Yesterday, the heirs of Aldo Gucci – the former president of the fashion house of the Gucci brand, which is portrayed by Al Pacino in the Gucci House – issued a scathing statement criticizing the film.
Now director Ridley Scott has released his own defense of the film in a new interview with Total Film.
Scott claimed that family members writing to express their concerns about the film “were alarmingly insulting, claiming that Al Pacino does not physically represent Aldo Gucci in any form.”
“And yet, frankly, how could they be better represented than by Al Pacino?” Excuse me! You probably have the best actors in the world, you should be so lucky.
Scott also defended Jared Leto’s performance as Paolo Gucci, saying much of it was meant to be “comedic.”
“There is not a lot of information about [his character] Paolo, but there are pictures of Paolo and that’s exactly what Paolo looks like. We found the photos and Jared did what he did and dressed like Paolo. There is not a lot of Paolo speaking in front of the camera. “
“Paolo’s flamboyance was captured pretty well,” Scott continued. “And how could that be offensive? We have been careful not to be too overt if we can avoid it.
Read the full interview here.