An all-star cast including Lady Gaga, Jared Leto and Adam Driver star in the new crime drama House of Gucci but while the movie has received positive reviews, the Guccis themselves aren't too pleased.
The film – based on the 2001 book The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour and Greed by Sara Gay Forden – peeks inside the life of the infamous Gucci family and how one ambitious woman triggers a spiral of betrayal, revenge and murder.
Patrizia Reggiani (played by Lady Gaga) was convicted of having her ex-husband, fashion heir Maurizio Gucci, assassinated in 1995.
Some critics call the film a must-see, but the Gucci family says the film is ‘extremely painful’ and an ‘insult’ to the family’s legacy.
The heirs of the Italian fashion house claim that the film has depicts members of the family as ‘hooligans’.
In their statement, first published by Italy’s ANSA news agency, the family said: “The Gucci family reserve the right to take every initiative to protect their name and image, and those of their loved ones.
“This is extremely painful from a human point of view and an insult to the legacy on which the brand is built today.”
The family added that Aldo Gucci (played by Al Pacino) – the company chairman from 1953 to 1986 – and other relatives were portrayed “as thugs, ignorant and insensitive to the world around them, attributing to the protagonists [and] events, a stone and an attitude that never belonged to them.”
In the letter, the family also state that they are especially offended by the portrayal of Patrizia Reggiani, who married into the Gucci family.
They said she “is portrayed not just in the film, but also in statements from cast members, as a victim trying to survive in a male and male chauvinist corporate culture. This couldn’t be further from the truth.”
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The Gucci family described their business as an “inclusive company” when they were in charge. They’re no longer connected to the fashion house, which is now owned by the French group Kering.
The family is not currently taking legal action against the film and its producers.
OK! has contacted Ridley Scott and Universal Pictures' representatives for comment.
Ridley, the film's director, previously spoke to BBC Radio 4 about accusations he had "stolen the identity of a family to make a profit".
He explained: “I don’t engage with that. You have to remember that one Gucci was murdered and another [Aldo] went to jail for tax evasion, so you can't be talking to me about making a profit.
"As soon as you do that you become part of the public domain.”
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