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Ana de Armas baffled over why her Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde was rated NC-17

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Golden Globe nominee Ana de Armas is baffled over why her upcoming biopic on the late Marilyn Monroe – Blonde – received an NC-17 rating from the Motion Picture Association of America.

‘I didn’t understand why that happened,’ the Cuban 34-year-old said in her L’Officiel cover story on Tuesday.

‘I can tell you a number of shows or movies that are way more explicit with a lot more sexual content than Blonde. But to tell this story it is important to show all these moments in Marilyn’s life that made her end up the way that she did. It needed to be explained. Everyone [in the cast] knew we had to go to uncomfortable places. I wasn’t the only one.’

‘I didn’t understand why that happened’: Golden Globe nominee Ana de Armas is baffled over why her upcoming biopic on the late Marilyn Monroe – Blonde – received an NC-17 rating from the Motion Picture Association of America

Movies rated NC-17 (only for audiences 18+) are not necessarily considered pornographic or obscene, but most cinemas won’t screen them since many newspapers and TV stations refuse to run ads for them.

Blonde marks Netflix’s first NC-17 release and Ana’s first headlining role.

‘I didn’t grow up knowing Marilyn or her movies,’ de Armas – who only learned English in 2015 – admitted.

‘I am proud to have Andrew’s trust and the chance to pull it off. I feel like whether you’re a Cuban or an American actress, anyone should feel the pressure.’

The Cuban 34-year-old said in her L'Officiel cover story on Tuesday. 'I can tell you a number of shows or movies that are way more explicit with a lot more sexual content than Blonde'

The Cuban 34-year-old said in her L’Officiel cover story on Tuesday. ‘I can tell you a number of shows or movies that are way more explicit with a lot more sexual content than Blonde’

Ana continued: 'But to tell this story it is important to show all these moments in Marilyn's life that made her end up the way that she did. It needed to be explained'

Ana continued: ‘But to tell this story it is important to show all these moments in Marilyn’s life that made her end up the way that she did. It needed to be explained’

De Armas (born Caso) added: 'Everyone [in the cast] knew we had to go to uncomfortable places. I wasn't the only one'

De Armas (born Caso) added: ‘Everyone [in the cast] knew we had to go to uncomfortable places. I wasn’t the only one’

When the streaming giant dropped the trailer on July 28, Twitter users blasted The Gray Man action star’s accent as ‘awful’ with some saying she ‘looks nothing like Marilyn Monroe.’

‘My job wasn’t to imitate her,’ defended Ana, who spent nine months working with dialect coach Jessica Drake.

‘I was interested in her feelings, her journey, her insecurities, and her voice, in the sense that she didn’t really have one.’

And while Blonde is not fully-authorized by the Marilyn Monroe Estate, the rep Marc Rosen told Variety on August 1: ‘Ana was a great casting choice as she captures Marilyn’s glamour, humanity, and vulnerability.’

Detrimental: Movies rated NC-17 (only for audiences 18+) are not necessarily considered pornographic or obscene, but most cinemas won't screen them since many newspapers and TV stations refuse to run ads for them

Detrimental: Movies rated NC-17 (only for audiences 18+) are not necessarily considered pornographic or obscene, but most cinemas won’t screen them since many newspapers and TV stations refuse to run ads for them

'I didn't grow up knowing Marilyn or her movies': Blonde marks Netflix's first NC-17 release and Ana's first headlining role

‘I didn’t grow up knowing Marilyn or her movies’: Blonde marks Netflix’s first NC-17 release and Ana’s first headlining role

The Gray Man action star - who only learned English in 2015 - admitted: 'I am proud to have Andrew's trust and the chance to pull it off. I feel like whether you're a Cuban or an American actress, anyone should feel the pressure'

The Gray Man action star – who only learned English in 2015 – admitted: ‘I am proud to have Andrew’s trust and the chance to pull it off. I feel like whether you’re a Cuban or an American actress, anyone should feel the pressure’

De Armas’ (born Caso) casting was also defended by two-time Oscar winner Brad Pitt, who’s one of Blonde’s six credited producers.

‘She is phenomenal in it. That’s a tough dress to fill,’ the 58-year-old Plan B Entertainment co-founder told ET on August 1.

‘It was 10 years in the making. It wasn’t until we found Ana that we could get it across the finish line.’

Blonde author Joyce Carol Oates and Jamie Lee Curtis – whose father Tony Curtis (played by Michael Masini) co-starred with Monroe in Some Like It Hot – have both seen the film and fully approve.

'I'm not sure if I'll be able to get over the accent': When the streaming giant dropped the trailer on July 28, Twitter users blasted The Gray Man action star's accent as 'awful' with some saying she 'looks nothing like Marilyn Monroe'

‘I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get over the accent’: When the streaming giant dropped the trailer on July 28, Twitter users blasted The Gray Man action star’s accent as ‘awful’ with some saying she ‘looks nothing like Marilyn Monroe’

Ana - who spent nine months working with dialect coach Jessica Drake - defended: 'My job wasn't to imitate her. I was interested in her feelings, her journey, her insecurities, and her voice, in the sense that she didn't really have one'

Ana – who spent nine months working with dialect coach Jessica Drake – defended: ‘My job wasn’t to imitate her. I was interested in her feelings, her journey, her insecurities, and her voice, in the sense that she didn’t really have one’

Back in February, Blonde director Andrew Dominik said early backlash was ‘the f***ing audience’s problem’ and assured ‘the one thing nobody’s going to complain about is Ana’s performance.’

