Lady Gaga has revealed that she deliberately avoided talking to Patrizia Gucci before playing her in the House Of Gucci biography with the Italian socialite.
The singer-come-actress, 35, explicitly stated that ‘no one’ would tell her how to play the role of Patricia – not even the convicted criminal himself.
Patrizia – also known as the Black Widow – was found guilty and sentenced to 29 years for hiring the hired killer who murdered her ex-husband, Maurizio Gucci.
Star: Lady Gaga has revealed that she deliberately avoided talking to Patrizia Gucci before playing her in the House Of Gucci biography with the Italian socialite in an interview with Vogue
Patrizia said earlier in March that she felt ‘annoyed’ that Gaga had not reached out to meet her before portraying the role.
But Lady Gaga has now retaliated, telling Vogue magazine: ‘I only felt I could do this story justice if I approached it with the eyes of a curious woman who was interested in possessing a journalistic spirit, so I could read between the lines of what happened in the scenes of the film.
“That means no one would tell me who Patrizia Gucci was, not even Patrizia Gucci.”
During the interview, Gaga also discussed her dedication to the role when she revealed that she chose a ‘full method’ process and did not break the character for nine months.
She said: ‘It’s been three years since I started working on it and I want to be completely honest and transparent: I spoke with an accent for nine months of it.
Statements: The singer-come-actress, 35, explicitly stated that ‘nobody’ would tell her how to play the role of Patricia – not even the convicted criminal herself (Gaga depicted in the film)
‘Without a camera, I would never break up. I stayed with her. It was almost impossible for me to speak with an accent as a blonde. I immediately had to dye my hair and I started living in a way whereby everything I looked at, everything I touched, I started noticing where and when I could see money .
‘I also started taking pictures. I have no evidence that Patrizia was a photographer, but I thought as an exercise, and finding her interests in life, that I would become a photographer, so I took my point-and-shoot camera with me wherever I went.
‘I noticed that Patrizia loved beautiful things. If something was not beautiful, I deleted it. I was fascinated by this woman’s journey. ‘
After learning that Gaga was going to play her in the biopic, Patrizia Gucci né Reggiani told an Italian journalist: ‘I’m quite annoyed by the fact that Lady Gaga plays me in the new Ridley Scott movie without even having foresight and sensitivity to come and meet me. ‘
The role: Patrizia – also known as the black widow – (pictured in the 80s) was found guilty and sentenced to 29 years for hiring the hired killer who murdered her ex-husband, Maurizio Gucci
Gucci told the Associated Press in April that she ‘spoke for the family’ when she said they were ‘really disappointed’ with what they have seen of the film so far.
She said paparazzi photos of Jared Leto as Paolo Gucci and Al Pacino as Aldo Gucci were not an ‘exact resemblance’ to her real relatives.
She said: ‘My grandfather was a very handsome man, like all the Gucci, and very tall, blue eyes and very elegant,’ Patrizia Gucci told the AP. ‘He’s played by Al Pacino, who’s not very tall in advance, and this picture shows him as fat, short, with sideburns, really ugly. Shameful, because he does not look like him at all.
“They steal a family’s identity to make money, to increase income in the Hollywood system … Our family has an identity, privacy,” she said. ‘We can talk about anything. but there is a limit which cannot be exceeded. ‘
Dedication: During the interview, Gaga also discussed her dedication to the role when she revealed that she chose a ‘full method’ process and did not break the grade for nine months
Elsewhere in the Vogue interview, Gaga talked about playing the controversial character, saying, ‘I do not want to glorify anyone who would commit murder.
“But I want to show respect for women throughout history, who have become experts in survival, and for the unfortunate consequences of the wound.
‘I hope women will see this and remind themselves to think twice about hurting people hurting people. And it’s dangerous. What happens to someone, “she asks,” when they are pushed over the edge? ”
She added about making the film: ‘It was an experience of a lifetime to make this film because every minute of every day I thought about my ancestors in Italy and what they should do so that I could have a better life.
