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Michelle Williams expands on playing Marilyn Monroe – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: One film that remains a mystery at this stage of the awards season is Simon Curtis’s “My Week with Marilyn,” which casts Michelle Williams as screen icon Marilyn Monroe during the filming of “The Prince and the Showgirl” with Sir Laurence Olivier (played by Kenneth Branagh).

The Weinstein Company, from what I’m hearing, has been showing “Marilyn” in small screenings ahead of the film’s anticipated bow at the New York Film Festival early next month (which is when I hope to finally catch up with the picture, if not before).

But to whet our whistle for Williams’ portrayal of blonde bombshell Monroe, Vogue has the actress in character on their most recent cover (click HERE for the full article and Annie Leibovitz slide show), where the Oscar nominee opened up about her approach to the role.

“As soon as I finished the script, I knew that I wanted to do it, and then I spent six months trying to talk myself out of it,” she tells Vogue. “But I always knew that I never really had a choice. … I’ve started to believe that you get the piece of material that you were ready for.”

“Everybody has their own idea of who Marilyn was and what she means to them,” Williams continues in the article. “But I think that if you go a little bit deeper, you’re going to be surprised by what you find there.”

Will we be surprised if Williams’ portrayal of Monroe earns the actress her third Oscar nomination? Hardly. Even though I’ve gone on record as being disappointed by Williams’ turn in Sarah Polley’s “Take This Waltz,” there’s no question the immensely gifted performer has the potential to knock it out of the park in any feature, and she’s an inspired choice to play Monroe. Will it work? We’ll know more soon.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • September 14, 2011 | Permalink |

    Why does people keep on bashing her being MM?

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