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The Internet is at War Over Ana de Armas’ Accent in New Marilyn Monroe ‘Blonde’ Trailer


We all thought the internet would bring people together, but sadly it’s done the opposite. If you jump onto social media, it seems the platforms have enabled an outlet for the worst parts of human nature, with users constantly bickering and fighting over every issue imaginable, no matter how trivial. The latest BS e-conflict centres on Ana de Armas’ accent in the new Marilyn Monroe Blonde trailer. Netflix released the film’s official preview on July 28, leaving fans outraged over Armas’ casting because her voice doesn’t match Monroe’s iconic breathy tones. Check out the trailer above and see for yourself.

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Blonde Ana de Armas

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As you can hear in the clip above, there is undoubtedly traces of de Armas’ accent coming through in her performance. This should be no surprise, with the 34-year-old Cuban native only learning English in 2014. However, it seems some members of the public can’t move passed the decision to put the actress in the role.

 

Talking with The Times of London, De Armas said he had worked on her Monroe accent for a year before filming for Blonde began. The actor said, “It took me nine months of dialect coaching and practising and some ADR sessions . It was a big torture, so exhausting. My brain was fried.”

Despite the effort, some bird app users still find her voice distracting, considering Monroe had a typical American accent. Some have said Ana not perfecting it for the potential Oscar-worthy role is bizarre, especially since so many international actors alter their accents, resulting in rave reviews and much fanfare. Yet, others have pointed out a clear double standard, noting the countless times American actors have butchered foreign accents of other nationalities.

Interestingly, Monroe’s Estate – who has not authorised the film – release a statement supporting de Armas’ casting. “Marilyn Monroe is a singular Hollywood and pop culture icon that transcends generations and history,” said Marc Rosen, president of entertainment at Authentic Brands Group (ABG), which owns the Marilyn Monroe Estate. “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!”

Blonde is based on the fictional novel by Joyce Carol Oates. The film reimagines the life of Monroe, from her volatile childhood as Norma Jeane to her rise to fame. Starring alongside de Armas is Bobby Cannavale, Julieanne Nicholson, Adrien Brody, Xavier Samuel and Evan Williams.

As the rage continues, we look forward to more Netflix will release Blonde on its streaming service globally on September 28. If you haven’t already, check out the trailer above.

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