The Marilyn Monroe biopic, starring Ana De Armas, will “offend everyone,” says Australian director Andrew Dominik
The NC-17 certified biopic of Marilyn Monroe, starring Ana de Armas, has “something about it that offends everyone,” said the film’s Australian director, Andrew Dominik.
The 54-year-old New Zealand native said in an interview with Vulture on Wednesday that he was surprised the upcoming Netflix film had received the NC-17 rating, which does not allow under 18s to view cinemas under any circumstances.
“On the one 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 the brink, clearly how it ended. Do you want to see the warts-and-all version or do you want to see the sanitized version?” said Dominik.
Upcoming biopic: The NC-17 certified biopic of Marilyn Monroe, starring Ana de Armas, which premiered in London last September, has “something about it that offends everyone,” said the film’s Australian director, Andrew Dominik
Based on the 2000 novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates, Blonde was a long-term project for Dominik, with filming scheduled to begin in January 2011.
Dominik said it’s an “interesting time” for the release of Blonde.
“If it had come out a few years ago, it would have come out right around the time Me Too came out and it would have been a printout of all that stuff. I think we’re in a time now where people are really unsure of where any lines are,” he said.
“It’s a film that definitely has a moral. But it’s swimming in very ambiguous waters because I don’t think it’s going to be as trite as people want to see it. There’s something that offends everyone,” added Dominik.
Longtime Project: Blonde, based on Joyce Carol Oates’ 2000 novel of the same name about Marilyn Monroe (featured in a 1953 promo for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), was a longtime project for Dominik, with filming scheduled to begin as early as January 2011
Australian director: Premiered in Italy in September 2016, blonde director Dominik was born in New Zealand and has lived in Australia since he was two years old
Jessica Chastain, 45, was in talks to play Monroe in 2014.
Cuban actress de Armas, 34, was cast in the lead role in late 2019.
Dominik gushed over the actress when responding to a question about his casting of Australian actor and comedian Eric Bana, 53, to portray notorious Australian criminal Mark ‘Chopper’ Read in his 2000 biopic Chopper.
Leading role: Cast in the lead role of Blonde in late 2019, Cuban actress de Armas, who starred in January 2020 at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California
“He could do Mark. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen Mark ‘Chopper’ Read, the real guy? It’s amazing how close Eric is to this guy. His own father thought it was actually Mark in some parts of Chopper. Usually the problem with most films is that they are miscast. Not most movies, but it can happen,” Dominik said.
‘It’s the same problem with Blonde. You need to cast someone you buy as Marilyn Monroe. She’s incredible, this girl. You have no idea, dude. You have no idea how good Ana is. She’s as good as James Gandolfini,’ he declared.
Blonde is slated for release on Netflix in September and will be the streaming service’s first original film to receive an NC-17 rating.
Hollywood icon: Monroe is shown at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills in March 1962