Marilyn Monroe Estate Defends Ana de Armas Accent in ‘Blonde’

The official Marilyn Monroe Property has come to the protection of Ana de Armas, who’s enjoying the Hollywood icon in Andrew Dominik and Netflix’s upcoming drama “Blonde.” An official trailer for the movie premiered on-line July 28 and left many viewers outraged over de Armas’ casting as a result of her accent didn’t totally match Monroe’s iconic breathy tone. The movie isn’t licensed by Monroe’s property, however the group stands by de Armas’ casting nonetheless.

“Marilyn Monroe is a singular Hollywood and popular culture icon that transcends generations and historical past,” mentioned Marc Rosen, president of leisure at Genuine Manufacturers Group (ABG), which owns the Marilyn Monroe Property. “Any actor that steps into that function is aware of they’ve massive sneakers to fill. Primarily based on the trailer alone, it seems to be like Ana was an important casting selection as she captures Marilyn’s glamour, humanity and vulnerability. We will’t wait to see the movie in its entirety!”

De Armas beforehand advised The Occasions of London that she spent almost a complete yr engaged on her Monroe accent for “Blonde” earlier than filming began. The actor mentioned, “It took me 9 months of dialect teaching, and training and a few ADR periods [to get the accent right]. It was a giant torture, so exhausting. My mind was fried.”

“Blonde” is predicated on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates. The drama reimagines the lifetime of Monroe, from her unstable childhood as Norma Jeane by means of her rise to stardom. The supporting solid consists of Bobby Cannavale, Adrien Brody, Julianne Nicholson, Xavier Samuel and Evan Williams. The movie will debut in competitors on the Venice Movie Pageant.

Nearly all of complaints about de Armas’ casting famous that she maintained her Cuban accent, which isn’t how Monroe sounded. De Armas advised Vainness Truthful in 2020 that Dominik’s choice to solid a Cuban actor as an American icon was “groundbreaking.”

“I solely needed to audition for Marilyn as soon as and Andrew mentioned ‘It’s you,’ however I needed to audition for everybody else,” de Armas advised the journal. “The producers. The cash folks. I all the time have folks I wanted to persuade. However I knew I might do it. Enjoying Marilyn was groundbreaking. A Cuban enjoying Marilyn Monroe. I needed it so badly. You see that well-known photograph of her and he or she is smiling within the second, however that’s only a slice of what she was actually going by means of on the time.”

Netflix will open “Blonde” globally on Sept. 28.

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