Now, Movies are returning to their pre-pandemic success. The Lady Gaga-led project “House of Gucci” earned $20 million in the US during its first days of release.
In a statement obtained 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 Gucci family denied that this was the case, nothing that “women were in several top positions” at the fashion house during the time the movie took place.
“Gucci is a family that lives honoring the work of its ancestors, whose memory does not deserve to be disturbed to stage a film that is not true and that does not do justice to its protagonists,” the statement finished. “The members of the Gucci family reserves every right to protect the name, image and the dignity of their loved ones.”
This is not the first time the Gucci family have voiced their criticism.
“My grandfather was a very handsome man, like all the Guccis, and very tall, blue eyes and very elegant,” Patrizia told AP. “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,” she added.
She went on to call Jared Leto’s appearance as her father “horrible,” saying: “I still feel offended.”
The directer, Ridley Scott has defended the movie in an interview.
“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.”
In response to comments from Gucci Family, Ridley did not hold back, claiming that the family “should be so fucking lucky.”
“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.”
The director went on to explain that elements of the movie were satire.
“The story, in a funny kind of way, it’s a satire,” Ridley said. “And therefore, satire is really a posh way of saying it’s a comedy. And I think a lot of it is comedic. Certainly for the first two acts.”
“Jared Leto, there’s not a lot of information about [his character] Paolo, but there are pictures of Paolo and that’s exactly what Paolo looks like,” he went on. “We found the pictures and Jared did what he did and dressed the way Paolo dressed. There’s not a lot of Paolo on camera talking. And so that had to be, to a certain extent, imagined, but clearly Paolo was a very colorful and flamboyant man.”
Ridley finished: “The flamboyance of Paolo was quite nicely captured. And how could that be offensive? We paid attention to not getting too overt if we can avoid it.”