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Ana de Armas fears her career will DIE if she doesn’t play Marilyn Monroe in Blonde


Ana de Armas revealed she had a crisis of faith before playing screen icon Marilyn Monroe in the biopic Blonde.

The 34-year-old actress said she questioned how a Cuban woman could play Marilyn Monroe?’ and acknowledged her achievement that her career would be over if she didn’t complete the role – during a conversation with Eddie Redmayne for Variety’s Actors On Actors series.

Marking the prospect of playing Monroe as ‘scary’, she said: ‘How did I feel at first, how was this Australian director? [Andrew Dominick] think a Cuban woman can play Marilyn Monroe? He’s crazy.’

‘It’s not allowed to happen. It’s one of those roles that comes to mind, but it won’t be you. Not in cinema, at least. In the theater, sometimes you have to play parts that are very far from who you are.

'Horrible': Ana de Armas reveals she suffered a crisis of faith over her role as screen icon Marilyn Monroe in biopic Blonde

‘Horrible’: Ana de Armas reveals she suffered a crisis of faith over her role as screen icon Marilyn Monroe in biopic Blonde

‘So for me, getting this role was a very personal challenge. It was an opportunity for me to prove to myself what I can do, what my limitations are. And it was a big risk, because I knew, “Oh my, if I don’t get it right, this is going to be over.”’

‘I will raise cows and chickens in the countryside. I will do another job. I will never work again.

‘And then that’s a great thing because you realize you have a lot more in common. And then you hear people and your friends say these good things – how proud they are, how represented they feel.’

The James Bond star said she started speculating for a second time about her talent while preparing for the role: “The other day, I found a notebook. I’m terrible at journaling. But I did keep it in mind. copy for a week, and every day is like, “I don’t know what I’m doing. What is this? I don’t know what this character is like.”

Candidate: The actress, 34, said she questioned how a Cuban woman could play Marilyn Monroe?'  and acknowledged her feat that her career would be over if she didn't complete the role - during a conversation with Eddie Redmayne for Variety's Actors On Actors series

Candidate: The actress, 34, said she questioned how a Cuban woman could play Marilyn Monroe?’ and acknowledged her feat that her career would be over if she didn’t complete the role – during a conversation with Eddie Redmayne for Variety’s Actors On Actors series

So much to live for: Branding the prospect of playing the 'scary' Monroe, she said: 'At first, I felt like, "How is this Australian director? [Andrew Dominick] think a Cuban woman can play Marilyn Monroe?

Iocn: Monroe was taken in 1953

So much to live for: Branding the prospect of playing Monroe was ‘scary’, she said: ‘How did I feel at first, how is this Australian director? [Andrew Dominick] think a Cuban woman can play Marilyn Monroe? He’s crazy’ (Monroe picture R 1953

Blonde is a film adaptation of the 2000 novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates, 84 years old.

De Armas’ fears were proven unfounded when she received a standing ovation in 14 minutes when the film premiered at the 79th Venice International Film Festival earlier this year.

While critics praised Ana’s performance, there was disagreement as to whether this uncompromising nearly three-hour film was an art excursion or an exploitative class. Another ring caused icon of the 20th century.

Blonde also stars Adrien Brody as Arthur Miller, Bobby Cannavale, Julianne Nicholson, Caspar Philipson and Michael Masini.

Discussing the film’s merits, De Armas added: ‘It’s not fair that there’s only one thing – she needs more dimensions to know who she is, whether that’s the hard part or the dark side.

‘So it’s important in the movie to show that. Because even though it’s fiction and movies, it’s true, it happened. You won’t die at 36 if everything is great and perfect.”

Exclusive: She said: 'And that's a big risk, because I know, "Oh, my God, if I don't get it right, this is over."

Devotion: She said: ‘And that was a big risk, because I knew, “Oh my gosh, if I don’t get it right, this is going to be over.”

When the streaming giant dropped the trailer on July 28, Twitter users called Ana’s voice ‘terrible’ with some saying she ‘doesn’t look like Marilyn Monroe.’

In response to the backlash, Ana, who just learned English in 2015, admitted that she ‘didn’t grow up knowing Marilyn or her movies’.

‘I’m proud to have had Andrew’s trust and the opportunity to make it happen. I feel like whether you’re a Cuban or an American actor, anyone has to feel the pressure.”

“My job is not to imitate her,” defends Ana, who spent nine months working with dialect coach Jessica Drake.

‘I care about her feelings, her journey, her insecurities and her voice, in the sense that she doesn’t really have to.’

Monroe’s estate agent, Marc Rosen, told Variety on August 1: ‘Ana is a great choice as she captures Marilyn’s charm, humanity and vulnerability. .’

The cast is also covered by two-time Oscar-winner Brad Pitt, one of Blonde’s six trusted producers.

‘She is a phenomenon in it. It’s a difficult dress to fill,’ the Plan B Entertainment co-founder told ET on Aug.

‘It was 10 years in production. It wasn’t until we found Ana that we were able to cross the finish line.’

Tragic star: Blonde is a film adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' 2000 novel of the same name, 84

Tragic star: Blonde is a film adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ 2000 novel of the same name, 84

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