Elizabeth Snead has blogged about Scarlett’s Cannes absence over at the LA Times blog, which perhaps sheds some light to what exactly happened. But I do hope this will be the last we’ll hear regarding this incident. It’s not like missing a premiere is the end of the world, even though it was unfortunate and all.
Why didn’t Scarlett Johansson show up for the Cannes Film Festival premiere of Woody Allen’s erotic adventure, Vicky Cristina Barcelona last week?
As I reported on April 27, Scarlett was scheduled to appear with co-star Penelope Cruz to support the film, which features a menage a trois with Cruz and Javier Bardem. “Scarlett’s definitely going,” her camp confirmed. “It’s all been confirmed and arranged.”
But at the film’s news conference on May 17, the day of the premiere, Allen explained away Scarlett and Bardem’s absence by blaming it on her “schedule conflicts” and his “family issues.”
Then a British tabloid, the Daily Mail, quoting a source at Warner Bros Studio, the movie’s French-based distributor, reported that the real reason was Scarlett’s excessive demands, which forced the studio to balk at covering the costs.