‘I just wanted to make them proud, and therefore I made the decision to make the notion of a real woman and not of the idea of a bad woman.’
But she also revealed that she went so deep into that part that she began to lose touch with reality.
The star explained: ‘I had some psychological problems at some point towards the end of the filming. I was either in my hotel room, living and talking like Reggiani, or I was on stage, living and talking like her.
‘I remember going out to Italy one day wearing a hat to go for a walk. I had not gone for a walk in about two months and I panicked. I thought I was on a movie set. ‘
Response: Elsewhere in the Vogue interview, Gaga talked about playing the controversial character and said, ‘I do not want to glorify anyone who would commit murder’ (Gaga is depicted in the film)
The film, which documents Reggiani’s sensational plot to murder her ex-husband, is based on the novel The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamor, and Greed by author Sara Gay Forden.
Reggiani, nicknamed ‘the black widow’, was found guilty of paying a hitman € 300,000 (£ 240,000) to murder the 46-year-old Maurizio Gucci, heir to the fashion empire, in 1995.
He had left her for another woman 10 years earlier after telling her he was going on a short business trip.
It is said that she was also furious that her ex-husband had started seeing other women and feared that her daughters’ inheritance of $ 170 million was in jeopardy if he remarried before ordering hits.
Drama: Reggiani eventually hired assassin Benedetto Ceraulo, a debt-ridden pizzeria owner who shot Gucci and killed on the steps to his Milan office
She also wanted more than the $ 650,000 she had been offered in a divorce settlement, the court heard.
Reggiani eventually hired assassin Benedetto Ceraulo, a debt-ridden pizzeria owner who shot Gucci and killed him on the stairs to his office in Milan when he arrived at work. Ceraulo was sentenced and sentenced to life in prison.
She was convicted after her clairvoyant and confidante Pina Auriemma became an informant and told police about the plot.
During the murder case, which hit Italy, Reggiani arrived every day wearing Gucci clothing and accessories from head to toe.
The court heard how she had ordered the murder of her husband after he offered her $ 650,000 in a divorce settlement.
She was originally sentenced to 29 years in 1998, which was reduced to 26 on appeal. She served 18 years – with her ferret Bambi as companion for some of the time – before she was released in October 2014.
Reggiani, known for his luxury lifestyle, once said: ‘I’d rather cry in a Rolls than be happy on a bike’ and turned down the offer of day release while in jail because it would have meant performing ‘deficit’ occupation.
In 2017, a court ruled that Reggiani was entitled to receive £ 900,000 a year from her ex-husband’s fortune.
Anger: She was found guilty of paying a hitman € 300,000 (£ 240,000) to murder 46-year-old Maurizio Gucci, heir to the fashion empire
Maurizio Gucci was the grandson of Guccio Gucci, the founder of the fashion company that became famous with its double G logo.
In the early 1990s, it got into trouble and he sold the brand for $ 120 million, just two years before his death.
The new film is scheduled to go on general release from November 24, 2021.
See the full feature in the December issue of British Vogue available via digital download and at newsagents from Friday 5 November.
Gucci’s fashion empire was founded in 1921 by Guccio Gucci, a Florentine leather merchant whose business selling leather travel bags thrived after the Depression and World War II.
Guccio’s son Aldo expanded the business to Paris, New York and Tokyo when the family name ‘twin G’s became a worldwide fashion icon.
In 1974, the Gucci Empire numbered 14 stores and 46 franchise stores around the world.
At about the same time, celebrities like Jackie Kennedy helped establish Gucci as the world’s leading fashion brand by embracing its products.
Maurizio Gucci, Guccio’s grandson and Aldo’s nephew, took control of the company from the board after Aldo, who was sent to prison for tax evasion in 1986, aged 81.
However, Maurizio would be the last member of the family to lead the Gucci business.
By 1989, nearly 50 percent of the company had been bought out by Investcorp, a group of investment bankers looking for shares in the company.
In 1993, Maurizio sold its $ 170 million stake to a Bahrain-based investment company.