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OTRC: Scarlett Johansson slams press about weight criticism

Scarlett Johansson appears in a promotional still from 'The Avengers' in 2012. (Marvel / Disney)

Scarlett Johansson admits that it was not easy for her to get into "Avengers" shape for the body-hugging catsuit she had to don in order to play the Black Widow. In fact the actress declares, "lunges suck."

Johansson wrote an article in The Huffington Post on the issue and also slammed the media for their focus on weight, criticism of stars like herself and pressures they put on women to be movie star fit.

"While training for an upcoming film, I've come to this conclusion: chin ups are near impossible and lunges suck," she wrote. "There is no magic wand to wave over oneself to look good in a latex catsuit."

The 27-year-old actress says she's not a "gym rat" and likes to balance out to healthy foods and guilty pleasures like grilled cheese.

"I've realized through this process that no matter how busy my life may be, I feel better when I take a little time to focus on staying active," she writes. "We can all pledge to have healthy bodies no matter how diverse our lifestyles may be."

Johansson also talks about tabloid reports that quote trainers she's never met that supposedly helped her get into the alleged "superhero shape." She also mentions an article that claimed she trimmed 14 pounds off her 5 foot 3 inch frame, which she says is "utter lunacy."

"If I were to lose 14 pounds, I'd have to part with both arms. And a foot," she writes. "I'm frustrated with the irresponsibility of tabloid media who sell the public ideas about what we should look like and how we should get there."

Johansson writes that she doesn't usually acknowledge tabloid reports, but when so many publications comment on body types and promote a crash diet to get a movie star image, she felt it was her "responsibility to comment."

"I would be absolutely mortified to discover that some 15-year-old girl in Kansas City read one of these 'articles' and decided she wasn't going to eat for a couple of weeks so she too could 'crash diet' and look like Scarlett Johansson," she wrote.

The actress received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 2 and was joined at the ceremony with her mother, grandmother, younger sister and "Avengers" co-stars Clark Gregg and Jeremy Renner.

The 27-year-old actress received the 2,470th star placed near Madame Tussauds Hollywood. "When I was told I was getting this star, I thought to myself, man, I really made it to the big time," Johansson told the crowd in a speech.

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