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First Look: Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe

10.08.2010

A Marilyn Monroe biopic has been one of those project that has been talked about for years and years but has never gotten off the ground. But today The Weinstein Co. announced that filming has begun on MY WEEK WITH MARILYN starring Michelle Williams as the legendary actress. Joining Williams in the film are Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Dominic Cooper, Emma Watson and Julia Ormond. The film tells of the time when Monroe, fed up with Hollywood, took off for Britain where she spent a week with Colin Clark, a 23-year-old assistant on THE PRINCE AND THE SHOWGIRL.

Below is the first promotional still of Williams as Monroe. What do you guys think? She doesn't look exactly like her but enough where it's believable. And frankly if they found someone who looked exactly like her, they probably wouldn't have the acting chops that Williams has. I'm not sure about the 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN pose but that's just me (someone please Photoshop that for me).

THE REAL MARILYN MONROE

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10:44PM on 10/10/2010
not sure why she got this part. i think scarlett johansson would be perfect for this role.
not sure why she got this part. i think scarlett johansson would be perfect for this role.
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9:52AM on 10/10/2010

Nope

Yes Michelle has the chops, but Monroe was all about her look. Her body was curvy and built for speed, and her eyes oozed sex appeal. 2 things MW lacks in. Boo
Yes Michelle has the chops, but Monroe was all about her look. Her body was curvy and built for speed, and her eyes oozed sex appeal. 2 things MW lacks in. Boo
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4:14AM on 10/09/2010
I don't know... I think there's other actresses out there with the acting chops and a bit more likeness to Marilyn than Michelle Williams.
I don't know... I think there's other actresses out there with the acting chops and a bit more likeness to Marilyn than Michelle Williams.
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7:42PM on 10/08/2010
I think it looks alright. She will prob look even better in the film
I think it looks alright. She will prob look even better in the film
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5:11PM on 10/08/2010
Really good ... better than LiLo at least
Really good ... better than LiLo at least
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4:57PM on 10/08/2010
michelle williams is incredible. her performance in wendy and lucy is one of the most underrated of the last 10 or 20 years. she will be great in this role. and who cares if she doesnt look exactly like her. where is it written that someone has to be the spitting image of the person they are portraying?
michelle williams is incredible. her performance in wendy and lucy is one of the most underrated of the last 10 or 20 years. she will be great in this role. and who cares if she doesnt look exactly like her. where is it written that someone has to be the spitting image of the person they are portraying?
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4:01PM on 10/08/2010
I'd still choose Ashley Judd :D
I'd still choose Ashley Judd :D
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3:49PM on 10/08/2010

no, no, no, no and no

She looks nothing like Monroe. A platinum dye job, a few hair curlers later and the trademark mole makes not a Marilyn Monroe look-alike. To be perfectly honest, Williams looks like a delusional person with low self-esteem trying to emulate Monroe for her own gratification. You know the type. Anyway, not feeling this AT ALL. Though I suppose I'll reserve absolute judgment until I see footage.
She looks nothing like Monroe. A platinum dye job, a few hair curlers later and the trademark mole makes not a Marilyn Monroe look-alike. To be perfectly honest, Williams looks like a delusional person with low self-esteem trying to emulate Monroe for her own gratification. You know the type. Anyway, not feeling this AT ALL. Though I suppose I'll reserve absolute judgment until I see footage.
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3:07PM on 10/08/2010
That image above makes her look a *tad* too pale, but I can see why they wanted her for the part. Plus, like many of you have said, she's got the talent. I'm hoping for the best for Williams and this project.
That image above makes her look a *tad* too pale, but I can see why they wanted her for the part. Plus, like many of you have said, she's got the talent. I'm hoping for the best for Williams and this project.
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2:36PM on 10/08/2010
I'm more interested in the Naomi Watts movie, but I'm sure I'll end up seeing both just to compare.
I'm more interested in the Naomi Watts movie, but I'm sure I'll end up seeing both just to compare.
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2:25PM on 10/08/2010

Not a spitting image, but

Michelle Williams has chops to burn, and she looks a lot more like Monroe than, say, Naomi Watts. And yes, Williams headlined in Wendy & Lucy and did a hell of a job.
Michelle Williams has chops to burn, and she looks a lot more like Monroe than, say, Naomi Watts. And yes, Williams headlined in Wendy & Lucy and did a hell of a job.
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2:11PM on 10/08/2010
I don't think she needs to look like a splitting image of her. She'll definitely have the voice, and as long as the mannerisms are there, then I think she'll do a great job.
I don't think she needs to look like a splitting image of her. She'll definitely have the voice, and as long as the mannerisms are there, then I think she'll do a great job.
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2:09PM on 10/08/2010

looks wrong

As a actress she still hasnt carried a movie, she is always the tag along. She has no star power what so ever. ASk normal people who she is and you wont ever get a correct answer.
As a actress she still hasnt carried a movie, she is always the tag along. She has no star power what so ever. ASk normal people who she is and you wont ever get a correct answer.
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4:39PM on 10/08/2010
Star power means absolutely nothing.
"Normal people" are the reason that movies like Meet the Spartans and Beverly Hills Chihuahua do well.
Star power means absolutely nothing.
"Normal people" are the reason that movies like Meet the Spartans and Beverly Hills Chihuahua do well.
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1:49PM on 10/08/2010

Judd!!

