Scarlett Johansson says she won't emphasise her character's sex appeal in her next Broadway role - even if it puts a dent in the box office.
Elizabeth Taylor famously played the role on-screen in a satin slip in the film classic, and actresses Anika Noni Rose, Ashley Judd and Kathleen Turner have also starred as the predatory Maggie to sexy degrees.
"I think her sexuality is often overplayed and over-appreciated. It's such an unimportant part of this story," Scarlett said. "I mean, it comes with the circumstance, of course, and the settling and the words - that's already there. There's no need to drape yourself all over the stage and roll around in a satin sheet."
"It's really a beautiful play, really a perfect play, I think," Scarlett said. "If the play fails, it's our fault."
It was a victory from a stage novice that silenced critics who had moaned about movie stars showing up in Times Square simply to sell tickets.
"I'm just happy the stage door is still open and I can walk through it," she said. "I was just happy to survive the run, really. Honestly. I expected to be lambasted. I knew that was a possibility going into it. But that's OK."