Marilyn Monroe property defends Ana de Armas’ ‘Blonde’ accent

The Marilyn Monroe property has come to the protection of “Blonde” star Ana de Armas after some criticized the Cuban Spanish actor’s voice within the trailer for the Netflix biopic.

In response to complaints about De Armas’ accent, representatives for the Monroe property issued statements this week supporting “Blonde” director Andrew Dominik’s resolution to solid the “Knives Out” breakout because the silver-screen legend.

“Marilyn Monroe is a singular Hollywood and pop culture icon that transcends generations and history,” mentioned Marc Rosen, president of leisure at Genuine Manufacturers Group (ABG), which owns the Monroe property.

“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!”

Final week, Netflix launched the trailer for “Blonde,” which sees De Armas remodel into Monroe — platinum-blond hair, pink lipstick, signature magnificence mark and all. Whereas most agreed De Armas seemed the half, not everybody thought she sounded enough just like the late film star, who died 60 years in the past. .

Others, nonetheless, have been unbothered by De Armas’ accent and accused the performer’s haters of bigotry and xenophobia. A number of identified the historical past of actors from the US botching accents whereas taking part in characters from different international locations — in addition to non-Latinx European actors failing to capture American accents whereas portraying folks from the US — and getting a free cross.

“For us at the Marilyn Monroe estate, it’s thrilling to see all of the different portrayals of her by celebrities and actors from Kim Kardashian to Michelle Williams and now Ana De Armas,” mentioned Nick Woodhouse, president and chief advertising and marketing officer at ABG.

“There are no rules when it comes to how an artist can honor her legacy. We embrace new interpretations of Marilyn that pay homage to her iconic star power, beauty and humanity, and bring her into relevant cultural conversations.”

Equally supportive of De Armas was actor and producer Brad Pitt, who co-produced “Blonde” by means of his firm, Plan B. On the Los Angeles premiere of his new film, “Bullet Train,” Pitt had nothing however reward for the “Gray Man” and “No Time to Die” star, whom he credited with getting the Monroe venture off the bottom.

“She is phenomenal in it,” Pitt advised “Entertainment Tonight” on Monday. “That’s a tough dress to fill.”

“It was 10 years in the making,” he added. “It wasn’t until we found Ana that we could get it across the finish line.”

Tailored from Joyce Carol Oates’ novel of the identical title, “Blonde” is ready to premiere quickly on the Venice Worldwide Movie Pageant, which runs from Aug. 31 to Sept. 10. The film will start streaming on Netflix on Sept. 28.