Go for it Michelle! Great actress! Let's not forget Ashley Judd! She played Marilyn too...
Go for it Michelle! Great actress! Let's not forget Ashley Judd! She played Marilyn too...
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1:29PM on 10/08/2010

GREAT!

Michelle Williams doesnt look like MM but is similar enough and most important is a hell of an actress and Im sure she will be brilliant in the part.

Marilyn was all her life fighting with her demons and depression and Michelle is amazing doing this type of roles. She is always subtle and deep.

If you prefer a more superficial similitude but a more superficial actress Im sure you could find some...
Michelle Williams doesnt look like MM but is similar enough and most important is a hell of an actress and Im sure she will be brilliant in the part.

Marilyn was all her life fighting with her demons and depression and Michelle is amazing doing this type of roles. She is always subtle and deep.

If you prefer a more superficial similitude but a more superficial actress Im sure you could find some...
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1:24PM on 10/08/2010
She looks the part and definitely has the chops to pull this off.
She looks the part and definitely has the chops to pull this off.
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1:00PM on 10/08/2010
As I suspected, she just doesn't look right for the part. Mira Sorvino looked a better Marilyn. If the acting proves better than the looks, I'll change my mind. But for now, I'm not convinced.
As I suspected, she just doesn't look right for the part. Mira Sorvino looked a better Marilyn. If the acting proves better than the looks, I'll change my mind. But for now, I'm not convinced.
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12:41PM on 10/08/2010
I think you'd be hard pressed to find somebody who looks more Marylin-esque who could bring Williams talent and presence. Naomi Watts is talented, but she looks even less like Monroe than Williams.
I think you'd be hard pressed to find somebody who looks more Marylin-esque who could bring Williams talent and presence. Naomi Watts is talented, but she looks even less like Monroe than Williams.
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12:34PM on 10/08/2010
Sorry, but she just doesn't look right for the part. It's really not her fault, back when Marilyn was a pinup stars looked like women with real bodies and curved in all the right places. The actresses these days are all too thin and waif like to play Marilyn.
Sorry, but she just doesn't look right for the part. It's really not her fault, back when Marilyn was a pinup stars looked like women with real bodies and curved in all the right places. The actresses these days are all too thin and waif like to play Marilyn.
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12:42PM on 10/08/2010
Uhhhh?...Michelle Williams isn't too thin.....
Uhhhh?...Michelle Williams isn't too thin.....
12:25PM on 10/08/2010
No. Just no. She doesn't have it.
No. Just no. She doesn't have it.
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12:32PM on 10/08/2010
I see 3 pics of Marilyn's face on my wall every day (and yes, I'm straight), and all I can say is: Seriously, dude? Do you just go out of your way to hate EVERYTHING?
I see 3 pics of Marilyn's face on my wall every day (and yes, I'm straight), and all I can say is: Seriously, dude? Do you just go out of your way to hate EVERYTHING?
12:38PM on 10/08/2010
Well congratulations, you look at 3 pics of her, I am beyond amazed and stunned, but whether it's 3 or 35, she doesn't look the part.
Well congratulations, you look at 3 pics of her, I am beyond amazed and stunned, but whether it's 3 or 35, she doesn't look the part.
1:06PM on 10/08/2010
Cool beans. You're entitled to your opinion, shitty & forced as it may be in this case. Have fun being negative & grandiose!
Cool beans. You're entitled to your opinion, shitty & forced as it may be in this case. Have fun being negative & grandiose!
7:22PM on 10/08/2010
Oh man, how will I ever get over this little zingaroonie of yours? Sigh.
Oh man, how will I ever get over this little zingaroonie of yours? Sigh.
6:12PM on 10/09/2010
Who argues/talks shit online? you guys should high five each other for being losers
Who argues/talks shit online? you guys should high five each other for being losers
11:15AM on 10/08/2010

Holy sh...

Wow... that's amazing!
Wow... that's amazing!
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11:14AM on 10/08/2010
I think Michelle makes for a better Monroe than Naomi Watts but i'm more interested in Andrew Domink's film, seeing as how he is a hell of a filmmaker.
I think Michelle makes for a better Monroe than Naomi Watts but i'm more interested in Andrew Domink's film, seeing as how he is a hell of a filmmaker.
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