Ana de Armas didn't feel 'exploited' filming nude scenes for Blonde
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Ana de Armas, who plays Marilyn Monroe in Netflix's Blonde, says she didn't feel 'exploited' when filming nude scenes.
The director of the NC-17 rated film Andrew Dominik wants viewers 'shaking' after they watch de Armas' portrayal of one of the biggest icons in Hollywood history.
The rare 'adults only' rating seems somewhat justified as the James Bond actor certainly doesn't hold back with her performance, which received a 14-minute standing ovation at Cannes.
De Armas, who is topless in some scenes, suffers a terrifying rape at the hands of a Fox studio head and gives President John F. Kennedy a blowjob.
Bear in mind that the biopic is fictional.
Commenting on the various scenes, she told Entertainment Weekly: "It's harder for people to watch [those scenes] than for me to make them, because I understood what I was doing and I felt very protected and safe.
"I didn't feel exploited because I was in control. I made that decision. I knew what the movie I was doing. I trusted my director. I felt like I was in a safe environment.
"We had hundreds of conversations about these scenes. Everyone felt a deep respect for the movie we were making. And in that sense, I had no fear. I didn't feel uncomfortable at all, even though they were really hard scenes."
Addressing the blowjob scene, she added: "We actually did two takes of that scene only.
"We had an intimacy coordinator with us all the time, and she was very helpful. But I wouldn't even say these scenes were more difficult than any other scene.
"It was just a part of a whole story. I knew exactly what the shot was going to be.
"I knew exactly what was going to be seen, what was not going to be seen, and it felt like it was the right thing to do."
De Armas also revealed that Monroe's voice 'changes a lot throughout the years'.
The actor explained: "She used to stammer and felt insecure. She wanted to sound more elevated and well-studied and smart. You see one movie and it sounds like this, and then you watch another one, it sounds completely different.
"I really wanted to have that voice in the re-creations, but the voice that we are familiar with is the onscreen voice.
"I listened to a lot of audio where she doesn't talk like that at all. She has a more raspy voice — she laughs in a different way."
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