they're not right for the job, well, it's very frustrating."

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