Interesting story in the L.A. Times today re Michelle Williams’ preparation for the role of Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn. The article contrasts Monroe’s “dumb blonde” image with Williams’ braininess, and it put me in mind of this quote I’d read on Monroe’s Wikipedia page: “In Monroe’s last interview she pleaded with a reporter to end the article with the following quote: ‘What I really want to say: That what the world really needs is a real feeling of kinship. Everybody: stars, laborers, Negroes, Jews, Arabs. We are all brothers. Please don’t make me a joke. End the interview with what I believe.'” The site also asserts that “The daughter of Monroe’s last psychiatrist, Joan Greenson, said that Monroe was ‘passionate about equal rights, rights for blacks, rights for the poor. She identified strongly with the workers.'” It strikes me how unfortunate it is that she had to plead with reporters not to ridicule her for her thoughts on politics, to separate her from the characters she played in her films and recognize her as a thinking human.
The film comes out Wednesday.