Tom Ford was “deeply sad” for days after seeing “House of Gucci”.
The former Gucci creative director admitted he “struggled to see the humor and the camp” in the Sir Ridley Scott film because he was so close to scandal, though he still believes the film will be a “success”.
He wrote in an essay for the digital weekly Air Mail: “I recently survived a screening of the two hour and 37 minute film that is ‘House of Gucci’.
The brilliant, ambitious, beautifully filmed, costumed story of greed and murder is mind-boggling by the sheer number of stars that have been cast. The film rivals the night-time soap ‘Dynasty’ for subtlety but does so on a budget much more important …
“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 game will feel. It was hard for me to see the humor. and the camp in something that was so bloody. In real life, none of it was a camp. It was absurd at times, but ultimately it was tragic.
“But with strong performances from Gaga and Driver, powerful and exaggerated portrayals from the entire cast, impeccable costumes, stunning sets and beautiful cinematography, the film, I guess, will be a hit. Splash the name Gucci through things and they usually sell.
While the “A Single Man” filmmaker was impressed with Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Salma Hayek and Jeremy Irons’ performances in the film, Tom – who did not comment on Reeve Carney’s portrayal of him – did was not impressed with Al Pacino or Jared Leto.
He wrote: “Leto’s talent as an actor is literally buried under latex prosthetics.
“Paolo, whom I met on a number of occasions, was indeed eccentric and did goofy things, but his general demeanor was certainly not like the mad and seemingly mentally challenged character of Leto’s performance.”