Gucci Family Blasts 'House of Gucci' Film as an 'Insult' and 'Extremely Painful'

Members of the Gucci family issued a statement to an Italian news agency that decries director Ridley Scott's House of Gucci film as inaccurate and insulting.

"The production of the film 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," the statement—first published by Italian news agency ANSA and later obtained by Variety—read.

The statement from the heirs of the fashion mogul Aldo Gucci also indicated the family is considering legal action. It read: "The Gucci family reserves the right to take every initiative to protect their name and image and those of their loved ones."

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Members of the Gucci family released a statement condemning the film "House of Gucci," which stars Lady Gaga. In this photo, Lady Gaga is seen at the Italian premiere of the movie "House Of Gucci" at The Space Cinema Odeon on November 13 in Milan, Italy. Getty

The family members also blasted the movie for having a "narrative that is far from accurate" 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," the statement said.

The letter continued: "Gucci is a family that lives honoring the work of its ancestors, whose memory does not deserve to be disturbed to stage a film that is not true and that does not do justice to its protagonists."

In the film, Al Pacino plays Aldo Gucci, who served as chairman of the Gucci fashion house from 1953 to 1986. Lady Gaga stars as Patrizia Reggiani, a socialite convicted in 1998 for hiring a hitman to murder Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver).

The family's statement also took issue with Gaga's character, saying Reggiani "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."

The letter then stated that various women held high positions within the Gucci company during the time period represented in the movie, including the president of Gucci America, the head of Global PR and communications and a member of the board of directors of Gucci America.

Despite the statement proclaiming the family would protect their name, Variety reported an inside source said no legal action has been taken as of this time against Scott's production company or the distributors.

Over the weekend, fashion mogul Tom Ford, who is portrayed briefly in the film, wrote an essay for the digital weekly Air Mail that was largely crucial of the film. While he praised Lady Gaga's performance, he likened the viewing experience to feeling like he "had lived through a hurricane when I left the theater."

"I was deeply sad for several days after watching House of Gucci, a reaction that I think only those of us who knew the players and the play will feel," Ford wrote. "It was hard for me to see the humor and camp in something that was so bloody. In real life, none of it was camp. It was at times absurd, but ultimately it was tragic."