Photography by Mr Boo George | Styling by Mr Toby Grimditch
Words by Mr Joe Connell
Already drawing excitable comparisons with The King's Speech, My Week With Marilyn is the story of the turbulent 1957 production of The Prince and the Showgirl. Made on a small budget with a stellar supporting cast, My Week With Marilyn features a mesmerising lead performance from Ms Michelle Williams, who plays Ms Monroe. The film is further distinguished by its painstaking recreation of the style, romance and drama of a brief, but significant episode in history.
The rugged Mr Scott, more familiar for his portrayals of villains (opposite Mr Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible II) and love interests (opposite Ms Teri Hatcher in Desperate Housewives), plays Ms Monroe's new husband, the playwright Mr Arthur Miller. On arriving in London, Mr Miller is subjected to the full glare of his wife's celebrity, an experience for which he is neither prepared nor equipped.
"Marilyn Monroe was the biggest movie star in the world at that time," explains Mr Scott as he collapses into a sofa once the MR PORTER shoot has wrapped. "Whenever she arrived somewhere there would be hundreds and hundreds of people wanting a bit of her. In the film, Miller talks about being woken up one night by the sound of singing. He thought he was having a dream but it wasn't a dream; there was a male voice choir serenading Marilyn outside her window."
How familiar were you with Mr Miller?
I read Death of a Salesman when I was 14 and it was one of the things that made me fall in love with theatre. It's not only because it's a great play but also there was a real connection with other parts of my life. My father was a salesman for 33 years and when I read the play I saw the life of my father in many respects. My father was a big influence on my acting career. I used to watch him go round shops and showrooms trying to sell fridges and freezers, which was in itself an exercise in acting.
What did you learn about Mr Miller's relationship with Ms Monroe?
They had a tempestuous relationship at times, but it was also a very loving relationship. He really wanted to take care of her and felt an incredible sense of protection towards her. He wanted to be her saviour. Hollywood, at that time, was a very exploitative world and to him, she was like this little bird; she was very fragile. It was an unlikely coupling; she was one of the biggest movie stars in the world but wasn't seen as being particularly intellectual. He, on the other hand, was this guy who was brought up in relative poverty in Brooklyn and whose world was all about theatre and intellect. They really fell in love but ultimately she was consumed by that whole world of Hollywood.
The film is effectively a snap shot of what was a working honeymoon for them...
It was. They had just got married and Miller had only recently got his passport back after giving evidence in the McCarthy witch-hunt. He wasn't familiar with the world Marilyn was from and he wasn't comfortable with it. He talks in the movie about how the whole circus that surrounded her was destroying his soul. Her insecurity didn't help either.
A lot is being made of Ms Williams' performance as Ms Monroe. Did you get a sense during the making of the film that she was producing something very special?
Being around her, it was clear that she had captured something incredibly special. It wasn't like she was doing an impression of Marilyn. She captured something of her spirit that once she found, she wouldn't let go of. She was magical. There was also a connection between the two of us in the sense that I was playing her husband. It was a surreal experience in many respects. I adore Michelle. I have known her for a little bit. I met her a few times in LA with Heath [Ledger].
Are you a fan of the style from that period?
I love the clothes from that period. The style is fantastic and Miller was a very stylish guy. The costume designer studied all the suits and was very particular about matching the wardrobe with what he wore at that time. The glasses I wore were the coolest. Miller's glasses are iconic so we had to get those exactly right.
How would you describe your style away from the film set?
I like wearing jeans, a T-shirt, old, scuffed up boots and a pea coat. I like T-shirts from American designer James Perse, and that's about as far as my casual look goes. I like classic. I like to wear a nice suit if I'm going out or attending a function and I've been lucky enough to be dressed by Alfred Dunhill in the past.
Do you have any style heroes?
Steve McQueen. I've got a few portraits of McQueen in my house and I've always loved the way he dressed. He used to wear those great khaki trousers with a white T-shirt and leather jacket. He was a real man, and his style was effortless. I don't like style that looks as if it's been a lot of hard work to get to. I like it to look effortless.
My Week with Marilyn opens on 25 November in the UK
From left: Ms Williams, Mr Scott, Mr Eddie Redmayne and Mr Dominic Cooper star in My Week With Marilyn
Ms Williams and Mr Scott play newlyweds, Ms Monroe and Mr Miller
Mr Scott played the villainous Mr Sean Ambrose opposite Ms Thandie Newton in Mission: Impossible II (2000)
From left: Mr Scott, Mr Richard Roxburgh and Mr William Mapother in Mission: Impossible II