Famous people who hated their on-screen portrayals

Gucci family criticizes "extremely painful" portrayal in new scathing statement

Stars Insider

30/11/21 | StarsInsider

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Every film has its critics, but one critic you definitely don’t want is one the film is based on.

Anticipation for the release of Ridley Scott's crime biopic 'House of Gucci' was high, but the heirs of Aldo Gucci (played by Al Pacino), who served as chairman of the Gucci fashion house from 1953 to 1986, were less than pleased with the result. The family issued a statement on November 29 criticizing the production as it "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," reports Variety, adding that the movie attributes "a tone and an attitude to the protagonists of the well-known events that never belonged to them." 

“This is extremely painful from a human point of view and an insult to the legacy on which the brand is built today,” it continued. 

The family also had a problem with how Patrizia Reggiani (played by Lady Gaga), the Italian socialite who served nearly two decades in prison for hiring a hitman to kill her ex-husband Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver), "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.” They explain, “This couldn’t be further from the truth,” and claim that when the Gucci company was a family business, it was "an inclusive company" with several women in positions of power. 

"Gucci is a family that lives honoring the work of its ancestors, whose memory does not deserve to be disturbed to stage a spectacle that is untrue, and which does not do justice to its protagonists," the statement concluded, adding that the "members of the Gucci family reserve the right to take action to protect the name, image and dignity of themselves and their loved ones."

Tom Ford, former creative director of Gucci who has a small role in the film portrayed by Reeve Carney, also penned an essay in Air Mail criticizing the liberties the film took, writing that he was "deeply sad for several days" after watching it and that he "felt as though I had lived through a hurricane when I left the theater. Was it a farce or a gripping tale of greed? I often laughed out loud, but was I supposed to?”

Check out this gallery to see the surprisingly long list of famous people who think the films got it wrong.


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