The actress plays Marilyn Monroe in the long-awaited Andrew Dominik film that will be released on September 28, 2022 on Netflix.
It has taken several years for it to become a reality, but the premiere of Blondethe annotated non-biopic of Marilyn Monroe starring Ana de Armas, is just around the corner and the expectation is total and absolute. On the one hand because the physical transformation of the Cuban-Spanish actress in what is undoubtedly one of the great icons of Hollywood is spectacularbut also for everything that had already been said about her previously, especially related to her NC-17 rating (not recommended for children under 17) for the presence of several sexually explicit scenes.
According to rumours, some of these scenes could have ultimately been the cause of the delay in the premiere of Blonde, which was shot in 2019 and has been waiting for several years to see the light. Finally, its official premiere took place at the last 79th edition of the Venice International Film Festival, where it received a 14-minute standing ovation and Ana de Armas’ work as Norma Jean was widely praised despite mixed reviews.
Nevertheless, the age rating obtained by the film has not ceased to be the subject of controversy at any time, before the “concern” for the “exploitation” that the tape made in its description of Marilyn Monroe. “It’s a demanding movie, it is what it is, it says what it says. And if the audience doesn’t like it, that’s the audience’s damn problem,” director Andrew Dominik told Screen Daily. “If I watch an episode of euphoriais much more graphic than anything that happens in Blonde“.
“There are movies and series with more sex than this”: Ana de Armas criticizes the restrictive age rating of ‘Blonde’
Now, with the premiere of the film for all viewers through the streaming platform Netflix, Ana de Armas has shown her concern in statements to Variety about how the more explicit scenes will be receivedespecially the ones where she comes out naked, and the notoriety that they can achieve in social networks. According to the actress, who has managed to carve out a niche for herself in Hollywood in recent years and is already among the most sought-after, she believes that some scenes will be taken out of context and go viralalthough he also acknowledges that this is out of his control:
I know what’s going to go viral and it’s disgusting. It’s annoying just thinking about it. I can not control it; you can’t really control what they do and how they take things out of context. It just left a bad taste in my mouth thinking about the future of those videos
Based on the book of the same name by author Joyce Carol Oates, Blonde is not really a biopic about Norma Jean, whom we all know as Marilyn Monroe, but a fictionalized version of the star’s life. Oates’s book doesn’t shy away from sexually explicit moments involving Monroe and her intimate life and, given the NC-17 rating of Blonde, it’s no surprise that those moments have been translated into the film in graphic detail. Likewise, there is also debate about whether a rape suffered by Jean by a producer that is recounted in the book really happened. However, although Andrew Dominik has taken creative liberties in the film, the portrayal of Monroe’s objectification and other aspects of her life within the industry promise to be as real as they are heartbreaking.
‘Blonde’, a risky and incredible portrait of Marilyn Monroe with a tremendous Ana de Armas
“To tell this story, it is important to show all those moments in Marilyn’s life that made her end the way she did. It had to be explained,” Ana de Armas assured in an interview for the French media L’Officiel. “All the world [en el reparto] I knew we had to go to uncomfortable places. I wasn’t the only one.”
Blonde will premiere worldwide on Netflix on Friday, September 28, 2022.
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