Gucci family calls casting in Ridley Scott's upcoming 'House of Gucci' biopic 'ugly' and 'shameful'

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House of Gucci
Lady Gaga and Adam Driver on the set of "House of Gucci." Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images
  • The Gucci family has said they are "truly disappointed" by Ridley Scott's upcoming biopic.

  • The movie centers on the 1995 murder of Maurizio Gucci.

  • Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, and Al Pacino star in the film.

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Viral photographs from the set of Ridley Scott's forthcoming A-list drama "House of Gucci" have been extremely popular with fans, but real-life members of the Gucci family have become increasingly unhappy about the film's direction, and they have now denounced the film slamming its casting and director.

The film, which is currently in production, tells the story of the 1995 murder of Maurizio Gucci, played by Adam Driver, which was ordered by his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani, played by Lady Gaga. Maurizio was the grandchild of Guccio Gucci who founded the fashion house and at one point he was the head of the Gucci fashion house.

Speaking with the Associated Press, Patrizia Gucci, Maurizio's cousin, said the entire Gucci family was "truly disappointed" by what they have seen of Ridley Scott's upcoming movie. She said: "They are stealing the identity of a family to make a profit, to increase the income of the Hollywood system. Our family has an identity, privacy. We can talk about everything, but there is a borderline that cannot be crossed."

The Gucci family is said to have three main concerns over the film. First, a lack of contact with Ridley Scott over the film's scope and direction. Patrizia Gucci told the Associated Press that she has attempted to contact Ridley Scott's wife and producing partner, Giannina Facio, to discuss the film, but she did not receive a reply. The Associated Press reports that Facio previously met with members of the Gucci family in the early 2000s to discuss the possibility of a separate film project which subsequently fell through.

Second, the family raised concern over the accuracy of the film's casting, specifically that of Al Pacino and Jared Leto who have both been photographed in costume on set by paparazzi.

Discussing Pacino's casting, Aldo Gucci said: "My grandfather was a very handsome man, like all the Guccis, and very tall, blue eyes and very elegant. He is being played by Al Pacino, who is not very tall already, and this photo shows him as fat, short, with sideburns, really ugly. Shameful, because he doesn't resemble him at all."

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Al Pacino alongside Lady gaga on set. Ernesto Ruscio/GC Images

Lastly, the family claims that "The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour and Greed," the book on which Scott's film is based on, is riddled with inaccuracies. Patrizia Gucci said the family will decide what further action to take after seeing the movie.

Patrizia Reggiani was released from prison in 2016 after serving 17 years of her 29-year sentence. During the trial, she was dubbed the "Black Widow" by the Italian media and it was uncovered that she ordered the hit on her ex-husband after he left her for another woman.

When interviewed by The Guardian in 2014, Reggiani was asked why she didn't shoot her ex-husband herself to which she replied: "My eyesight is not so good. I didn't want to miss."

Earlier this month, it was announced that actor Salma Hayek, who is married to François-Henri Pinault, the chairman of Kering, which now owns the Gucci fashion house, had joined the cast in a supporting role. "House of Gucci" is currently set for a November release.

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