Ever since the first pictures of Lady Gaga and Adam Driver on the set of House of Gucci emerged earlier this year, excitement for Ridley Scott’s upcoming film has been at a fever pitch for fashion fans. Focusing on the 1995 assassination of the fashion scion Maurizio Gucci (played by Driver) organised by his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani and (Gaga), it’s set to bring to the big screen one of the most dramatic episodes in fashion history.
Yet it seems that the Gucci family themselves are not happy about the film, voicing concerns about everything from the casting to the lack of transparency from the filmmakers.
One of Maurizio’s second cousins, Patrizia Gucci, told the Associated Press: ‘We are truly disappointed. I speak on behalf of the family. They are stealing the identity of a family to make a profit, to increase the income of the Hollywood system… Our family has an identity, privacy. We can talk about everything. But there is a borderline that cannot be crossed.’
The family had previously been in contact with director Ridley Scott’s wife, Giannina Facio, about another film project in the 2000s that was to focus on Paolo Gucci and Aldo Gucci. Patrizia explained that she had attempted to get in touch with her again to find out what House of Gucci would be about, but had not heard anything. This had in turn made her more concerned.
It seems a lot of the family’s grievances are with the casting choices, particularly those of Al Pacino and Jared Leto. As Patrizia explained: ‘My grandfather was a very handsome man, like all the Guccis, and very tall, blue eyes and very elegant. He is being played by Al Pacino, who is not very tall already, and this photo shows him as fat, short, with sideburns, really ugly. Shameful, because he doesn’t resemble him at all.’ She added of Leto, ‘Horrible, horrible. I still feel offended.’
In contrast, Patrizia Reggiani has previously expressed happiness at the likeness between herself and Lady Gaga, however she was disappointed to have not been contacted by the actress over the role, telling the Italian news agency Ansa: ‘I’m annoyed by the fact that Lady Gaga is portraying me in the new Ridley Scott film without even having the courtesy or the good sense to come and meet me. It’s nothing to do with money because I won’t be taking a single cent from the film. It’s about common sense and respect. I say this with all the sympathy and appreciation that I have for her.’
The Guccis are not the first fashion dynasty to come up against their life being brought to the screen. In 2018, the Versaces issued a statement critiquing Ryan Murphy’s gory television series American Crime Story, which focused on the murder of Gianni Versace by spree-killer Andrew Cunanan.
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