It must be pretty hard to be Scarlett Johansson promoting a movie sometimes. While her male co-stars are subjected to serious and probing questions about the craft of acting and how they approach their characters, Johansson is usually peppered with queries about her figure, beauty and underwear.
One rather ingenious journalist noticed this trend and decided to take matters into her own hands for her question and answer session with Avengers: Age Of Ultron’s Johansson and Mark Ruffalo.
Cosmopolitan UK’s Claire Hodgson started her session by declaring, “One thing I’ve noticed a lot, especially with the press for the last film [2012’s The Avengers] is that you [Johansson] seem to get stuck with the same questions all the time. What diet are you on? Can you wear underwear under the Black Widow costume? We might mix it up a bit today and flip it around.”
At this point Hodgson then asked Mark Ruffalo, who plays The Hulk/Bruce Banner in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, to embrace his feminine side before peppering him with a hoard of intimate questions. You can see the results of the trio’s exchange below.
So what did Mark Ruffalo reveal during these probing questions? Well, at the Avengers: Age Of Ultron premiere in London earlier this week, he wore a blue Burberry suit as a tip of the hat to the British capital.
Meanwhile, when he was asked what kind of poses he will have to perform while on the red carpet, Ruffalo admitted that he prefers to place his hands on his hips, or look back over his shoulder and parting his lips.
Ruffalo also admitted that he didn’t feel the need to lose weight for the part, mainly because he avoids the gym at all costs, but also because he wanted Bruce Banner to look as normal as possible.
Meanwhile Johansson revelled in finally being asked normal questions about her character and work. Not only did she praise the work of her stunt woman Heidi Moneymaker, whom she has worked with on the past five Marvel films, but she also revealed that her favorite thing about playing Natasha Romanoff is the “interesting dichotomy” of her being “slippery by trade but still honest.”
And after a rather controversial press junket saga in the U.K. that saw two of the Avengers cast scolded for making sexists comments about Black Widow and Robert Downey Jr. being forced to leave an interview after being probed about his past misdemeanours, it’s good to see at least one positive interview in connection with the movie.