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Now that every soldier with an iPhone has decided to invite a celebrity to the Marine Corps Ball, we can't expect them all to say yes -- but Scarlett Johansson has shown how to say "no" with class. Johansson was asked to the event by Sgt. Dustin L. Williams, who was no doubt inspired by the successful efforts of his fellow Marines to bring Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake. Watch Williams' YouTube video below!
"Recently I noticed in the media that a lot of Marines have been asking celebrities to the ball," says Sgt. Williams, as he gets dressed while "Eye of the Tiger" plays in the background. "So I was thinking, if I could ever ask anybody to the ball, who would it be? I mean, obviously they need to be beautiful, classy... who would it be?"
The video then cuts to a photo of Johansson in an evening gown, as the song "When A Man Loves a Woman" begins to play. Cute!
Though the 26-year-old actress declined his invitation, she was obviously charmed by the video -- and sent him a token of her affection, in the form of fancy champagne!
"I feel incredibly honored to have been invited to the Marine Corps Ball by Sgt. Dustin L. Williams," Johansson declared in a statement. "Not only does Sgt. Williams deserve recognition for his bravery, selflessness and dedication to the United States and its people, but he also displays a cheeky talent for filmmaking."
She then addressed her would-be date directly. "Sgt. Williams unfortunately, due to prior commitments, I will not be able to attend the ball with you this year, but I am sending you a case of Moët and Chandon with gratitude," writes the actress. "In my absence, I raise a glass to you and all the men and women of the U.S. Marine Corps, past and present, in thanks for your continued commitment to preserving the safety of our nation."
Okay, so Sgt. Williams doesn't get to make an entrance with his movie-star crush -- but a personal message and a case of champagne is a pretty sweet consolation gift!
Kunis was the first celebrity to take the YouTube bait, and the actress says she has cleared her schedule to attend the Marine Corps Ball in Greenville, N.C. Her Friends with Benefits costar Timberlake, who pressured Kunis into saying "yes," has also tentatively accepted an invitation from a female Marine in Virginia to attend the ball in Washington, D.C.
But Johansson isn't the first celeb to decline, either. Betty White, who was asked to the ball by Sgt. Ray Lewis, sweetly sent her regrets earlier this month. However, in a twist of fate, another celebrity has offered to take her place: Terminator star Linda Hamilton! Watch her very funny reverse-invitation to Sgt. Lewis below. As of right now, he hasn't responded -- but who would turn down a date with the woman who helped Arnold Schwarzenegger save the world?