Public outraged over accentThe Society for the Preservation of the Rights of Marilyn Monroe is defending the producers’ decision to cast Ana de Armas in the role of the blonde, despite public outrage over her accent, writes Variety. Most of the criticism is directed at the fact that de Armas retained his Cuban accent, which is completely different from Monroe’s.
The company that manages the intellectual rights to Marilyn Monroe has defended Ana de Armas, who plays the famous actress in the drama Blonde from Netflix and Andrew Dominik. An official trailer for the film, released online July 28, led many viewers to feel offended because Armas had an accent that did not match Monroe’s whisper.
Although the film was not approved by the Society for the Rights of the Actress, she still felt compelled to defend her. “Marilyn Monroe is a unique figure in the landscape of Hollywood and pop culture, a figure that transcends generations and history,” said Marc Rosen, president of programs for Authentic Brands Group (ABG), which owns the intellectual rights to Marilyn Monroe.
“Any actress who takes on this role has a difficult task. Judging by the trailer, Ana seems to have been a wise choice, capturing Marilyn’s brilliance, vulnerability and human side. We can not wait to see the film in full.”
De Armas also told The Times of London that he worked on the accent in Blonde for almost a full year before filming began. The actress shared, “It took me nine months of voice training, practice and coaching. It was an ordeal, exhausting. I racked my brain…”
Blonde is inspired by the novel by Joyce Carol Oates. The dramatic film traces Monroe’s life from her unstable childhood as Norma Jeane – her real name – to her stardom. The cast also includes Bobby Cannavale, Adrien Brody, Julianne Nicholson, Xavier Samuel and Evan Williams. The film is screening for the first time in competition at the Venice Film Festival.
Most of the criticism is directed at the fact that de Armas has retained his Cuban accent, which is completely different from Monroe’s. De Armas told Vanity Fair in 2020 that Dominik’s decision to cast a Cuban woman to play an American star was “a great precedent.”
“I only gave one sample and Andrew said ‘It’s you,’ but I had to give the rest of the committee more samples,” de Armas told the magazine. “The producers. Those with money. There were always people who needed convincing. But I knew I could do it. The role of Marilyn was groundbreaking. A Cuban playing Marilyn Monroe. I wanted so much. I saw a picture of her and how she smiled, but that was just a snippet of who she was all the time.” From Ana de Armas in the role of Marilyn Monroe