Blonde: Andrew Dominik about his NC-17 Marilyn Monroe Film

Director Clarifies Netflix Clash Rumors: ‘It’s an NC-17’ Marilyn Monroe Film

Ana de Armas
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Andrew Dominik has reacted to the rumors surrounding his long-anticipated Marilyn Monroe drama Blonde.

The film stars Ana de Armas as the Hollywood icon and is based on Joyce Carol Oates’ 2000 novel, which takes a fictionalized look at Monroe’s inner life.

Rumors have circulated for months about alleged clashes between Dominik and Netflix over the final cut of the movie.

The filmmaker confirmed his intention to make an NC-17 movie, and he called all the reactive hoopla to the rating “a bunch of horseshit.”

“It’s a demanding movie,” Dominik said. “If the audience doesn’t like it, that’s the fucking audience’s problem. It’s not running for public office.”

The filmmaker added, “It’s an NC-17 movie about Marilyn Monroe, it’s kind of what you want, right?”

Dominik, best known for directorial efforts such as “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” and “Killing Them Softly,” shot “Blonde” in 2019 and has locked the final cut. According to the director, Netflix “insisted” on bringing in “Hereditary” and “Tenet” editor Jennifer Lame in 2021 to “curb the excesses of the movie.” Dominik shot down speculation that “Blonde” includes a scene featuring menstrual cunnilingus, calling such a rumor “hilarious,” but he confirmed that the film depicts a rape scene as written in Joyce Carol Oates’ novel.

Another rumor about “Blonde” alleges that Ana de Armas’ performance required significant ADR in post-production because her accent was off.

Dominik said there was “work involved” in making the actress “sound American,” but he stressed that de Armas “is fucking amazing — the one thing nobody’s going to complain about is [de Armas’] performance.”

De Armas previously told The Times she spent 9 months perfecting her Monroe’s accent.

Dominik added that he has “nothing but gratitude for Netflix,” noting the streaming giant supported the title even if it had some issues with its content. The director said, “It’s much easier to support stuff when you like it. It’s much harder when you don’t.”

Netflix has not yet announced a release date for Blonde, but the title was included in its 2022 slate announcement.

Dominik hopes Blonde will world premiere at the Cannes Film Fest, in May.