'Blonde' on Netflix: Marilyn Monroe's Estate calls Ana de Armas 'great casting choice' amid accent criticism
Ana de Armas is undoubtedly one of the brightest talents working in the industry right now and has given phenomenal performances in recent projects. From ‘Knives Out’ to ‘Deep Water’, Armas has been proving her mantle as an actor with each project that she worked on. However, her next movie ‘Blonde’ is touted to be a game-changer for her career and sees her playing the role of iconic Marilyn Monroe. Ever since the trailer of the Netflix movie has released online, the actress has been facing a lot of criticism for her Cuban accent.
A lot of people believe that Armas’ accent is not even close to Monroe’s and expressed their disappointment on social media. However, the actress has now received a seal of “approval” from someone close to the blonde bombshell. Marc Rosen, president of entertainment at Authentic Brands Group, which owns the Marilyn Monroe Estate, praised Ana de Armas for her performance as the iconic celebrity and called her a “great casting”.
In a statement given to Variety, the estate also noted that Armas has captured Monroe’s “humanity” and “vulnerability” with precision.
The statement read, “Marilyn Monroe is a singular Hollywood and pop culture icon that transcends generations and history. Any actor that steps 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 film in its entirety!”
The Netflix flick explores the life of Norma Jeane Mortensen who came to Hollywood for becoming an actress in the 1950s and early 1960s. She achieved what she wanted to and became an actress under the pseudonym Marilyn Monroe. She became a worldwide phenomenon because of her unparalleled beauty and great comedic timing. However, her career was filled with a lot of issues regarding abuse of power and drug addiction. We can say that everything in her life was not as glamorous as it looked from the outside.
In a recent interview with The Sunday Times, Armas revealed that it took her nine months to learn how to speak like Monroe. She called the process “exhausting” and a “big torture”. The actress added, “I tried! It only took me nine months of dialect coaching, and practicing, and some ADR sessions [rerecording dialogue after filming]. It was a big torture, so exhausting. My brain was fried.” On the other hand, the ‘No Time To Die’ star spent almost three hours in makeup every day to transform into Monroe.
The movie also stars Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Julianne Nicholson, Sara Paxton, Xavier Samuel, and Evan Williams in pivotal roles.
‘Blonde’ hits Netflix globally on September 28.