For his next film, The Gucci house, director Ridley Scott has secured some of Hollywood’s best-known names – Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto and Al Pacino – to play as members of the famous fashion family. But some descendants of the $ 15 billion brand’s founder have their silk-lined lingerie in a twist.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Guccio Gucci’s great-granddaughter Patrizia Gucci raged that paparazzi photos from the set of the biopic – which focuses on the murder of her cousin in 1995 – failed to render not justice to the very powerful and fabulously rich clan. .
She said Pacino – who has an Oscar, two Tonys and two Emmys for playing a host of businessmen and commanding patriarchs – wasn’t good-looking enough to play Aldo Gucci, who ran the company for more than 30 years.
“He’s played by Al Pacino, who isn’t very tall already, and this pic shows him as big, short, with sideburns, really ugly.“
– Patrizia Gucci
“My grandfather was a very handsome man, like all Guccis, and very big blue eyes and very elegant,” she says. “He’s played by Al Pacino, who’s not that tall already, and this picture shows him as big, short, with sideburns, really ugly. Ashamed, because he does not look like him at all.
Leto, who plays Aldo’s son Paolo, also failed to meet their standards. Patrizia told the AP she was alarmed by “Leto’s sloppy hair and a lilac corduroy suit” in the photos from the set. “Horrible, horrible,” she said. “I always feel offended.” (Patrizia Gucci did not respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment).
The production, adapted from the book of the same name by Sara Gay Forden, follows the murder in 1995 of the grandson of the founder of the fashion house, Maurizio Gucci, played by Driver. In the ensuing trial, the creator’s ex-wife, “Black Widow” Patrizia Reggiani Martinelli, played by Lady Gaga, was sentenced to 29 years in prison for having ordered the coup.
Patrizia is not the only member of the family to make his displeasure public. Reggiani, who was released from prison after 16 years, told Italian news outlet ANSA in January that she was “rather annoyed” that Lady Gaga was playing against her, “without having had the consideration and sensitivity to come and meet her”.
“It’s not an economic question,” she said. “I won’t get a dime from the movie. It is a matter of common sense and respect.
In the 2000s, shortly after the book was first published, Scott’s wife and collaborator Giannina Facio met members of the Gucci family for a different project.
According to the AP, this project would have focused on Patrizia Gucci’s father and grandfather, rather than the sensational murder, but it didn’t work. For the current film, the producers are collaborating with the Gucci brand, which the family no longer owns since 1993.
“We are really disappointed. I speak on behalf of the family, ”Gucci told The Associated Press. “They steal the identity of a family to make a profit, to increase the income of the Hollywood system… Our family has an identity, a private life. We can talk about everything. but there is a border which cannot be crossed.
Ridley Scott and Al Pacino did not respond to requests for comment.
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