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Marilyn Monroe's Estate Hits Back At Criticism Of Ana De Armas' Accent In 'Adults Only' Film

Charisa Bossinakis

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Marilyn Monroe's Estate Hits Back At Criticism Of Ana De Armas' Accent In 'Adults Only' Film

Marilyn Monroe’s Estate has defended Ana de Armas portraying the Hollywood icon despite her Cuban accent.


Loads of fans are thrilled to see the Knives Out star become one of the greatest screen legends from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

However, some were left frustrated when the trailer for Blonde dropped as Armas did not entirely capture the actor's American twang.


One person wrote on Twitter: “They rly made that whole a** Marilyn Monroe movie and didn’t hire Ana De Armas an accent coach.”

Another person said: “It looks good with no sound on. but Ana de Armas accent comes through so much for me it’s off putting. a bit disappointed as it looks good besides that."

A third person said: “I'm so torn on this. I love Ana de Armas, but her accent really pulls me out of the trailer, which isn't entirely her fault. Just doesn't quite hit with me. I'll definitely be watching it, maybe it's better in full context.”

While another wrote: “Ana de Armas’ terrible American accent in Blonde is payback for Al Pacino’s terrible Cuban accent in Scarface.”


Despite this criticism, Marilyn Monroe’s Estate has clapped back and said the 34-year-old actor perfectly captures Monroe's ‘vulnerability’ and ‘glamour’, according to Variety.

Marc Rosen, President of Entertainment at Authentic Brands Group (ABG), which owns the Marilyn Monroe Estate, said in a statement: “Marilyn Monroe is a singular Hollywood and pop culture icon that transcends generations and history.

“Any actor that steps into that role knows they have big shoes to fill.


"Based on the trailer alone, it looks like Ana was a great casting choice as she captures Marilyn’s glamour, humanity and vulnerability. We can’t wait to see the film in its entirety!”

In 2020, the No Time to Die actor opened up to Vanity Fair about the casting process and how she thought the film's director, Andrew Dominik, made a bold choice to cast a Cuban actor.

She said: “I only had to audition for Marilyn once and Andrew said ‘It’s you,’ but I had to audition for everyone else. The producers. The money people. I always have people I needed to convince. But I knew I could do it. 

“Playing Marilyn was groundbreaking.


"A Cuban playing Marilyn Monroe. I wanted it so badly.”

Blonde is being touted as an 'adults only' movie as it's the first Netflix film to carry an NC-17 rating in the US, meaning it's been deemed unsuitable for anyone younger than 17.

That probably means it'll get an 18 rating in the UK, with the movie carrying warnings over explicit sexual content.

Based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates, Blonde is a fictional account of the iconic movie star's life and the movie is going to be a work of fiction rather than a fully accurate biopic.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix / YouTube. Ana.de.armas / Instagram.

Topics: News, TV and Film, Celebrity

Charisa Bossinakis
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