If Alec Butler wants a part in a movie or a play, he’s mostly had to write it himself.
The Cape Breton born, Toronto-based trans actor has written films and plays starring himself as things are “very dry” otherwise.
“It’s disappointing and kind of depressing to be a trans actor in this country, in North America,” he said.
So he was disheartened to see yet another trans role going to a cisgender actor — this time, Scarlett Johansson, one of the top grossing actors in Hollywood. She will play a transgender man in Rub & Tug, a film about crime boss Dante (Tex) Gill, who ran an empire of massage parlours. He was born a woman but identified as a man.
“It shows her privilege,” said Butler, of Johansson. “It’s bad form on her part to take another role away from a trans actor who could use the work, use the exposure [and] portray a trans person more authentically.”
Ahh, yes. The resemblance between Dante Tex Gill and Scarlett Johansson is striking ? pic.twitter.com/9jvMMgJDiJ
— All American Ben (@AceOfBens) July 5, 2018
‘This should go to a trans actor’
Johansson will also serve as the film’s producer. Trans actor Jesse Todd thinks the actress should have used that influence to say “this should go to a trans actor.”