Scarlett Johansson, among other Hollywood stars, has expressed her dismay over recent actions by the mayor of Budapest, Istvan Tarlos, when he deliberately used their images and quotes in his re-election campaign, AFP reported on Wednesday, October 9th.
An image of Johansson showing the pair meeting in the mayor's office when the actress was in Budapest shooting the "Black Widow" had appeared in the Bors newspaper.
The actress was quoted saying that she "spoke highly" of Tarlos and his re-election ambitions, praising his readiness to take on responsibilities.
Tarlos, who is attempting to win another term in the vote on Sunday, October 13th, claimed that he had received support from different Hollywood celebrities.
In a statement, the 34-year-old actress said that she merely had shared her "sincere appreciation for Budapest's hospitality, beauty and charm.”
"Contrary to various media reports, I have not expressed support for Mayor Tarlos in the upcoming municipal election," she added.
In a private conversation with Hungary Today, Johansson also stated that “Only the citizens of Budapest can choose the next mayor.” She then went on to “encourage every citizen of Budapest to be brave, act like a hero, and vote according to their conscience.”
The controversial attempt by the mayor to involve Hollywood stars in his re-election campaign angered more stars when pictures of him and Will Smith, Matt Demon and Angelina Jolie were published in an election flyer.
According to Jolie's agent, who made a statement to the Index-hu news-site, "Neither Ms Jolie nor any representative have ever issued or approved any text or likeness to be used in Hungary for any political purpose.”
Tarlos later denied to local media any attempt to implicate celebrities in his campaign either by producing the report or the flyer content, according to AFP.