In a new profile of Ana de Armas (Knives Out, Blade Runner 2049) on her journey to play Marilyn Monroe in the recently released Netflix movie Blonde NC-17, Variety writes about the difficult challenges the actor faced in convincing the streaming service that she could play the iconic and troubled model-actor. The film has begun theatrical release in the United States and arrives on Netflix on September 28.
de Armas tells Variety about the grueling time she spent working on the film, which began production in August 2019 and stretched through July 2021 due to the pandemic. But before that, she recalls the pressure and preparation for the in-person screen test with Netflix. The scene, in which Monroe begs her husband Joe DiMaggio to let her move to New York so she can start over and live away from Hollywood, called for de Armas to summon all of Monroe’s passions and despairs at once.
“It got worse and worse and worse and worse – it was a constant reminder that I wasn’t good enough,” de Armas said. “No matter what I say or how I say it, it’s still not good enough. And I’m not going to be accepted for that.”
However, despite what she thought of her performance, Blonde obviously got the nod. The film, de Armas recently said Empireis “supposed to create controversy and discomfort”.
de Armas also spoke at length to Variety about the early obstacles to her Cuban and Spanish acting career, and in addition to capturing the essence of Monroe, she had to work extensively with an accent coach. “There were times when I thought this movie might never come out,” de Armas said. “Someone’s voice has many qualities. It’s not just accent or pitch or breath. You can very well imitate someone and have no soul. As much as I wanted her to come close as much of his voice as possible, if that voice didn’t have any feelings, it meant nothing to me.”
In addition to Blonde, de Armas will star in the John Wick spin-off, Ballerina. She also recently discussed the future of the James Bond series, saying Bond shouldn’t be played by a woman.
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