Ana de Armas’ Accent Comes Under Fire After Blonde Trailer Release

The arrival of the full trailer for Netflix’s Marilyn Monroe movie Blonde caused a fair amount of backlash, much of which has been aimed at star Ana de Armas’ accent still being present in her portrayal of the iconic actress. Along with this, the trailer reignited previous complaints that the movie is just another way of exploiting the life of Monroe and her traumas in life. However, the complaints are mostly redundant considering the feature is not a biopic but a fictionalized account of Monroe’s life based on the Joyce Carol Oates novel.

Blonde is told from the perspective of Monroe, giving her view and opinions on her life and how the world viewed her as Marilyn rather than Norma Jeane. While the movie has been in development for over a decade, and many actresses have been previously attached to the lead role, No Time To Die’s Ana de Armas ultimately won the coveted role.

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According to reports in The Times, de Armas underwent almost a year of coaching around her voice, but as has been seen in the trailer, her natural accent is very much apparent. Having only transitioned to English-speaking roles in 2015’s Knock Knock, it is not surprising that the actress has not lost her accent, and it clearly wasn’t a factor that writer-director Andrew Dominik had any issues with, and as the story doesn’t remain faithfully accurate to Monroe’s true story, it seems that the complaints are not going to give Netflix or anyone involved in the movie any sleepless nights.

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Despite the minor gripes, Blonde’s trailer depicts the movie as a stunning mix of color and black and white, with a story that is every bit as intriguing as Marilyn Monroe herself. With Netflix having had some less than well reviewed movies recently, with the likes of Red Notice still bringing in huge viewer numbers while being heavily torn into by critics, Blonde could see all that change. De Armas looks flawless as Monroe, and having had praise heaped on her by author Oates, who commended the actress’ four hours in make-up to transform herself into the icon for filming. Oates also spoke about director Dominik, saying, “Andrew Dominik is a very brilliant director. I think he succeeded in showing the experience of Norma Jeane Baker from her perspective, rather than see it from the outside, the male gaze looking at a woman. He immersed himself in her perspective.”

Blonde’s supporting cast includes Adrien Brody as Arthur Miller, Bobby Cannavale as Joe DiMaggio, Julianne Nicholson as Gladys Pearl Baker, Caspar Phillipson as John F. Kennedy, Toby Huss as Allan “Whitey” Snyder, Sara Paxton as Miss Flynn, David Warshofsky as Darryl F. Zanuck, Evan Williams as Edward G. Robinson Jr., Xavier Samuel as Charles Chaplin Jr., Michael Masini as Tony Curtis, Luke Whoriskey as James Dean, as well as Garret Dillahunt, Scoot McNairy, Lucy DeVito, Chris Lemmon, and Dan Butler.

Blonde will debut on Netflix on September 23.