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Many viewers thought the added Hollywood star power at this year's Tony Awards made the show more exciting than usual. But not everyone was thrilled with Tinseltown's takeover of Broadway's big night.
Theater star Hunter Foster even started a Facebook campaign, "Give the Tonys Back to Broadway," and expressed his feelings that Scarlett Johansson's Tony win for her role in A View From the Bridge was based strictly on her A-List status. He argues that the big names are stealing the thunder from The Great White Way's less known actors -- which Johansson says she understands.
"I pounded the pavement for years, and I know what it's like to struggle as an actor. A lot of it is luck and, certainly, a lot of it is opportunity -- and the lack of that," Johansson told BroadwayWorld.com. "So, I totally understand the frustration there."
But the actress says naysayers should try to see the positive side to having well- known stars take the stage.
"The actors we've seen this season that we recognize from film -- Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Liev Schreiber and Catherine Zeta-Jones, etc. -- have not only made a huge impact on ticket sales but have given tour de force performances and all started their careers as stage actors, dedicating themselves to making an impression in the theater," Johansson argued. "This goes to show that actors are actors, whatever the outlet, and with perseverance and drive, can cross the boundaries of the medium."
Still, the 25-year-old Iron Man 2 star says though she can see Foster's side, she won't feel bad for taking home the coveted trophy.
"A lot of my friends who are struggling actors are going through the same thing. But, I can't apologize for it. I have worked my ass off to get to where I am so I understand that struggle," Johansson explained. "For me, it's more about hiring the right person for the job. If somebody is cast because they are a name but they're not right for the job, well, it's very frustrating."
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