The hatchet has not been buried yet. Ridley Scott responded for the first time on Monday, November 22, to criticisms levelled by the Gucci family’s heirs regarding his latest film, House of Gucci, which opens in France on Wednesday.
The 83-year-old American director recalls that a member of Gucci was assassinated and another went to prison for tax evasion in an interview with the BBC. “You can’t bring up the subject of making a profit with me. “As soon as you do that, you become part of the public domain,” he said on Today.
The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamor, and Greed, directed by Ridley Scott, is based on Sara Gay Forden’s novel The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamor, and Greed (2000).
It tells the story of Maurizio Gucci, the heir to the founder of the prestigious Italian label, who was assassinated in 1995. His ex-wife, Patrizia Reggiani, ordered the murder in order for him to benefit from the latter’s shares before remarrying Paola Franchi.
According to Patrizia Gucci, the book’s account is incorrect, and she would have attempted to contact Ridley Scott’s wife, Giannina Facio, in this regard. In the early 2000s, he met with some members of the Italian family to discuss another project. The heiress, concerned, assures her that the production has never returned to her.
Furthermore, the appearance of two of the film’s heroes, played by Al Pacino as Aldo Gucci and Jared Leto as Paolo Gucci, does not appear to be to his liking. “My grandfather, like all the men in the Gucci family, was a very handsome man.”
He had blue eyes and was tall and elegant, she remembered. His actor, Al Pacino, is already short, and this photo shows him big, small, with sideburns, and really, really ugly. It’s a disgrace; it doesn’t look like him at all.”