According to a recent interview with AnOther Magazine, Ana de Armas and the crew of the upcoming Netflix film Blonde visited Marilyn Monroe’s grave to ask for permission to move forward with the movie.
While some media retellings of Monroe’s life take a more biographical approach, Blonde is leaning more into the fictional approach to telling her story and is based on the 2000 novel by Joyce Carol Oates of the same name.
Blonde is directed by Andrew Dominik and is a much more racy story of the starlet’s life, having earned itself an NC-17 rating. Alongside de Armas, the film stars Adrien Brody as Arthur Miller, Bobby Cannavale as Joe DiMaggio, Julianne Nicholson as Gladys Pearl Baker, and Caspar Phillipson as John F. Kennedy.
In the interview with AnOther Magazine, de Armas shared that she and the crew of the film had signed a card and placed it on the late actress’s grave as their way of “asking permission” to tell this fictionalized version of her life story.
“We got this big card and everyone in the crew wrote a message to her,” de Armas explained. “Then we went to the cemetery and put it on her grave. We were asking for permission in a way. Everyone felt a huge responsibility, and we were very aware of the side of the story we were going to tell – the story of Norma Jeane, the person behind this character, Marilyn Monroe. Who was she really?”
It’s clear that, even though Blonde won’t be a dedicated biographical retelling of Monroe’s life, the cast and crew of the sensational film have taken great pains to remain truthful to the heart and emotion of the starlet’s tragic story. Even in a fictional view of a real-life person, from her statements, it is easy to see that de Armas has taken it upon herself to reach down to the core of what made Marilyn Monroe who she was.
Initial reviews of the film are mixed, with a current Rotten Tomato score of 53% from critics, but time will tell on what the audience itself thinks of the film, which will be released on Netflix on September 28.