Netflix’s highly-anticipated Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde, starring Ana de Armas, will finally make its streaming debut on September 30, and people are excited to see the film’s leading lady bring the story of a Hollywood icon to life . Ahead of the film’s worldwide release, Blonde made headlines for casting de Armas, a reportedly haunted set, and most notably for its NC-17 rating — a Netflix first that surprised many.
“You can’t really control what they do and how they take things out of context.”
Though de Armas previously said she was puzzled by the adult rating of “Blonde” — aka the kiss of death for some films’ success — she now expresses concern about the possibility that her nude scenes will circulate once viewers see the film . “I know what’s going to go viral, and it’s gross,” she told Variety in a September profile. “It’s annoying just thinking about it. I can’t control it; They can’t really control what they do and how they take things out of context. It’s distasteful to think about the future of these clips.”
On September 8, Blonde premiered at the 2022 Venice Film Festival, where de Armas was joined by co-producer Brad Pitt on the red carpet. So far, the film has received mixed reviews from critics, though it earned a roaring 14-minute standing ovation (some reports say 11 minutes) at its world premiere. According to Deadline, the Venice audience sang “Ana, Ana, Ana” at the end of the two-hour, 46-minute film. Variety reported that de Armas had tears streaming down her face in response to the applause.
The outlet later spoke to de Armas’ “Knives Out” and “The Gray Man” co-star Chris Evans about her “Blonde” performance. “I think this was one of the first opportunities she had to really sink her teeth into something incredibly challenging. I didn’t see a bit of fear, I saw excitement,” he said. Upon first seeing her screen test, Evans added, “I remember looking at it and being like, ‘OK, that’s Marilyn … where’s your shot? You are that? Holy shit! You’re going to win an Oscar for this!'”
Despite the outside noise surrounding “Blonde,” de Armas is proud of her portrayal of Monroe and still keen to finally reveal it to the rest of the world. “It’s very nerve wracking! Because it’s literally not just a movie theater — it’s everyone,” she added in her Variety interview. “The world will see. So I’m very excited – and it’s time to let go.”