House of Gucci stars Adam Driver and Lady Gaga in fashion film call
Adam Driver tries to decide his most memorable moment after working with Lady Gaga. The duo are electric together onscreen in House of Gucci, in which they play the once-married couple Maurizio Gucci and Patrizia Reggiani.
“It’s hard to say because there is so much that we just took in a really weird direction,” the Star Wars actor, 38, from San Diego recalls. “We were both so excited to play, and there’s nothing to work on when it comes to chemistry – it’s right there.
“The more intimate scenes were really fun because we’re pretty comfortable. I feel comfortable in my own skin and she is in hers and there is more anxiety like, “What’s going to happen?”
The ending of House of Gucci – directed by prolific Sir Ridley Scott, famous for Alien and Gladiator – is so shocking that it’s hard to believe it was inspired by real events. The story delves into the history of the family behind the Italian fashion brand Gucci, founded in Florence in 1921 by Guccio Gucci. Written by Becky Johnston and Roberto Bentivegna, the dynastic saga takes us on a journey of scandal and betrayal, starting in the 1970s, which was a turning point for Gucci.
At the time, the company was overseen by Guccio’s sons Aldo (Al Pacino) and Rodolfo (Jeremy Irons), but the question arises as to who will be next at the helm. When Rodolfo’s son Maurizio meets the beautiful Patrizia, he falls in love and marries her against his father’s will – and she persuades him to join her family business. Aldo’s son – the hapless and whimsical Paolo (Jared Leto) – is not happy with this. But more drama is to come; In the face of growing competition from rivals such as Armani, Versace and Lagerfeld, the ambitious Patrizia pushes her husband to stage a coup.
The couple take control of the business and Maurizio begins to take advantage of the power he has. In fact, he ends up turning on Patrizia, leaving their marriage in tatters. Heartbroken and desperate for revenge, she teams up with medium Pina Auriemma (Salma Hayek), but Maurizio has no idea of the danger that awaits her …
For Driver, the initial draft of the project – which many predict will win big at the Oscars next year – teamed up with Scott again. “We had just worked together on Last Duel, and I loved it,” he enthuses. “So when he contacted me, I couldn’t wait to get back on set with him.”
Meanwhile, New York native Lady Gaga, who received critical acclaim for her role in A Star Is Born (the film also won the Oscar for Best Original Song for Shallow, which she co- wrote), loved the complexity of his tragic character. “Before seeing the film, some people might think Patrizia is a gold digger,” said the 35-year-old. “But when they got married, her family had turned their backs on her. So she didn’t get married for money, she got married for love.
The acclaimed musician – whose hits include Poker Face, Bad Romance and Born This Way – notes that Patrizia “wanted the family so seriously.” “She was smart and felt she knew what to do to move the business forward. But their acceptance was only an illusion. They were all using it just to get to Maurizio and tighten their control. She was always a stranger, a woman in a man’s world, and she couldn’t do it all, as many women know. Their power can often go unnoticed.
Since this is based on a true story, there must have been a ton of research involved for the different parts. What did Driver – who is also known for Oscar-winning drama Marriage Story – learned about Maurizio in his prep that really stuck with him? “Well, I learned a lot of things that are probably boring about building a character, like their accent. He spoke English very well where he was educated in London – how do you say that with the accent? And factual things, how much was his father in control and reluctant to take over the business? What was his relationship with this idea of inheritance that we talk about in the film? “
The charismatic star continues, “The most surprising thing is his relationship to the spiritual part of it all, which isn’t in the movie, but it was in life. At one point, he also had a spiritual advisor and they There is a story where he walked into a room and felt a presence because Patrizia’s Pina had cast a spell on the house.
Another brilliant performance in House of Gucci comes from Louisiana-born Jared Leto. The 49-year-old – who is also the lead singer of Thirty Seconds to Mars – first rose to prominence for his role in the American television series My So-Called Life. Next came memorable film roles in Fight Club, Requiem for a Dream and Dallas Buyers Club, for which he received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. And Paolo Gucci has undergone quite a transformation, with the star wearing a bald cap and going through six hours of heavy prosthetics each morning, leaving him unrecognizable in the film.
“I love that Paolo always has bright eyes and a belly full of bread,” Leto remembers. “He was someone who loved life. It was fun playing a character who sang, danced, and still fought for his creative survival. He was very passionate and volatile. Every scene I had was absolutely amazing. A difficult experience, but worth every second.
Elaborating more on how he played Paolo, he recalls: “I studied Italian, I immersed myself in Italian culture and history and in the language, the music of the time. I visited Paolo’s tomb, which was very beautiful, and a touching experience. I read all I could, watched all I could, talked to my family and friends, and I really tried to give an impression of this life on the screen.
“I had a blast doing it. I find Paolo to be a very lovable and funny guy.
House of Gucci hits theaters Friday, November 26.