Blonde Director Says Ana de Armas-Starring Film About Marilyn Monroe Will 'Offend Everyone'
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Andrew Dominik thinks it's an "interesting timing" for the release of his upcoming fictional film about Marilyn Monroe.
The 54-year-old director told Vulture about Blonde, which stars Ana De Armas and is set in the post-#MeToo era.
"If it had come out a few years ago, it would have come out right around the time #MeToo came out and it would have been an expression of all of those things," he said. "I think we're in a time now where people are really unsure of where any lines are."
"It's a film that definitely has a moral. But he's swimming in very ambiguous waters because I don't think he's going to be as hackneyed as people want to see him," he added. "There's something in there to offend everyone."
The director admitted he was "surprised" that Blonde - an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' 2000 novel about the Hollywood icon - received an NC-17 rating from the Motion Picture Association for "for some." sexual content”.
"I thought we colored the lines," he told the outlet. "But I think if you have a group of men and women in a boardroom talking about sexual behavior, maybe the men will worry about what the women think. It's just a strange time. It's not like depictions of happy sexuality. They are ambiguous representations of situations.”
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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt/The LIFE Picture Collection/Shutterstock (12122036a) Portrait of American actress Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) while posing on the front patio of her home in Hollywood, California, May 1953. Portrait of Marilyn Monroe , Hollywood, California, USA
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"It's dangerous to do other people's thinking for them. Who knows? On the one hand, I think if I had a choice, I'd rather watch the NC-17 version of the Marilyn Monroe story. Because we know her life was on the brink, of course how it ended," he continued. "Do you want to see the warts-and-all version or do you want to see the cleaned version?"
Dominik said that Blonde charts the impact of fame on Monroe's life.
"Basically, the idea behind Blonde is that it describes childhood drama and wrong ideas that she carries into her adult life, and she sees the world through the lens of those ideas," he shared. "And they require a split into a public self that can be loved and a private self that has no hope of intimacy. She doesn't really see the world; she sees herself.”
"At the most basic level, it's about an unwanted child who becomes the most wanted person in the world and can't handle all of this desire that's coming their way," he added.
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Last year, De Armas, 34, told Byrdie that changing into Monroe wasn't glamorous.
"I had to go bald every day because with the blonde wigs ... [Marilyn] went through different shades of blonde, from golden to really platinum, so you can't have anything dark underneath with those beautifully made wigs, so we had to go bald every day from." from my forehead to [around] my whole head," the El Internado star told the outlet.
"It was about three and a half hours of makeup every day. I think I actually cried when I first saw [the wigs]. Probably because I was scared," she joked. "But I'm so proud."
Dominik told Vulture that the film will now likely be released in September after being pushed back from 2020.
"Netflix is big business with a lot bigger fish than Blonde in terms of where they spend their money. They pay $400 million for movies. A little $22 million movie, it won't break the bank for Netflix," he said. "I think they just want to get their kind of marketing plan in order before they start rolling it out. Then we have to figure out how they plan to bring him into the world.”
American actress, model and singer (1926-1962)
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