Let’s not pussyfoot around the question, OK?
Elizabeth Taylor or ?
I don’t strictly mean this in a "sleazy gentleman" sort of way. No, the question actually concerns one of Taylor's most famous screen roles in the 1958 adaptation of Tennessee William's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Johansson took the comparison onto herself when she decided to star in a new Broadway production of the smoldering family drama.
There’s no escaping, so let’s get right to it:
Both actresses – in their prime – seem like a very well fitting casting choice indeed, for the role of Maggie, the unsatisfied wife of troubled husband Brick Politt.
Both actresses are very much sex symbols of their respective times, with the later image of a bloated Elizabeth Taylor sadly overshadowing the beauty that she was in the 1950s/60s. Then again never achieved a performance anywhere near the magnitude of Taylor's in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the marriage drama to end all marriage dramas.
Both actresses – in their prime – inhabit a certain voluptuous softness, which seems like an appropriate visualization of a satisfied purr, something the role begs asks for.
Both actresses, in other words, seem quite perfect choices for role of Maggie.
So...who would be your Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, as it were?