Blonde: Marilyn Monroe estate defends Ana de Armas’ casting after accent criticism

Another new trailer Blonde was released last week and features actress Ana de Armas tackling the real-life role of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe. She looks beautiful in the film and bears a striking resemblance to Monroe, but has been met with quite a bit of criticism since the release of the film’s trailer. Some fans are outraged that de Armas’ accent doesn’t match Marilyn Monroe’s breathtaking tone, and even though Monroe’s estate didn’t authorize the film, they still come to the defense of her de Armas casting.

Variety obtained a statement from Marc Rosen, president of entertainment at Authentic Brands Group, which owns Marilyn Monroe’s estate, and he comes out in full support of de Armas. He believes her casting was the right choice because she captures how glamorous Marilyn Monroe was, and he also believes, based on the trailer alone, that she also captures her humanity and vulnerability.

“Marilyn Monroe is a unique Hollywood and pop culture icon that transcends generations and history. Any actor stepping into that role knows they have big shoes to fill. Based on the trailer alone, it looks like Ana was a great casting choice as she captures Marilyn’s glamour, humanity and vulnerability. We can’t wait to see the full film!”

Many of the complaints directed at de Armas’ casting pointed to the actress retaining her Cuban accent, which was not how Monroe sounded. Director Andrew Dominik cast de Armas despite her Cuban background because, as the actress told Vanity Fair in 2020 the director thought she was Marilyn:

“I only had to audition for Marilyn once and Andrew said, ‘That’s you,’ but I had to audition for everyone else. The producers. The money people. I always have people to convince. But I knew I could do that. Playing Marilyn was groundbreaking. A Cuban playing Marilyn Monroe. I wanted it so bad. You see the famous picture of her and she’s smiling at the moment, but that’s just a slice of what she really went through on that time.”

Blonde is based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates, and it should be noted that it is not a fact-based biopic about the life of Marilyn Monroe. It recreates much of her life, from her volatile childhood as Norma Jean to her meteoric rise to Hollywood stardom. I think this is why there was wiggle room to cast de Armas as Marilyn Monroe because the book is not a direct depiction of her real-life story. In addition to de Armas, the film stars Bobby Cannavale, Adrien Brody, Julianne Nicholson, Xavier Samuel and Evan Williams.

Do YOU ​​agree with Marilyn Monroe’s estate? Blonde will debut in competition at the Venice Film Festival and will hit Netflix globally that 28 September 2022.

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