Ana de Armas says she doesn’t understand Blonde’s NC-17 rating


Ana de Armas

Ana de Armas
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If anyone happens to have big plans to get hold of the pearl, take out Ana de Armas. In a new interview ahead of Netflix’s blondstarring Cuban actor Marilyn Monroe, Armas says she’s confused about how the film justified Netflix’s first-ever NC-17 rating, especially when compared to other lecherous content on the streamer (looking at you, 365 days.)

“I didn’t understand why that happened,” says Armas L’Officiale from blond‘s assessment. “I can tell you some shows or movies that are much more explicit with much more sexual content than… blond.”

Armas’s surprise at the NC-17 rating is shared by Blonde director Andrew Dominik, who previously shared: Vulture he was surprised by the judgment after feeling that his team had “colored within the lines” with Marilyn’s story.

“I think if you have a bunch of men and women in a boardroom talking about sexual behavior, the men might start to worry about what the women are thinking,” Dominik says. “It’s just an odd time. It’s not like images of happy sexuality. They are images of situations that are ambiguous.”

Dominik continues: “I think given the choice, I’d rather watch the NC-17 version of the Marilyn Monroe story. Because we know her life was on the brink, obviously, from the way it ended. Do you want to see the warts-and-everything version or do you want to see the purified version?”

While the style appreciation for warts and all is still mind-boggling, she and Dominik share a strong belief that in to do Marilyn justice, the team behind blond had to be willing to struggle with some tough stuff. Ultimately, it was never Blonde’s goal to show the public a sanitized version of the Marilyn story—nor was it the goal of the 1999 Joyce Carol Oates novel of the same title, on what the movie is based on.

“To tell this story, it’s important to show all these moments in Marilyn’s life that made her end up the way she became. It had to be explained,” says Armas. “Everybody [in the cast] knew we had to go to awkward places. I was not alone.”

blond will premiere at the Venice Film Festival this year. lt will be released on Netflix on September 28.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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