'An insult to the legacy' - Gucci family outraged over Ridley Scott's House of Gucci
Revisiting Ridley Scott's House of Gucci, Aldo Gucci's heirs express their dissatisfaction over the film's portrayal of their family history and legacy.
House of Gucci Cast (Source:Willy Sanjuan)
When Ridley Scott's "House of Gucci" premiered in cinemas worldwide in 2021, it didn't just ignite the box office; it set off a flurry of controversy among the Gucci heirs. The star-studded cast, including Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, and Al Pacino, brought to life the tumultuous Gucci family saga in an exhilarating manner (as reported by Reuters). But was the cinematic portrayal faithful to the Gucci legacy? Today, we take a look back at the explosive reactions from the Gucci heirs that surfaced in the film's aftermath.
"Bold, and Brazen and Blingy, Italian" - House of Gucci Through the Eyes of the Stars
In "House of Gucci," Scott unveiled a tale of family, fortune, and crime, centered around the murder of Maurizio Gucci, gunned down in his elegant Milan office by a hitman hired by his estranged wife, Patrizia Reggiani. Jeremy Irons, who played patriarch Rodolfo Gucci, referred to the story as "bold, and brazen and blingy, Italian."
"The Film Conveys a Narrative That is Anything but Accurate" - The Gucci Heirs Weigh In
Despite the global acclaim, the cinematic interpretation did not sit well with the heirs of Aldo Gucci, son of the company founder Guccio Gucci. They expressed their dissatisfaction, stating, "Despite the claim that the work seeks to tell the 'true story' of the family... the film conveys a narrative that is anything but accurate."
The family was particularly irked by the film's portrayal of Aldo Gucci – the president of the company for 30 years – and the Gucci family as "thugs who were ignorant and insensitive to the world around them," terming it as "an insult to the legacy on which the brand is built today."
Moreover, they took issue with the depiction of Reggiani, played by Lady Gaga, as a victim in a chauvinistic corporate culture, noting that the family business was always inclusive and often placed women in top positions.
Looking back, the Gucci family's feud with Ridley Scott's House of Gucci offers a glimpse into the delicate balance between storytelling and truth, and the challenges of portraying real-life stories on the silver screen. As the family threatened to protect their name, image, and dignity, the film stirred up a storm that went beyond mere entertainment, proving once again that all that glitters in the Gucci house is not necessarily gold.
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