By Michael Fitzgerald Troy
“I’m selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and, at times, hard to handle. But, if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”
― Marilyn Monroe
That is one of the many fantastic quotes of the late, great tortured genius Marilyn Monroe.
Sadly, or amazingly – depending of how full your glass is, it is also one of her quotes I relate to the most. I was truly saddened by the tragic death of the blonde bombshell. Of course, she died long before I was born, but it was tragic nonetheless. My mother idolized Norma Jean and passed the torch on to me. (Blonde is as Blonde does!) When I was young, one of my bedroom walls was dedicated to Madonna, but the one I could see while laying in bed was dedicated to Marilyn.
This holiday season sees the release of My Week with Marilyn, based on the true story of a young filmmaker’s week spent with Marilyn during her time in England, making a movie with Sir Laurence Olivier. Michelle Williams plays Marilyn, and Kenneth Brannagh plays the temperamental Olivier.
What of Williams’ performance? She’s no Marilyn Monroe. Don’t get me wrong; she is fantastically mesmerizing in her performance and completely lights up the screen. What I mean is she is no Marilyn Monroe, because no one is. Marilyn is the greatest part the legend ever played. The confident sex kitten that could win over the entire world with seemingly little effort. “When Marilyn gets it right, you can’t take your eyes off her.” And, the same could be said of Michelle Williams’ portrayal. It will be interesting to see her duke it out with Meryl Streep, and her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher, at the Oscars.
A well done film with an emotional heart. No offense, Madonna, but I will always look first to my Marilyn wall for creative inspiration.
Michael Troy is a deeply superficial person. Born in the midwest in the ’70s, Michael came to Los Angeles to pursue his bi-polar career path as an actor and artist. 2005 saw the release of Michael’s first published book, Homo-Hero’s Big Book of Fun and Adventure (www.greencandypress.com). Michael has contributed to the Lady Gaga comic book from Bluewater Productions and has his hand in various other upcoming projects. Michael has performed stand-up comedy at all of the major comedy clubs in Los Angeles and is making his triumphant return to the main stage of The Comedy Store in September. Michael offers an off-beat sense of humor as the star of such youtube cult classics As The Gays on Film (www.youtube.com/fullfrontaltv), A Minute With Margot, a loving tribute to Superman legend Margot Kidder (http://www.youtube.com/user/rktcommander), and currently hosts a vlog style series Lethally Blonde over at www.monsterburg.com. Sitting alongside industry heavyweight Phil Jimenez at the “Divas and Lassoes” panel for the 2010 San Diego comic-con, Michael maintains and cherishes his “underground” status. A staunch believer in Blonde Ambition, Michael hopes his new comic about shallow blonde super heroes in Los Angeles, The Blonde Squad, will set the world on fire (or at least brighten it a bit). Check out Michael Troy and Lethally Blonde updates here!!!