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'We had to go to uncomfortable places': Ana de Armas slams 'NC-17' rating for Netflix Marilyn Monroe biopic

In a recent interview, Ana de Armas revealed that she was not happy when she learned that 'Blonde' was give NC-17 rating by the MPAA
Ana De Armas as Marilyn Monroe in a still from 'Blonde' (Netflix)
Ana De Armas as Marilyn Monroe in a still from 'Blonde' (Netflix)

Ana de Armas’ ‘Blonde’ is undoubtedly one of the highly anticipated movies of the year and if you are a fan of Marilyn Monroe, then you should mark your calendars to watch the upcoming biographical psychological drama. Monroe’s life was filled with tragedies and even though she was considered to be a “diva”, no one knew what kind of difficulties she faced in her professional and personal life. So, it was inevitable that even a “fictionalized” take on Monroe’s life will feature those hardcore moments that made Monroe a mysterious person. Maybe that’s the reason why the Motion Picture Association (MPAA) has decided to give the movie an “NC-17” Rating.

However, the rating has annoyed the cast and crew of the movie, especially Ana de Armas. While talking about MPAA’s decision to give ‘Blonde’ an NC-17 rating, the actress, who plays Marilyn Monroe in the movie, revealed that there are many projects that are way more explicit than the upcoming biopic that they recently filmed, but those titles didn’t receive the aforementioned rating.


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Ana de Armas attends Netflix's "The Gray Man" Los Angeles Premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre on July 13, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Netflix)

Armas believes that it was really important to include “uncomfortable” sequences in the movie so that viewers get to know what the popular icon went through in her life.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Armas said, “I didn't understand why that happened. I can tell you a number of shows or movies that are way more explicit with a lot more sexual content than ‘Blonde’. But to tell this story it is important to show all these moments in Marilyn's life that made her end up the way that she did. It needed to be explained. Everyone [in the cast] knew we had to go to uncomfortable places. I wasn't the only one.”

The Netflix movie joins titles like ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ (2013), ‘Descent’ (2007), ‘Shame’ (2011), and more that were given the NC-17 rating for not being suitable for anyone who has not turned 18. It is the highest rating in the MPAA film rating system.

Adèle Exarchopoulos (Adele) and Lea Seydoux (Emma) in 'Blue is the Warmest Colour' (Vertigo Films)
Adèle Exarchopoulos (Adele) and Lea Seydoux (Emma) in 'Blue is the Warmest Colour' (Vertigo Films)

Based on the bestselling novel by Joyce Carol Oates, ‘Blonde’ takes place during Monroe’s golden decades of the 50s and 60s. The fictionalized take will give viewers a glimpse of her personal life and perspective on the world. She became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and early 1960s. Even though she became an icon during the aforementioned period, her troubled personal life also received a lot of attention. Throughout her adult life, she struggled with addiction and mood disorders. Despite being the most popular woman on the planet at the time, Marilyn Monroe found herself with far more enemies than friends, leading many to believe that they were simply jealous of all the attention Monroe was receiving.

Ana De Armas as Marilyn Monroe in 'Blonde' (Netflix)
Ana De Armas as Marilyn Monroe in 'Blonde' (Netflix)

The movie also stars Adrien Brody (Arthur Miller), Bobby Cannavale (Joe DiMaggio), Julianne Nicholson (Gladys Pearl Baker), and Xavier Samuel (Charles Chaplin Jr.) in pivotal roles.

‘Blonde’ will premiere exclusively on Netflix on Friday, September 28.