The next Marilyn Monroe movie is intentionally trying to be controversial and make viewers feel uncomfortable, according to star Ana de Armas. Speaking to Empire, de Armas said director Andrew Dominik “didn’t commit” to her vision, “not once.”
The film, which is based on the novel of the same name and is Netflix’s first NC-17 original film, blurs the line between fact and fiction. It is not a traditional biopic. de Armas said, “It’s a movie that’s supposed to create controversy and discomfort.”
The film features a vaginal POV shot and scenes showing conversations with a fetus. There is also a sexual assault scene by a studio head. “It’s supposed to make you think about what happened and what’s still happening,” de Armas said. “He’s revolutionary, and I think he’s very brave.”
Its controversial content is not intended to be free, de Armas said. “It always came from a great respect [for] and understanding of that trauma,” he said. “Despite the NC-17 rating, I never felt like there was any exploitation. This movie is meant to be an experience, to move along with your feelings, what you’re going through. And that, unfortunately, takes what it takes.”
“Whether we were shooting an abortion scene, dealing with abuse, nudity, happy sex, unhappy sex, it’s very important to show reality,” he said.
Given this, Dominik said that Blonde aims to “offend everyone” who sees it. Viewers can decide for themselves when Blonde arrives on Netflix on September 23.
In other news, new Blonde images have been released showing de Armas and her co-stars Bobby Cannavale as Joe DiMaggio and Adrien Brody as Monroe’s husband, playwright Arthur Miller.
In addition to Blonde, de Armas will play the title role in Ballerina, the John Wick spin-off. She also recently spoke about the future of the James Bond series and said that Bond should not be played by a woman.
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