Brad Pitt defends Ana de Armas’ performance as Marilyn Monroe
Brad Pitt is a gentleman who prefers de Armas.
The 58-year-old producer praised Ana de Armas’ performance as movie icon Marilyn Monroe in the upcoming Netflix film ‘Blonde’ on Tuesday after the actress received negative comments for her portrayal of the blonde bombshell, reports Entertainment Weekly.
“She’s phenomenal in it,” said Pitt, who is producing the film through his company Plan B.
“It’s a difficult dress to fill. It took 10 years of preparation. It wasn’t until we found Ana that we were able to cross the finish line.
The “Knives Out” actress announced in March 2019 that she would be playing Monroe and was immediately slammed by viewers who complained that a Cuban actress shouldn’t play the American icon.
“Blonde” is adapted from the 2000 book of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates and takes a fictionalized look at the ups and downs of Monroe’s personal life and professional career.
The trailer for the film, which was released in late July, shows de Armas’ appearance to be nearly identical to the real Marilyn Monroe, however, most viewers said they could still hear De Armas’ Cuban accent. Weapons.
Marilyn Monroe’s estate released a statement in support of de Armas’ casting, saying they were delighted to see her portrayed.
“Marilyn Monroe is a singular Hollywood and pop culture icon who transcends generations and history. Any actor who steps into this role knows they have big shoes to fill,” estate reps said. .
“Based on the trailer alone, it seems Ana was a great casting choice as she captures Marilyn’s glamour, humanity and vulnerability. We can’t wait to see the movie in its entirety!
Armas revealed that she also took several steps to ensure she honored Monroe as well.
“I read Joyce’s novel, studied hundreds of photographs, videos, audio recordings, films—everything I could get my hands on. Each scene is inspired by an existing photograph. We were looking at every detail of the photo and debating what was going on in it,” Armas told Netflix Queue.
“The first question was always: ‘How did Norma Jeane feel here?’ We wanted to tell the human side of his story. Fame is what made Marilyn the most visible person in the world, but it also made Norma the most invisible. Norma Jeane Mortensen was the original name of the Hollywood icon, who died in 1962.
“Blonde,” which also stars Bobby Cannavale as Joe DiMaggio and Adrien Brody as Arthur Miller, is set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival before hitting Netflix on September 28.