When Scarlett Johansson came to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2009, it took a lot of training to get into superhero form. While starring as Black Widow for Iron Man 2, Johansson received more coverage of her physique than her film role.
The misdirected media attention inspired Johansson to write a lengthy commentary calling on reporters to their ill-focused storylines.
MCU star Scarlett Johansson | Axelle / Bauer-Griffin / FilmMagic
Black Widow has to wear the infamous cat suit
Taking on the role of Natasha Romanoff – aka Black Widow – was a change of pace for Johansson. Becoming part of the famous superhero genre was a new venture in her career.
"(It was) very challenging and really exciting for me because I've never had to do anything like this before," the 2009 star of Lost in Translation told Access Hollywood, according to NBC Chicago. "It's really exciting to see it all culminate up to this point."
As for the workouts Johansson had to endure, she kept an eye on a famous piece of clothing for inspiration.
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"I kicked a big butt," the Marvel actor told People at the time. "It was many, many hours, days and months of stunt and strength training, but it's fun because I had a goal. The goal was the Lycra catsuit."
Scarlett Johansson speaks out in writing
In July 2009, Johansson let out her frustration with the media's obsession with her weight and workout. The MCU star wrote a comment for the Huffington Post citing several falsehoods that had been printed about her regime.
"Since joining the superhero form, I've heard of several articles on my weight," wrote Johansson. “It was claimed that I went through a rigorous exercise routine regulated by co-stars, got in shape by coaches I've never met, ate sprouted grains that I can't pronounce, and ended up being 14 Pounds off my 5 & # 39; 3 "frame."
Johansson confronted the reporters and bluntly outlined the absurdity of their claims.
“Losing 14 pounds out of necessity to lead a healthier life is a huge victory. I'm a petite person to begin with, so the idea of losing that amount of weight is utter madness, ”the marital story star pointed out. "If I lost 14 pounds, I'd have to part with both arms. And one foot."
Marvel Star is a strong argument against the media
Johansson presented statistics from the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and called on the media for their contribution to distorted body image.
"I am frustrated by the irresponsibility of the tabloids selling the public ideas about what we look like and how to get there," she wrote. “The idea that the media would say I lost an impossible amount of weight through some kind of crash diet or miracle workout is ridiculous. I believe it is reckless and dangerous for these publications to sell the story that these are acceptable ways of looking like a "movie star". "
The Oscar nominee feared that young girls exposed to these false headlines would starve to death to look like movie stars. Johansson closed her article with a reference.
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"I'm not usually the type to give a response to toilet paper rags, but in this case, it's my responsibility to make comments," she wrote. "In a way, I'm glad that a bogus journalist (and I use the term 'journalist' loosely) is betting on my 'evacuation' so that I can approach the problem straight from my sane heart."
More information about the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) can be found here.