The heirs to the Gucci fashion empire have slammed Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci” feature and have hinted at possible legal action.
Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons and Al Pacino star in the film about the turbulent years that led to the murder of Maurizio Gucci (Driver), head of the famed Milan fashion house. Gaga plays Patrizia Reggiani, the Italian socialite convicted for hiring a hitman to kill her ex-husband Maurizio.
In a statement published to Italian wire service ANSA (via THR), the Gucci family says “the production of the film did not bother to consult the heirs” of the fashion empire before portraying their family members as “thugs, ignorant and insensitive to the world around them.”
The statement also says: “The Gucci family reserve the right to take every initiative (necessary) to protect their name and image and those of their loved ones.”
Scott has previously dismissed the family’s criticism, telling BBC Radio last week: “I don’t engage with that. You have to remember that one Gucci was murdered and another went to jail for tax evasion so you can’t be talking to me about making a profit. As soon as you do that you become part of the public domain.”
“House of Gucci” had a five-day opening of $21.8 million this past weekend, record numbers for an original adult drama in the pandemic era.