Marilyn Monroe biopic starring Ana De Armas will ‘offend everyone’, says Australian director Andrew Dominik
The NC-17-rated Marilyn Monroe biopic starring Ana de Armas has “something to offend anyone,” said the film’s Australian director Andrew Dominik.
The 54-year-old New Zealand resident said in an interview with Vulture on Wednesday that he was surprised that the upcoming Netflix film was given the NC-17 rating, which prohibits anyone under 18 from viewing the cinema under any circumstances.
“On the one hand, I think given the choice, I’d rather see the NC-17 version of the Marilyn Monroe story. Because we know her life was on the brink, obviously, from the way it ended. Do you want to see the warts-and-everything version or do you want to see the purified version?” said Dominik.
Upcoming biopic: The NC-17-rated biopic of Marilyn Monroe starring Ana de Armas, which was screened in London last September, has “something to offend everyone,” said the film’s Australian director Andrew Dominik.
Blonde, based on Joyce Carol Oates’ 2000 novel of the same name, has been a long-time project for Dominik, and shooting is slated for January 2011.
Dominik said it was an “interesting time” for Blonde to get out.
“If it had come out a few years ago, it would have come out right when Me Too hit and it would have been an expression of all those things. We’re in a time now, I think, where people are really insecure about where any lines are,” he said.
“It’s a movie that definitely has a moral. But it swims in very ambiguous waters, because I don’t think it’s going to be as easy as people want it to be. There’s something in it to offend anyone,” Dominik added.
Long-term project: Blonde, based on Joyce Carol Oates’ 2000 novel of the same name about Marilyn Monroe (shown in a 1953 promo for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), is a long-term project for Dominik. 2011
Australian director: Blonde director Dominik, screened in Italy in September 2016, was born in New Zealand and has lived in Australia since his second year
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 about the actress while responding to a question about his casting of Australian actor and comedian Eric Bana, 53, to play notorious Australian criminal Mark ‘Chopper’ Read in his 2000 biopic Chopper.
Starring: Cuban actress de Armas, seen in January 2020 at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, was cast in the lead role of Blonde in late 2019
“He could do Mark. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen Mark ‘Chopper’ Read, the real man? It’s unbelievable how close Eric is to that man. His own father thought that in some parts of Chopper it was actually Mark. Usually the problem with most movies is that they are cast incorrectly. Not most movies, but it can happen,” Dominik said.
“It’s the same problem with Blonde. You have to cast someone you buy as Marilyn Monroe. She’s great, that 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 a September release on Netflix and will be the streaming service’s first original film to receive an NC-17 rating.
Hollywood icon: Monroe screened at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills in March 1962