Scarlett Johansson became the latest celebrity invited via YouTube to attend a Marine Corps ball, and unlike several others who have not responded, the Tony Award-winner let her gentleman down gently.
"I feel incredibly honored to have been invited to the Marine Corps Ball by Sgt. Dustin L. Williams," the "Iron Man 2" actress said in a statement to Zap2it.com, following Williams inviting her to the Nov. 10 Marine Corps Ball in Albany, Ga. "Not only does Sgt. Williams deserve recognition for his bravery, selflessness and dedication to the United States and its people, but he also displays a cheeky talent for filmmaking."
However, she added, "unfortunately due to prior commitments I will not be able to attend the Ball with you this year but I am sending you a case of Moet and Chandon [Champagne] with gratitude."
She promised to "raise a glass to you and all the men and women of the U.S. Marine Corps, past and present," for their service.
Before he learned this, Williams told the website that if she could not attend, "I would understand. I would not believe the invitation would be denied without good cause. With her current career I would imagine Scarlett Johansson is a busy woman."
Following the successful invitations that Marines extended to actors Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake, and a respectful turndown from Betty White, YouTube invites have been posted for Miley Cyrus, Hayden Panettiere, Mary-Kate Olsen, Emma Stone, Jennifer Aniston and Taylor Swift, according to E! Online.