Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci” film, currently in cinemas, makes some obvious big choices in its portrayal of the opulent fashion house dynasty.
There’s a certain campiness to some of the performances, and actors all at least trying their best with Italian accents. Whether it works creatively is up to the viewer, but the Gucci family itself has not been happy.
The other day they released a statement speaking about their quarrels with the film which they feel portrays them as “thugs, ignorant and insensitive to the world around them”. Patrizia Gucci also previously stated the casting of Al Pacino in the role of her father made her family seem “short, fat and ugly.”
Now Scott himself has spoken some more about the criticism from the family with Total Film, saying with his usual blunt candour:
“The people that were writing from the family to us at the onset were alarmingly insulting, saying that Al Pacino did not represent physically Aldo Gucci in any shape or form. And yet, frankly, how could they be better represented than by Al Pacino? Excuse me! You probably have the best actors in the world, you should be so f–king lucky.”
Scott also took a shot at the criticisms by viewers of the film for some of the portrayals, particularly actor Jared Leto’s role as Paolo Gucci:
“I think a lot of it is comedic. Certainly for the first two acts. Jared Leto, there’s not a lot of information about [his character] Paolo, but there are pictures of Paolo and that’s exactly what Paolo looks like.
We found the pictures and Jared did what he did and dressed the way Paolo dressed. There’s not a lot of Paolo on camera talking. And so that had to be, to a certain extent, imagined, but clearly, Paolo was a very colorful and flamboyant man.
The flamboyance of Paolo was quite nicely captured, and how could that be offensive? We paid attention to not getting too overt if we can avoid it.”
“House of Gucci” is in theaters now with critical reviews being generally good, but divided. Meanwhile Dateline NBC has announced they’ll be doing their own special on the murder of Maurizio Gucci which the film’s story focuses on. That special will air this Friday.