Scott doesn’t understand how the Gucci family could be upset about Al Pacino’s casting.
The Gucci family isn’t too happy with Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci.” Aldo Gucci’s heirs released a statement this week calling Scott’s film “an insult to the legacy on which the brand is built today.” Even before the film was released in theaters, Guccio Gucci’s great-granddaughter, Patrizia Gucci, came forward to denounce the project on behalf of her family. Patrizia called out the casting of Al Pacino as Aldo Gucci, saying, “My grandfather was a very handsome man, like all Guccis, and very tall, blue-eyed and very elegant. He is played by Al Pacino, who is already not very tall, and this photo shows him fat, small, with sideburns, really ugly. Shame, because he doesn’t look like him at all.
Speaking to Total Film magazine, Scott called the Gucci family’s response to his casting “an alarming insult”. The director reminded the Gucci family that Aldo is played by Al Pacino, Oscar winner and one of the most iconic actors of all time.
“People writing to us on behalf of the family at the start were extremely insulting, saying that Al Pacino did not physically represent Aldo Gucci in any form,” Scott said. “And yet, frankly, how could they be better represented than by Al Pacino? Sorry! You probably have the best actors in the world, you should be so lucky.
Patrizia Gucci also took issue with the casting of Jared Leto as Paolo Gucci. She condemned set photos revealing Leto’s “unkempt hair and a lilac corduroy suit” as Paolo. “Horrible, awful,” she said. “I still feel offended.”
“I think it’s largely comedic,” Scott told Total Film of Leto’s performance. “Certainly for the first two acts. Jared Leto, there’s not a lot of information on [his character] Paolo, but there are pictures of Paolo and that’s exactly what Paolo looks like. We found the pictures and Jared did what he did and dressed like Paolo dressed. There’s not a lot of Paolo talking in front of the camera. And so it must have been, to some extent, imagined, but it’s clear that Paolo was a very colorful and flamboyant man.
“Paolo’s flamboyance was captured quite well,” Scott added. “And how could that be offensive? We’ve been careful not to be too explicit if we can avoid it.
“House of Gucci” is now playing in theaters nationwide.