EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Kenneth Branagh talks 'My Week with Marilyn'

Wednesday, 21 December 2011 13:13
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Currently playing in theaters is a new film based on the life of screen legend Marilyn Monroe called My Week with Marilyn, which was recently nominated for three Golden Globes and is also receiving a lot of Oscar-buzz. The movie marks the feature film debut of director Simon Curtis and also includes a career-changing performance by two time Oscar-nominee Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine) in the title role as the doomed starlet. My Week with Marilyn is based on two books by Colin Clark and depicts the making on the 1957 film The Prince and the Showgirl, which starred Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier. The movie focuses on the week in which Monroe spent time being escorted around Britain by Clark, after her husband, Arthur Miller, left the country. 

In addition to Williams, the film boasts an impressive group of contemporary actors portraying famous historical figures such as Kenneth Branagh (Thor) as Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench (Quantum of Solace) as Dame Sybil Thorndike, Dougray Scott (There Be Dragons) as Arthur Miller, Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First AvengerThe Devil's Double) as Milton H. Green, and Julia Ormond (Legends of the Fall) as Vivien Leigh, as well as Eddie Redmayne (The Good Shepherd), Emma Watson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2), and Derek Jacobi (Anonymous). 

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to sit down and speak with Academy Award-nominated actor Kenneth Branagh about his role in My Week with Marilyn. He discussed the new film, his character, the daunting task of portraying an acting legend, Oliver and Monroe's problematic on set relationship, Branagh's own experience directing difficult actors, and Oliver's marriage to actress Vivien Leigh. 

To watch our exclusive interview with Kenneth Branagh about My Week with Marilyn, please click on the video player above. 


In the summer of 1956, Colin Clark (Redmayne) works as an assistant on the British set of The Prince and the Showgirl, which stars Laurence Olivier (Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Williams), who is also on honeymoon with her new husband, playwright Arthur Miller (Scott). When Miller leaves the country, Clark introduces Monroe to British life and they spend a week together, during which time she escapes from her Hollywood routine and the pressures of work.

My Week with Marilyn is currently playing in theaters.

To watch our exclusive video interview with actor Dominic Cooper about My Week with Marilyn, please click here.

To watch our exclusive video interview with actress Julia Ormond about My Week with Marilyn, please click here.

To watch our exclusive video interview with director Simon Curtis about My Week with Marilyn, please click here.

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