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

Official Marilyn Monroe Real estate has come to protect Anne of Armswho is playing the Hollywood icon in Andrew Dominik and Netflixupcoming movie of “Yellow. The movie’s official trailer premiered online on July 28th and left many viewers offended omitted the role of de Armas because her voice didn’t quite match Monroe’s iconic breath tune. The film was not commissioned by the Monroe estate, but the group nonetheless stood by de Armas’ casting.

Marc Rosen, entertainment president of Authentic Brands Group (ABG), which owns the Marilyn Monroe Estate, said: “Marilyn Monroe is a pop culture and Hollywood icon that transcends generations and history. “Any actor who steps into that role knows they have a big shoe to fill. Based on the trailer alone, it seems like Ana is a great choice as she captures Marilyn’s charm, humanity, and vulnerability. We can’t wait to see the full movie! “

De Armas previously said The Times of London that she spent nearly a year practicing her Monroe voice for “Blonde” before filming began. The actor said, “It took me nine months of dialect training, practice, and some ADR sessions [to get the accent right]. It was a great torture, it was exhausting. My brain was fried. “

“Blonde” is based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates. The film reimagines Monroe’s life, from her tumultuous childhood as Norma Jeane through her rise to stardom. The supporting cast includes Bobby Cannavale, Adrien Brody, Julianne Nicholson, Xavier Samuel and Evan Williams. The film will premiere in competition at the Venice Film Festival.

Most complaints about de Armas’ casting claim that she maintains her Cuban accent, which is not how Monroe pronounces it. De Armas says Vanity Fair in 2020, Dominik’s decision to cast a Cuban actor as an American icon was “groundbreaking”.

“I only had to audition for Marilyn once and Andrew said, ‘It’s you,’ but I had to audition for other people,” de Armas told the magazine. “Producer. People with money. I always had people I needed to convince. But I knew I could do it. Playing Marilyn was a breakthrough. A Cuban played Marilyn Monroe. I wanted it. very bad. You see her famous photo and she’s smiling in that moment, but that’s only part of what she was really going through at the time.”

Netflix will premiere “Blonde” globally on September 28.

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