House of Gucci: The Family Reacts to the Insulting and Painful Portrayal
The heirs of the Italian fashion business, Gucci, have slammed a new film for purportedly portraying family members as hooligans.
Lady Gaga portrays Patrizia Reggiani, who was convicted of assassinating her former husband, fashion heir Maurizio Gucci, in 1995.
In a letter published by Italy’s ANSA news agency, the family aimed the film.
Ridley Scott, the film’s director, has been approached for comment. The family claimed in their statement that they were represented as ignorant in the film, which stars Adam Driver as Maurizio Gucci and Jared Leto and Al Pacino as other family members.
“The Gucci family reserves the right to take any measures necessary to safeguard their name and image, as well as the names and images of their loved ones,” the letter stated.
They went on to say that Aldo Gucci (played by Pacino), the company’s chairman from 1953 until 1986, and his relatives were depicted as thugs, stupid and oblivious to the society around them, giving the protagonists [and] events a tone and an attitude that never belonged to them.
Since the 1990s, the Gucci family has not been associated with the fashion house. Kering, a French conglomerate, presently owns the luxury brand.
The family has taken no legal action against the film or its creators at this time. When speaking to the Associated Press on behalf of the family, Scott disputed previous criticism voiced by Patrizia Gucci, Maurizio’s second cousin.
She accused the director of taking a family’s identity for a profit.
In an interview earlier this year, Reggiani herself gave Gaga, who channelled her Italian lineage for the role, the thumbs up in an interview, hailing her as a genius. She later stated that she was annoyed that the actress had not called her to arrange a meeting because of respect.
The film premiered in the UK earlier this month and will be released in Italy on December 16th, despite mixed reviews from reviewers.
The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed, starring Jeremy Irons and Salma Hayek, is based on Sara Gay Forden’s 2001 novel The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed.