The few images from the set of House of Gucci that have leaked on social networks have not thrilled the heirs of the Italian house. They believe that the film, directed by Ridley Scott, “steals the identity” of their family.
Ridley Scott’s next film, House of Gucci continues to garner attention on social media. While the footage from the shoot where Lady Gaga and Adam Driver appear has stirred up impatience among fans, for the Gucci family, the mood is less enthusiastic. Adapted from the book The Gucci Saga – From Luxury to Murder, From Creation to the Stock Market War by Sara Gay Forden, published in 2001, the feature film looks back at the 1995 murder of fashion mogul Maurizio Gucci (played by Adam Driver), orchestrated by his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani (played by Lady Gaga).
“We are really disappointed. I speak on behalf of the family, ”Patrizia Gucci, one of Maurizio’s first cousins, told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “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 that cannot be crossed, ”she continues. Deeming the film intrusive, Patrizia Gucci said she contacted the director’s wife, Giannina Facio, to discuss it, but said she did not get a response.
Beyond the plot, the Gucci family questions the choice of actors. In addition to Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto and Frenchwoman Camille Cottin, the film features legends Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino in the cast. But the physique of the actor of Scarface, who will play the role of Aldo Gucci, uncle of Maurizio, disturbs. “My grandfather was a very handsome man, like all Guccis, very tall, with blue eyes, and very elegant. He is played by Al Pacino, who is already not very tall, and there he is presented as big, small, with legs, really ugly. It’s a shame, because he doesn’t look like her at all, ”said Patrizia Gucci.
As for the latter’s father, Paolo Gucci, played by Jared Leto, he is depicted with advanced baldness and unkempt hair. An image that does not correspond to memories of her daughter: “Horrible, this is horrible. I always feel offended, ”she commented. The heiress said her family will decide what action to take after seeing the film. It is scheduled for release in the fall of 2021, which will mark the centenary of the founding of the Italian brand.