Christina Hendricks might have landed the cover of Esquire’s May “Women We Love” issue, but it turns out she wasn’t the first choice. During a recent conference in Toronto, Esquire editor in chief David Granger let it slip that Scarlett Johansson had actually been the mag’s first choice for cover star — that is, before she “screwed” them.
From an article in Canada’s National Post:
Did Esquire editor David Granger just say what I think he said? …Yes, the very Mad Men siren that the storied Esquire positioned as “best looking woman in America,” and who many do feel puts the atomic in bombshell. And the very one whom Granger now appears to be saying was a sloppy hamburger helper second.
It was “supposed” to be Scarlett Johansson, the man’s mag arbiter revealed. “Scarlett completely screwed us,” he further added, cryptically.
Granger didn’t elaborate on the story, but the New York Daily News did a little digging and spoke to a source who says it wasn’t quite as dramatic as he would have it seem.
According to one insider, “Scarlett was indeed the first person approached by Esquire to appear on the cover” and was “committed” to the shoot.
“But things change rather quickly” in the entertainment business, says the source, who added: “I think her commitment on Broadway [in Arthur Miller’s ‘A View From the Bridge’] prevented her from making good.” (Her work in the “Iron Man 2″ film also may have been a complication.)
We’re less concerned with whatever non-feud is brewing between Johannson and Esquire, and more concerned with celebrating Hendricks, who we actually think was an inspired and beautiful choice for the cover — though it’s worth pointing out, as HuffPost did, that the facial airbrushing was a little intense.
Who would you have rather had for the cover?