On the occasion of its world premiere at the 2022 Venice Film Festival, Andrew Dominik’s “Blonde” received a 14-minute standing ovation.
At the screening, Ana de Armas, who plays Marilyn Monroe, was in tears, her face glowing as she wiped away tears.
Brad Pitt, one of the producers of the film, de Armas, director Andrew Dominik, Adrien Brody, and Julianne Nicholson excited the crowds before the film’s world premiere.
Pitt, who showed up wearing a black Covid mask, signed autographs, and took selfies with fans, also interacted with the audience to gain attention.
Since Pitt wasn’t present at the film’s press conference earlier in the day, he made a surprise appearance in Venice. Dede Gardner, another producer on “Blonde,” was also present.
Inspired by Joyce Carol Oates’ novel, the biographical drama is one of the most anticipated titles of the festival, thanks to de Armas’ casting.
Co-star Brody also shed a few tears at the premiere, and Pitt was evidently pleased with the way the film turned out.
The movie “Blonde” reimagines Monroe’s life from her chaotic childhood, during which she was known as Norma Jeane, to her rise to fame as an adult.
Additionally, the film stars Bobby Cannavale, Brody, Nicholson, and Xavier Samuel. A competition screening of the film was held at the Venice Film Festival.
In advance of the movie’s world premiere, “Blonde” received some backlash on social media due to the casting of de Armas. Official trailers for the film were released at the end of July, and viewers were critical of de Armas’ accent.
De Armas’ casting caused controversy because she used a Cuban accent and did not channel Monroe’s distinctive voice. However, de Armas’ portrayal was defended by the Marilyn Monroe estate, even though they were not involved in making the film.
President of entertainment at Authentic Brands Group, Marc Rosen, who owns the Marilyn Monroe Estate, stated, “Marilyn Monroe is a singular Hollywood and pop culture icon that transcends generations and history. Any actor that steps into that role knows they have big shoes to fill.”
In addition, he said, “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 not wait to see the film in its entirety!”
In an interview, De Armas said she worked on her Monroe accent for nearly a year before filming.
She stated, “It took me nine months of dialect coaching and practicing and some ADR sessions. It was a big torture, so exhausting. My brain was fried.”
A global premiere of “Blonde” will take place on Sept. 28 on Netflix.