By now, everyone has had an opportunity to screen the fantabulous Black Widow starring Scarlett Johansson and seen the back story that has been infused for Natasha with humor, heart and a ton of action. There’s a large part of Natasha’s background that audiences didn’t know about, particularly her childhood. “She’s always been a part of something and then suddenly she finds herself sort of floating in this weird in between space and she’s off her game. She realizes that she’s got all this possibility in front of her and it’s really suffocating. Then, she’s blindsided by this person who comes from her past who is just on fire and is a liability, is full of life, and needs her. She’s just full of doubt, ” shares Johansson.
There’s that pose and an unexpected sisterly connection that Yelena and Natasha share, “Well I think from the get-go, in the script it was very obvious they have this connection…this relationship. Her skillset is that wonderfully, annoying young assistant that says all the right things in all the wrong times…she really comes out of the Red Room, can buy a vest that has lots of pockets and she’s really excited by it. She’s flourishing and becoming her own being.”
The chemistry between Pugh and Johansson is off the charts and hella entertaining. It’s bananas to think that Pugh’s first day on set was that epic Budapest safe-house fight scene. “So literally on my first day I was throwing Scarlett up against a wall and she was smashing my face in the sink.” Pugh jokingly recalls, “…there was no greater way than to just break the ice than wrestling Scarlett Johansson to the floor.”
Scarlett sings Pugh’s praises as well, “She nailed all the choreography and was totally game to go at it. It’s such an emotional fight…it’s just two people expressing their frustration, power struggle and their genuine surprise affection for one another.”
Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh and Rachel Weisz are unforgettable in the Marvel prequel for Natasha Romanoff. Once you meet Yelena and Melina – you will never forget them or how fantastic this film is from top to bottom.