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Director Says Marilyn Monroe Biopic Will 'Offend Everyone'

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Director Says Marilyn Monroe Biopic Will 'Offend Everyone'
Director Says Marilyn Monroe Biopic Will 'Offend Everyone' (Netflix)

The director of the upcoming Marilyn Monroe biopic says the film will 'offend everyone'.

Andrew Dominik is the man in charge of delivering Blonde, a movie which follows the life of the Hollywood icon.

Monroe will be played by the No Time To Die actor Ana de Armas.

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So far, we don't know loads about the film, only that it'll be available to stream on Netflix sometime this year.

However, Dominik has given an insight on what to expect and insists that 'there’s something in it to offend everyone'.

Ana de Armas is set to star is Monroe in the upcoming flick. Credit: Alamy
Ana de Armas is set to star is Monroe in the upcoming flick. Credit: Alamy

In an interview with Vulture, he said: "It’s an interesting time for Blonde to come out.

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"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 that stuff.

"We’re in a time now, I think, where people are really uncertain about where any lines are.

"It’s a film that definitely has a morality about it.

"But it swims in very ambiguous waters because I don’t think it will be as cut-and-dried as people want to see it.

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"There’s something in it to offend everyone."

Director Andrew Dominik. Credit: Alamy
Director Andrew Dominik. Credit: Alamy

With regards to what version of Monroe will be played in the film, the director explained: "Well, you know, Marilyn's whole vibe was 'rescue me.'

"Some great feminist writers have said this: Everything that's been written about Marilyn Monroe, whether it's by Norman Mailer or Gloria Steinem, is a rescue fantasy.

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"It's all from the point of view of: 'If I'd been there, I'd have understood her. If I'd been there, she would've been fine'.

"Blonde the movie is no different, you know?"

Marilyn Monroe. Credit: Alamy
Marilyn Monroe. Credit: Alamy

Dominik also spoke about Blonde‘s NC-17 rating, to which he was baffled by.

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He added: "I was surprised. Yeah. I thought we'd colored inside the lines. But I think if you've got a bunch of men and women in a boardroom talking about sexual behaviour, maybe the men are going to be worried about what the women think.

"It's just a weird time. It's not like depictions of happy sexuality. It's depictions of situations that are ambiguous. And Americans are really strange when it comes to sexual behavior, don't you think? I don't know why. They make more porn than anyone else in the world."

Ana de Armas in No Time To Die. Credit: Alamy
Ana de Armas in No Time To Die. Credit: Alamy

Alongside Ana de Armas, Bobby Cannavale will play 'The Ex-Athlete', while Adrien Brody will star as 'The Playwright'.

The film also features Julianne Nicholson as Gladys, Rebecca Wisocky as Yvet, Sara Paxton as Miss Flynn, Toby Huss as Whitey and Catherine Dent as Jean.

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Anish Vij

Anish has an MA in Multimedia Journalism and is passionate about delivering sarcastic/mildly amusing content. After studying business at undergrad, Anish realised that he’d much prefer getting paid to rant about a topic, rather than to find a solution to it. Apart from that, he loves the ‘Four F’s’, as he calls it - family, friends, football and food. Email: [email protected]

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