Scarlett Johansson Turns Down Film Funding From Saudi Crown Prince

Scarlett Johansson has apparently taken a moral stand when it comes to financing for her films.

The actress is set to play the real life photojournalist Lynsey Addario in a new film directed by Ridley Scott.

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In a New York Times interview on Facebook, Addario revealed that Johansson vetoed funding for the project offered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

“Scarlett Johansson said ‘absolutely not,’” Addario said. “She said: ‘This guy is perpetuating the war in Yemen. He has women in prison.’”

Addario added that Johansson’s denial of funding from bin Salman came before the recent controversy surrounding the crown prince over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“This was before the killing of Khashoggi,” she explained, “when he became one of the main people who wanted to fund the movie.”

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Addario continued on the subject of the crown prince: “I didn’t meet with him personally. But my sense is that he probably – my movie got folded into this huge charm campaign. And the fact that he wanted to show the west that he was into Hollywood, he was into all the great things of the west … Do I want him associated with this movie? Obviously not. And thank God he’s not.”

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