In a new profile of Ana de Armas (Knives Out, Blade Runner 2049) on her journey to the role of Marilyn Monroe in Netflix’s recently released NC-17 film Blonde, Diversity writes about the tough challenges the actor faced to convince the streaming service that he could play the legendary and troubled model-actor. The film has opened in theaters in the US, and will arrive on Netflix on September 28.
de Armas talks to Variety about the grueling time she spent working on the film, which began production in August 2019 and has been extended until July 2021 due to the pandemic. But before that, she remembers the pressure and preparation that went through the personal test screen with Netflix. The scene in which Monroe begs husband Joe DiMaggio to let her move to New York so she can start over and live away from Hollywood—called on de Armas to summon all of Monroe’s passions and despairs at once.
“It just got 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 won’t be accepted for this.”
However, despite how she felt about her performance, the Blonde apparently got the green light. The movie, de Armas said recently empire“it should create controversy and discomfort.”
de Armas also spoke at length to Variety about the obstacles at the beginning of her career as a Cuban and Spanish actress, and in addition to capturing Monroe’s essence, she had to work extensively with an accent coach. “There were times when I thought this movie might never come out,” de Armas said. “There are many qualities to a person’s voice. It’s not just the accent or the pitch or the breathing. You can imitate someone very well without having a soul. As much as I wanted to make it as close to her voice as possible, if that voice isn’t. I don’t feel that it meant nothing to me.”
In addition to Blonde, de Armas will star in the John Wick spinoff, Ballerina. She also recently discussed the future of the James Bond series, saying that Bond should not be played by a woman.
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