- “Blonde” director Andrew Dominik said the movie is an expression of the #MeToo movement
- The film starring Ana de Armas received an NC-17 rating from the Motion Picture Association
- It will show Marilyn Monroe’s journey from being an unwanted child to becoming the most wanted person in the world
Ana de Armas’ will be playing Marilyn Monroe in “Blonde” and director Andrew Dominik has teased some details about the upcoming film.
Dominik spoke with Vulture about the timing of the movie’s release following the #MeToo era. The director believed it would have been great if it was released a few years back when the #MeToo movement was at its peak because by then “it would have been an expression of all that stuff.” He felt that at this moment, “people are really uncertain about where any lines are.”
“It’s a film that definitely has a morality about it. But it swims in very ambiguous waters because I don’t think it will be as cut-and-dried as people want to see it,” he explained. “There’s something in it to offend everyone.”
The upcoming movie that chronicles Monroe’s life was an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ 2000 novel of the same title about the Hollywood Icon. It received an NC-17 rating from the Motion Picture Association in March due to its “sexual content.”
“I thought we’d colored inside the lines,” he told the outlet. “But I think if you’ve got a bunch of men and women in a boardroom talking about sexual behavior, maybe the men are going to be worried about what the women think. It’s just a weird time. It’s not like depictions of [a] happy sexuality. It’s depictions of situations that are ambiguous.”
He noted that it would be “dangerous to do other people’s thinking for them” and would rather “go and see the NC-17 version of the Marilyn Monroe story.”
Dominik said “Blonde” will showcase all the childhood drama that Monroe went through, how she carried them into her adult life and how fame affected her life. The director said it raised the need for a “split into a public self which can be loved, and a private self which has no hope of achieving intimacy.”
“On [the] simplest level, it’s about an unwanted child who becomes the most wanted person in the world and can’t deal with all of that desire coming at them,” he explained.
In an interview with Grazia, de Armas said she had to go bald by wearing a bald cap every day to wear blonde wigs because Monroe went through different shades of blonde from golden to platinum. The process wasn’t easy as they had to do her makeup for three hours and a half daily. So, she was emotional when she saw her transformation for the first time.
“I think I actually cried the first time I saw [the wigs] on. Probably because I was terrified,” de Armas said. “But, I’m so proud.”
De Armas said it was “incredible” to portray Monroe. At the same time, it was “very exhausting.”
“It was a lot of hard work to play her in what I think was a really honest way of portraying her,” she added.
“Blonde” will be released on Netflix this year.
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