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Ana de Armas complains about the age rating of “Blonde”, her film about Marilyn Monroe

To the actress Ana de Armas doesn’t like the age rating that have been awarded in the United States to his latest film, Blonde, a Netflix production about the life of Marilyn Monroe, since it is only recommended for people over 17 years of age. Its premiere in the United States is scheduled for this September 8.

Blondein which the Spanish-Cuban artist Ana de Armas plays Marilyn Monroe, received an NC-17 rating from the United States Motion Picture Association earlier this year due to “certain sexual content” which includes the film, according to the organization’s website.

This means that the film is recommended for adults only and that no one under the age of 17 should enter a cinema to see it.

One of the first images of "Blonde", the film about Marilyn with Ana de Armas.  Netflix Photo

One of the first images of “Blonde”, the film about Marilyn with Ana de Armas. Netflix Photo

The position of Ana de Armas

In an interview with the magazine L’Officiel, of which she is on the cover, the Spanish-Cuban actress talks about Monroe’s hypersexualized personalityeither as a reflection of her own desires or how people took advantage of her, something the film’s director Andrew Dominik wanted to tackle head-on.

“I didn’t understand why that happened”says the actress about the rating.

“I can tell you about all a series of shows or movies that are much more explicit, with much more sexual content than Blonde. But to tell this story, it’s important to show all those moments in Marilyn’s life that made her end the way she did.”

“It needed to be explained. Everyone (cast members) knew we had to go to awkward places. I wasn’t the only one,” she said.

Ana de Armas, characterized as Marilyn Monroe, in "Blonde".  Netflix Photo

Ana de Armas, characterized as Marilyn Monroe, in “Blonde”. Netflix Photo

It’s not a biopic

Blonde is directed by Andrew Dominik (Kill them softly) and is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates.

Strictly speaking, the film cannot be described as a biopic about the blonde actress since the writer re-imagines the life of Norma Jeane, aka Marilyn Monroe. Oates has always emphasized that his work is fiction, so there are things that appear in it that did not happen in real life.

Shot in 2019, Blonde has been pushing back its release date for years. Rumors about how raunchy the movie is and the appearance of certain controversial sex scenespointed to the reason that the N’s streaming platform did not want to bring it to light.

“Andrew’s ambitions were very clear from the start: present a version of Marilyn Monroe’s life through her lens”, says Ana de Armas, who plays the Hollywood icon.

“I wanted the world to experience what it really feels like to be not only Marilyn, but also Norma Jeane. I found it to be the most daring, unapologetic, feminist version of her story that I had ever seen.”.

Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe in "Blonde."  Netflix Photo

Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe in “Blonde.” Netflix Photo

Almodóvar already saw it

Pedro Almodóvar wrote in May in his column of The newspaper that I had already seen it and that it is a “great” movie. He also said: “I have recorded a sequence (if it does not disappear from the final montage) of the harassment, something else, I would say, that he suffered from President JFK. The sequence is explicit enough to feel Marilyn’s own revulsion at such a moment.”

“If it had come out a few years ago, it would have come out right around the time #MeToo came around and it would have been an expression of all of that. We’re at a time now, I think, where people aren’t sure where the lines are…”

“It’s a movie that definitely has a moral about it, but swims in very ambiguous waters because I don’t think it’s as straightforward as people want to see it. There is something in it that offends everyone“, concluded the Spanish director.

Source: EFE

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