Ana de Armas – known for ‘Knock before entering’, ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and ‘007: No Time to Die’ – spent three hours a day with a speech therapist to perfect her accent to play Marilyn Monroe in the feature film ‘Blonde’, newest biopic telling the story of the iconic actress.
The young Cuban star said that her preparation began well before the recording of the controversial feature by director Andrew Dominik, when she was still filming ‘Knives Out’ – a film that “put her on the map” of Hollywood with a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in Comedy or Musical -, a vocal professional was already with her on set and they trained three hours a day.
The actress, who before working in American cinema ventured to Spain, her grandparents’ home country, received a lot of criticism when the first trailer for the production, which opens on the 28th, was released. Even with all the preparation, some netizens said that she “didn’t sound like Marilyn”.
“It was about observing her facial expressions, her mouth, the roundness of her lips, how she showed her lower teeth and why the ‘O’s were made that way. “Someone’s voice is more than just a specific accent. It says a lot more about the person.”
The director of ‘Blonde’ revealed that he worried about the casting of Armas, since English is not his mother tongue. “I had concerns, until I saw her act, then I forgot what I should be worried about”, confessed Dominik .
“We felt like we were dealing with Norma Jeane [nome real de Monroe] and Norma should sound less like a Marilyn Monroe cartoon.”
The newest Marilyn Monroe biopic arrives on the Netflix streaming service on September 28th. Check out the trailer.