In “Blonde”, Adrien Brody plays the playwright Arthur Miller, Marilyn Monroe’s third husband. The 29-year-old native of Queens, New York, won the Academy Award for Best Actor for 2002’s “The Pianist,” playing a famous Jewish pianist in Nazi-occupied Warsaw. Working on the film, he said there were no substitutes and often felt as distant as his real-life character. “You have to stay, and there’s no time to escape being immersed in that state of mind,” the actor told Pop Matters in 2003.
Brody’s resume also includes playing Salvador Dalí in the time-travel romantic comedy Midnight in Paris, opposite Rachel McAdams and Owen Wilson. In 2017, Brody turned to the dark side, joining the BBC series “Peaky Blinders” in season three as a mob boss. He also had a cameo in “Succession” and took on the role of head coach Pat Riley in HBO’s “Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty.”
But wait, there’s more. Wes Anderson directed him as Dmitri, a son struggling to save his family’s fortune at all costs, in “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” They teamed up again in the 2021 film “The French Dispatch”, the story of a group of expatriate journalists in France, alongside Benicio Del Toro and Tilda Swinton. Working with Anderson, Brody told The Guardian, is like trying to interpret a song that is playing inside the director’s head. “He hears the music” and, as an actor, “you need to be able to hear that music and capture it.”