Brad Pitt Defends Ana De Armas After Marilyn Monroe Accent Backlash


Brad Pitt, defender of men in skirts and now Ana de Armas, wants us all to calm down about her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in “Blonde.”

Criticisms have focused on the Cuban-born actor’s accent in the recently released trailer for director Andrew Dominik’s upcoming Netflix biopic about the Hollywood icon. Pitt, who co-produced the film, joined the conversation during a recent stop from his forward press tour for his action comedy film “Bullet Train.”

“She’s phenomenal at it,” Pitt told Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday about the Armas. “That’s a difficult dress to fill.”

“It was 10 years in the making,” Pitt said of the project, which was based on Joyce Carol Oates’ novel of the same name. “It wasn’t until we found Ana that we were able to get it across the finish line.”

The film, which has been awarded a rare NC-17 rating, took an unwavering approach to explore the psyche of the movie legend, weaving both fictional and historical threads into a story of trauma and exploitation.

After the release of the trailer, Monroe’s estate, which is owned by a conglomerate of brands, came to her rescue during the controversy.

“Any actor who steps into that role knows they have big shoes to fill,” Marc Rosen, president of entertainment at Authentic Brands Group (ABG), told Variety in a statement. “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!”

“It took me nine months of dialect coaching, practice and some ADR sessions,” de Armas told The UK Times. “It was a great torture, so exhausting. My brain was fried.”

Viewers will have a chance to rate De Armas’ performance when “Blonde” arrives in the fall, but at least she also has “Knives Out” co-star Jamie Lee Curtis in her corner. The actor, whose father, Tony Curtis, famously starred alongside the real-life Monroe in “Some Like It Hot,” praised De Armas after seeing an early cut of the film.

“I fell to the floor,” Curtis told Vanity Fair. “I could not believe it. Anna was completely gone. She was Marilyn.”

See for yourself when “Blonde” hits Netflix on September 28.


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