Scarlett Johansson appears in York – as a Banksy style wall painting

Office pin-up… Scarlet by Wim on Coney Street
11 Mar 2014 @ 7.36 pm
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Office pin-up… Scarlet by Wim on Coney Street
Office pin-up… Scarlett by Wim on Coney Street

It’s a funny old life being a Hollywood movie starlet. One minute you’re hobnobbing with the glamour set in downtown LA – the next you’re stuck in a gloomy alley off Coney Street in York.

This wasn’t the real Scarlett Johansson, of course, but a graffiti mural of The Avengers actress.

It was created by artist Wim on the exterior wall of Office on Coney Street – with the shop’s permission – and commissioned by Dave Taylor, marketing manager at near neighbour City Screen York.

The artwork publicises Johansson’s new film Under The Skin which comes to City Screen from Friday, March 14.

“I’ve also arranged a deal with Waterstones on High Ousegate, who are soon to become near-neighbours of City Screen, as they’re moving into the old Republic store on Coney Street soon,” said Dave.

Anyone seeing Under The Skin at City Screen can take their cinema ticket stub to Waterstones and obtain a £2 discount on Michel Faber’s novel of the same name.

In the film, Johansson plays Laura, an alien driving round Scotland in a van preying on lonely men. Striking in black wig and mangy fur coat, she is the dark heart of a movie which took ten years to make and has been described as a masterpiece.

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Win Scarlett on DVD

To celebrate the return of Scarlett Johansson to City Screen, we have three DVDs to give away.

The first stars the actress. In the Woody Allen film Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Johansson plays one of two sisters on holiday in Spain who fall for a local artist.

In the double Oscar winning Crazy Heart, jaded country musician Jeff Bridges embarks on a romance with a journalist, played by Maggie Gyllenhaal.

And the third in our triple giveaway is the acclaimed animation Persepolis, which tells the story of an Iranian girl growing up during the Islamic Revolution.

To win all three answer this question:

What is the name of Scarlett Johansson’s character in Under The Skin?

Send your answer on an email to [email protected] with ‘Scarlett Competition’ in the subject line. Please include a daytime contact telephone number.

The first email with the correct answer picked at random will win the three DVDs.

Closing date: midnight on Monday, March 17.

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