Marilyn Monroe’s estate defends Ana de Armas from criticism of the biographical accent | Anne of Arms

Marilyn Monroe’s estate has come to Ana de Armas’ defense following criticism for her accent in her portrayal of Monroe in an upcoming biopic.

The film Blonde, based on a novel by Joyce Carol Oates, covers Monroe’s rise to fame. It is directed by Andrew Dominik and will be released by Netflix on September 28.

When the film’s trailer was released in late July, some viewers said they could hear hints of de Armas’s Spanish accent in his rendition of Monroe’s famous breathy tone. De Armas was born in Cuba and acted in Spain before moving to Hollywood.

In an interview with the Times last year, de Armas discussed the struggle to perfect Monroe’s accent, saying it took nine months of dialect training.

“It was a great torture, very exhausting. My brain was fried,” she said.

Marc Rosen, president of entertainment for Authentic Brands Group (ABG), which owns the Monroe estate, defended the casting.

“Marilyn Monroe is a singular Hollywood and pop culture icon that transcends generations and history,” he said.

“Any actor who steps into that role knows they have big shoes to fill. Based on the trailer alone, it sounds like Ana was a great casting choice, as she captures Marilyn’s glamour, humanity, and vulnerability. We can’t wait to see the movie in its entirety!”

De Armas also said that Dominik, the director, was confident in his ability to play Monroe after an audition, but “had to audition for everyone else”.

“The producers. The money people. I always have people I needed to convince. But I knew I could do it. Playing Marilyn was groundbreaking. A Cuban playing Marilyn Monroe. I wanted it so bad,” she said.

In a separate interview with Netflix Queue, de Armas said that he “read Joyce’s novel, studied hundreds of photographs, videos, audio recordings, movies, anything I could get my hands on. Each scene is inspired by an existing photograph. We thoroughly examined every detail of the photo and discussed what was happening in it.”

Brad Pitt, whose production company Plan B is producing the film, also praised de Armas amid criticism for his accent in the film.

“She’s phenomenal at it,” Pitt told the New York Post. “That is a difficult dress to fill. It was 10 years in the making. It wasn’t until we found Ana that we were able to cross the finish line.”

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