The ongoing back-and-forth between the cast and crew of House of Gucci and the family on which the movie is based appears to be far from over.
Following the release, the Gucci family released a scathing statement condemning the movie and taking a swipe at its accuracy and its portrayals of them onscreen.
In a statement obtained and translated by Variety, they said: “The Gucci family takes note of the release of the film House of Gucci and is a bit disconcerted because, although the work claims to want to tell the ‘true story’ of the family, the fears raised by the trailers and interviews released so far, are confirmed: the film carries a narrative that is far from accurate.”
The production of the film did not bother to consult the heirs before describing Aldo Gucci — president of the company for 30 years — and the members of the Gucci family as thugs, ignorant and insensitive to the world around them, attributing to the protagonists, events, a tone and an attitude that never belonged to them,” the statement continued. “This is extremely painful from a human point of view and an insult to the legacy on which the brand is built today.”
The statement also slammed Lady Gaga’s portrayal of Patrizia Reggiani — who was convicted of hiring an assassin to murder her husband Maurizio Gucci — accusing the movie and cast of painting her “as a victim who was trying to survive in a masculine and macho corporate culture.”
Director Ridley Scott has finally responded to the accusations:
“I tried to be as respectful as possible by being as factual as possible, and as factual as we can possibly imagine,” he said. “Time and space sometimes has to jump because of the nature of the length of the film.”
Ridley also claimed that the Guccis “should be so fucking lucky” to have the likes of Al Pacino and Jared Leto playing members of their family.
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,” he said. “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 fucking lucky.”