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Elizabeth Olsen Shows Support for Scarlett Johansson Amid Disney Lawsuit

Elizabeth Olsen has joined the list of stars who have publicly declared their support for Scarlett Johansson amid the latter’s legal battle with Disney regarding the release of Black Widow on Disney+.

Recall that Johansson claimed last month that Disney’s release of the blockbuster on its streaming platform was a breach of contract that negatively impacted how much she could make from the film; this is because a portion of her salary was tied to the performance of the movie at the box office.

Speaking about this in an interview published by Vanity Fair, Olsen and her colleague Jason Sudeikis were asked:

Speaking of streaming, both of you have starred in big theatrical movies. Are either of you worried about the theatrical experience, in the way that COVID has changed how movies are being released at this point? We saw how that’s playing out with Scarlett Johansson’s recent lawsuit.

And Olsen said she wasn’t worried on behalf of Johansson, but that she did worry that small movies may no longer get an opportunity to be played in theaters. She said:

“I’m worried about a bunch of things. Not worried on Scarlett’s behalf. But I’m worried about small movies getting the opportunity to be seen in theaters. That was already a thing pre-COVID. I like going to the movies and I don’t necessarily want to see only an Oscar contender or a blockbuster. I would like to see art films and art house theaters. And so I do worry about that, and people having to keep these theaters alive. And I don’t know how financially that works for these theaters.

I do hope that there’s some sort of solution that the larger companies are coming together to keep, at least in L.A. this is going to happen. But I do think it’s going to be how it kind of used to be when studios owned theaters. And I have a feeling that we might go back to that being the only way to keep them alive with such expensive real estate. But when it comes to actors and their earnings, I mean, that’s just, that’s just all contracts. So it’s either in the contract or it’s not.”

When Olsen asked Sudeikis if he worried for Johansson, the Ted Lasso actor responded in the affirmative, saying “Of course. How could I not? She’s married to my comedy brother.”

And Olsen added: “I think she’s so tough and literally when I read that [news] I was like, ‘good for you Scarlett.’”

You can read the whole interview here.

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