Ana De Armas is upset about her new Marilyn Monroe biopic

Ana de Armas stars in a new biopic called Blonde, in which she will play Marilyn Monroe. Have you heard of her? To be clear, de Armas isn’t concerned about the plot of the upcoming film, but she is upset about some aspects of the film’s introduction. In particular, his rating.

The Netflix film is based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates, which is a fictionalized account of Monroe’s rise to fame and his heartbreaking early death at just 36, per Vogue. The film explores Monroe’s most famous marriages and romances, with Bobby Cannavale playing Joe DiMaggio, Adrien Brody as Arthur Miller and Caspar Phillipson as President John F. Kennedy from Happy Birthday, Mr. President.

While much of Monroe’s real life story has been fraught with tragedy, apparently some storylines portrayed in the film were deemed too graphic for even an R rating — but de Armas clearly disagrees.

Ana de Armas disagrees with NC-17 rating

The fact that Blonde is now the first film to be released on Netflix with an NC-17 rating has been the subject of much debate — and debate — since its announcement. Director Andrew Dominik told Screen Daily in an interview that the rating was likely due to a graphic rape scene in the film, though he still called the rating “horse ***”. He added: “It’s a challenging film. If the audience doesn’t like him, that’s the fucking audience’s problem. He’s not running for public office.” He also addressed rumors that the rating was due in part to a scene in which Monroe enjoys “bloody menstrual cunnilingus.” The Australian director called the rumors “hilarious” but denied such a scene appears in the film.

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Ana de Armas agrees with Dominik’s assessment of the rating. The actress told L’Officiel in an interview that she “don’t understand” why the film was rated NC-17. “I can point you to a number of shows or films that are much more explicit and have a lot more sexual content than ‘Blonde,'” she said. “But to tell this story, it’s important to show all of those moments in Marilyn’s life that led to her ending the way she did. It had to be explained.”

As Dominik told Screen Daily, “It’s an NC-17 film about Marilyn Monroe, it’s kind of what you want, isn’t it? I want to watch the NC-17 version of the Marilyn Monroe story.”

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