House of Gucci: Ridley Scott responds to family’s criticism of the film

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Ridley Scott has hit back at the Gucci family’s criticism of his forthcoming film, House of Gucci.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Monday (22 November), the director, 84, discussed the new movie that stars Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani – the woman convicted of orchestrating the assassination of her ex-husband and former head of the Gucci fashion house, Maurizio Gucci.

Patrizia Gucci, cousin of Maurizio, previously said the film, which will be released later this week, is “stealing the identity of a family to make a profit to increase the income of the Hollywood system”.

Responding to her comments, Scott has now said: “I don’t engage with that. You have to remember that one Gucci was murdered and another 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.”

Lady Gaga recently revealed that the viral line of dialogue she utters in the House of Gucci trailer was an ad-lib.

Upon the release of the trailer, fans went wild for a scene where Gaga’s character recites “Father, Son and House of Gucci” while making the sign of the cross.

House of Gucci, which is out on 26 November, is based on Sara Gay Forden’s nonfiction book The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed. Read more about the real-life story here.

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