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Naomi Watts vs. Michelle Williams in dual Marilyn Monroe projects

05.13.2010

We heard a bit ago that Michelle Williams was set to play Marilyn Monroe in the Weinstein's MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, which is about Monroe's time in England while shooting THE PRINCE AND THE SHOWGIRL.

This new project, BLONDE, on the other hand is from ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES director Andrew Dominik, and will be adapted from Joyce Carol Oates’ imaginary Marilyn Monroe memoir which details her exploits with various historical figures, shrouded under aliases like “The Athlete,” “The Playwright” and “The President.” It’s quite the riddle, but I think I know who they’re talking about.

So who is the better Marilyn? That remains to be seen, as really all we can do now is speculate based on looks. I would say the premise of BLONDE sounds much more interesting, and I actually prefer Watts in the role.

BUT it’s my obligation as a journalist to present the facts and let you decide.

Observe:

Who gets your vote?

EDIT: Yep, should probably put an actual picture of Monroe up here. Whoever gets the part will def have to put on some pounds. Society used to like 'em a lot curvier!

Extra Tidbit: Scarlett Johansson turned down the part of Marilyn in MY WEEK. Iíll leave you to speculate why.
Source: Deadline

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11:03PM on 05/13/2010
Seems once upon a time Michelle Williams had a little more roundness to her, which would work in her favor. Honestly, I'm not crazy about either. There are a handful of people I could think of, but even most of them are too skinny.
Seems once upon a time Michelle Williams had a little more roundness to her, which would work in her favor. Honestly, I'm not crazy about either. There are a handful of people I could think of, but even most of them are too skinny.
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9:47PM on 05/13/2010
Nothing against either lady, as both are very talented in their own right. But, neither of them capture the essence of Monroe internally or physically. The best portrayal of any female icon from that era seems to be Gretchen Mol's Betty Boop. She not only got the talent but she even had the physical look of women in that era. And there aren't that many women nowadays that look like women back then. Women back then had meat on their bones! They had fire! The young actresses in Hollywood
Nothing against either lady, as both are very talented in their own right. But, neither of them capture the essence of Monroe internally or physically. The best portrayal of any female icon from that era seems to be Gretchen Mol's Betty Boop. She not only got the talent but she even had the physical look of women in that era. And there aren't that many women nowadays that look like women back then. Women back then had meat on their bones! They had fire! The young actresses in Hollywood these days? Nope. Sorry.
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8:01PM on 05/13/2010
Tough call. I think either one of these ladies could pull off this role, but I'd have to give the edge to Williams.
Tough call. I think either one of these ladies could pull off this role, but I'd have to give the edge to Williams.
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7:44PM on 05/13/2010

Michelle will be not Marilyn...

I think there is not competition anymore. When the project with Michelle Williams was announced some time ago the producers said they have done an offer to the actress and she was considering the part but anything was closed. The filming was planned for the summer. Michelle Williams will be filming Take this Waltz during the summer so I think she is not attached to the project anymore.
I think there is not competition anymore. When the project with Michelle Williams was announced some time ago the producers said they have done an offer to the actress and she was considering the part but anything was closed. The filming was planned for the summer. Michelle Williams will be filming Take this Waltz during the summer so I think she is not attached to the project anymore.
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6:46PM on 05/13/2010
Don't know who's directing the Michelle Williams film, but it's gonna be tough to beat a Andrew Dominik film. Jesse James was great!
Don't know who's directing the Michelle Williams film, but it's gonna be tough to beat a Andrew Dominik film. Jesse James was great!
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5:19PM on 05/13/2010
Michelle Williams FTW!
Michelle Williams FTW!
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5:06PM on 05/13/2010

From a purely physical perspective,

my money's on Williams: she looks more like the classic Marilyn. Then again, both women are excellent actresses so it really comes down to who's the better director. On that score, Watts seems to have the edge.

And yes, I'm looking to see both actresses put on a little weight for the role. I prefer a woman with some curves.
my money's on Williams: she looks more like the classic Marilyn. Then again, both women are excellent actresses so it really comes down to who's the better director. On that score, Watts seems to have the edge.

And yes, I'm looking to see both actresses put on a little weight for the role. I prefer a woman with some curves.
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5:02PM on 05/13/2010

Between the two

I would pick Michelle Williams, I think she could capture the pain of Marilyn better. but if i could pick anyone i would pick Lisa Marie Presley, the picture on my profile will explain why.
I would pick Michelle Williams, I think she could capture the pain of Marilyn better. but if i could pick anyone i would pick Lisa Marie Presley, the picture on my profile will explain why.
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5:01PM on 05/13/2010

Not much of a choice.

Naomi is much more attractive, and easily the better actress.
Naomi is much more attractive, and easily the better actress.
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4:30PM on 05/13/2010

Naomi Watts

All the way!
All the way!
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4:22PM on 05/13/2010
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4:15PM on 05/13/2010

harley quinn

I heard Michelle Williams is going to play harley quinn in the 3rd batman. that sounds cool on paper, but who knows if it would happen, but that would be wild something to keep the legacy alive. I havent seen any news of this on a site yet, but I've heard a few rumblings from the Nolan inner circles
I heard Michelle Williams is going to play harley quinn in the 3rd batman. that sounds cool on paper, but who knows if it would happen, but that would be wild something to keep the legacy alive. I havent seen any news of this on a site yet, but I've heard a few rumblings from the Nolan inner circles
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3:35PM on 05/13/2010
Going by their looks and bodies, I guess Michelle Williams might seem an easier choice to play Monroe. But IMO, Michelle doesn't stand a fuckin' chance of being anywhere near the ethereal hotness of Naomi!!
Going by their looks and bodies, I guess Michelle Williams might seem an easier choice to play Monroe. But IMO, Michelle doesn't stand a fuckin' chance of being anywhere near the ethereal hotness of Naomi!!
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3:33PM on 05/13/2010

Naomi...

I'd pick Ms. Watts anytime!
I'd pick Ms. Watts anytime!
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3:28PM on 05/13/2010
These women are extremely beautiful, but I've yet to see an actress who can capture the enigmatic beauty and sheer painful sexiness and allure of Ms. Monroe. It won't happen.
These women are extremely beautiful, but I've yet to see an actress who can capture the enigmatic beauty and sheer painful sexiness and allure of Ms. Monroe. It won't happen.
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3:27PM on 05/13/2010
I am more interested in the Marilyn movie with Naomi Watts because the director of Watts movie directed one of my favorite movie of all time, The Assassination of Jesse James Told By The Coward Robert Ford. That movie is brilliant and a masterpiece. Shame that more people have not seen it. It's a great movie and a great Western.
I am more interested in the Marilyn movie with Naomi Watts because the director of Watts movie directed one of my favorite movie of all time, The Assassination of Jesse James Told By The Coward Robert Ford. That movie is brilliant and a masterpiece. Shame that more people have not seen it. It's a great movie and a great Western.
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5:42PM on 05/13/2010
You said it brother.
You said it brother.
10:31PM on 05/13/2010
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is a damn fine movie. It looks brilliant and has great performances all around. So I'll agree that the Watts project looks more interesting for that reason, but Williams physically looks better for the part.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is a damn fine movie. It looks brilliant and has great performances all around. So I'll agree that the Watts project looks more interesting for that reason, but Williams physically looks better for the part.
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