‘It’s an NC-17 movie about Marilyn Monroe, it’s kind of what you want, right?’ the 54-year-old Kiwi director told Variety.

‘I want to go and see the NC-17 version of the Marilyn Monroe story.’

And while Blonde is not fully-authorized by the Marilyn Monroe Estate, the rep Marc Rosen told Variety on August 1: 'Ana was a great casting choice as she captures Marilyn's glamour, humanity, and vulnerability'

And while Blonde is not fully-authorized by the Marilyn Monroe Estate, the rep Marc Rosen told Variety on August 1: ‘Ana was a great casting choice as she captures Marilyn’s glamour, humanity, and vulnerability’ 

'She is phenomenal in it. That's a tough dress to fill': De Armas' casting was also defended by two-time Oscar winner Brad Pitt (L), who's one of Blonde's six credited producers

‘She is phenomenal in it. That’s a tough dress to fill’: De Armas’ casting was also defended by two-time Oscar winner Brad Pitt (L), who’s one of Blonde’s six credited producers 

'Go ahead and blow up the Internet!' Blonde author Joyce Carol Oates and Jamie Lee Curtis - whose father Tony Curtis (played by Michael Masini) co-starred with Monroe in Some Like It Hot - have both seen the film and fully approve

‘Go ahead and blow up the Internet!’ Blonde author Joyce Carol Oates and Jamie Lee Curtis – whose father Tony Curtis (played by Michael Masini) co-starred with Monroe in Some Like It Hot – have both seen the film and fully approve

'I want to go and see the NC-17 version of the Marilyn Monroe story': Back in February, Blonde director Andrew Dominik (L) said early backlash was 'the f***ing audience's problem' and assured 'the one thing nobody's going to complain about is Ana's performance'

‘I want to go and see the NC-17 version of the Marilyn Monroe story’: Back in February, Blonde director Andrew Dominik (L) said early backlash was ‘the f***ing audience’s problem’ and assured ‘the one thing nobody’s going to complain about is Ana’s performance’

The 84-year-old author’s novel boosts the conspiracy theory that the Golden Globe winner was murdered by former US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.

Blonde will also feature a scene where Marilyn was allegedly raped by ‘Mr. Z’ (David Warshofsky) aka Fox Studio Head Darryl F. Zanuck, which was thinly veiled in the 752-page work of fiction.

Blonde will have its world premiere in-competition at the 79th Venice International Film Festival on September 8 before streaming September 28 on Netflix.

Source material: The 84-year-old author's novel boosts the conspiracy theory that the Golden Globe winner was murdered by former US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy

Source material: The 84-year-old author’s novel boosts the conspiracy theory that the Golden Globe winner was murdered by former US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy

Sexually assaulted before #MeToo movement: Blonde will also feature a scene where Marilyn was allegedly raped by 'Mr. Z' (R, David Warshofsky) aka Fox Studio Head Darryl F. Zanuck, which was thinly veiled in the 752-page work of fiction

Sexually assaulted before #MeToo movement: Blonde will also feature a scene where Marilyn was allegedly raped by ‘Mr. Z’ (R, David Warshofsky) aka Fox Studio Head Darryl F. Zanuck, which was thinly veiled in the 752-page work of fiction

Streaming September 28 on Netflix! Blonde will have its world premiere in-competition at the 79th Venice International Film Festival on September 8

Streaming September 28 on Netflix! Blonde will have its world premiere in-competition at the 79th Venice International Film Festival on September 8

The two-hour-and-45-minute flick also features Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Xavier Samuel, and Julianne Nicholson.

It’s technically the second adaptation of Blonde after Joyce Chopra’s three-hour TV movie, which aired in 2001 on CBS starring Australian actress Poppy Montgomery.

August 4 marked the 60th anniversary of Monroe’s (born Norma Jeane Mortenson) death, at age 36, from a barbiturate overdose.

21 years ago! It's technically the second adaptation of Blonde after Joyce Chopra's three-hour TV movie, which aired in 2001 on CBS starring Australian actress Poppy Montgomery

21 years ago! It’s technically the second adaptation of Blonde after Joyce Chopra’s three-hour TV movie, which aired in 2001 on CBS starring Australian actress Poppy Montgomery

Icon: August 4 marked the 60th anniversary of Monroe's (born Norma Jeane Mortenson) death, at age 36, from a barbiturate overdose (pictured  in 1953)

Icon: August 4 marked the 60th anniversary of Monroe’s (born Norma Jeane Mortenson) death, at age 36, from a barbiturate overdose (pictured  in 1953)

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