You may be aware of the Youtube phenomenon that is ‘Honest Trailers’ whereby Screen Junkies re-tells a trailer with what it ‘should’ say rather than what it does. Hilarity naturally ensues, but the best we’ve seen this year is the ‘honest trailer’ for Ghost In The Shell starring Scarlett Johansson.
Ghost In The Shell was created in 1989 as a Manga comic book and was later transferred to anime and became a huge cult hit for its incredible animation and blunt force trauma dialogue. It became a synonym of ‘cool’ in the ’90s.
The 2017 film was widely panned among whitewashing claims with Johansson taking the lead role of Major Motoko Kusanagi. The film was generously both a critical and financial flop, with a flimsy plot and dialogue added to the embarrassingly bad adaptation of one of the coolest films of the 90’s the film made $170 million worldwide, with an estimated production cost (not including distribution or promotion) at $110 million this was a big hit for Paramount pictures.
Later, Johansson said this of the claimed ‘white-washing’ “I certainly would never presume to play another race of a person, diversity is important in Hollywood, and I would never want to feel like I was playing a character that was offensive.”
“Having a franchise with a female protagonist driving it is such a rare opportunity,” she added. “Certainly, I feel the enormous pressure of that – the weight of such a big property on my shoulders.”