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During the Troubled Production of Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier's The Prince And The Showgirl, assistant director Colin Clark became sort-of involved with Miss Monroe and wrote some memoirs about it years later. They are the basis for the 2011 film My Week With Marilyn, starring Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe, Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier, and Eddie Redmayne as Colin Clark. Much of the attention the film has gotten from the media comes from the presence of Harry Potter's Emma Watson in a minor role.

Tropes used in My Week with Marilyn include:


 Lucy: Did she break your heart?

Colin: A little.

Lucy: Good. It needed to be broken.

  • Precision F-Strike: There's six F-bombs scattered throughout, mainly spoken by Laurence Olivier.
  • Sidelong Glance Biopic: Let's face it... nobody went to see this movie to learn about Colin Clark.
  • Stepford Smiler: Subverted with Marilyn. While she is messed up inside, when she smiles she's genuinely happy.
  • What Might Have Been: Ralph Fiennes was originally approached to play Olivier, but turned the part down so he could work on his directoral debut Coriolanus.
  • Woman Scorned: A very mild example in Lucy, who considers Colin's date with Marilyn as jilting her, never mind that Colin believed it accidental. What's the worst thing she does to him? Tell him flat out that his heart needed to be broken after learning that Marilyn did break his heart "a little".