Marilyn Monroe biopic starring Ana de Armas will ‘offend everyone’, according to Australian director Andrew Dominic
Australian director Andrew Dominic said the NC-17-rated biopic of Marilyn Monroe starring Anna de Armas has “something in it that offends everyone”.
A 54-year-old New Zealander in an interview with Eagle On Wednesday, he said he was surprised that Netflix’s upcoming movie received an NC-17 rating, which under no circumstances allows anyone under 18 to watch it in theaters.
On the other hand, I think if I had a choice, I’d rather go and see the NC-17 version of the Marilyn Monroe story. Because we know her life was on edge, clearly, from the way it ended. Dominic: Do you want to see the full version or the warts, or do you want to see that sterile version?
Upcoming biography: NC-17-ranked Marilyn Monroe’s biography starring Ana de Armas, which premiered last September in London, contains “something that offends everyone,” said Australian director Andrew Dominic.
Blonde, based on the 2000 novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates, has been a long-running project for Dominic with filming set to begin in January 2011.
Dominic said it was an “enjoyable time” to release Blonde.
If it had been brought up a few years ago, it would have appeared right when Me Too hit and it could have been an expression of all of these things. We’re now in a time, I think, where people aren’t really sure where any lines are.
It’s a movie that definitely has manners about it. But it does swim in very murky waters because I don’t think it will be as cut and dry as people want to see it. “There is something in him that offends everyone,” Dominic added.
The Longtime Project: Blonde, based on the 2000 novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates about Marilyn Monroe (appearing in a 1953 promotion for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), was a longtime project for Dominic with a shootout set to begin way back in January 2011
Australian Director: The blonde director Dominic, which premiered September 2016 in Italy, was born in New Zealand and has been living in Australia since the age of two.
Jessica Chastain, 45, was in talks in 2014 to play Monroe.
Cuban actress de Armas, 34, was chosen in late 2019 as the title role.
Dominic spoke about the actress while answering a question about his choice of Australian actor and comedian Eric Bana, 53, to portray notorious Australian criminal Mark Chopper Reid in his 2000 film Chopper.
Leading role: Cuban actress de Armas, who was shown in January 2020 at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, was cast in late 2019 in the lead role of a blonde.
Mark can do. Don’t know if you’ve seen Mark Chopper Reed, the real guy? It’s unbelievable how close Eric is to this guy. His father thought that in some parts of Chopper, it was actually Mark. Usually the problem with most movies is that they are wrong. “Not most movies,” Dominic said, “but it can happen.”
It’s the same problem with Blonde. You have to make the person you buy Marilyn Monroe. She’s amazing, that girl. You have no idea dude. You have no idea how good Anna is. She’s as good as James Gandolfini.
Blonde is set to release in September on Netflix and will be the streaming service’s first original film to receive an NC-17 rating.
Hollywood Icon: Monroe was shown in March 1962 at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills
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