Based on Sara Gay Forden’s 2001 novel, The House Of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed, the film will depict a dramatisation of the true story of the assassination of Maurizio Gucci and the subsequent fall of the fashion family dynasty.
As one of Hollywood’s loudest proponents of Method acting, Jared Leto has long been one of those performers who loves “disappearing” into a role. In House of Gucci, he finally succeeds for better and for worse.
For most of his career, Leto’s shapeshifting has been more conspicuous than chameleonic. But Ridley Scott’s fashion epic uses the actor’s zeal for over-the-top “transformative” performances to its advantage.
Tom Ford has criticised Jared Leto’’s performance in House of Gucci.
In the film, which was released last week to mixed reviews, Leto plays Paolo Gucci, the one-time chief designer of the Italian fashion company.
Ford, who worked for Gucci between 1990 and 2004, condemned Leto’s take on the late fashion designer.
He said: “Paolo, whom I met on several occasions, was indeed eccentric and did some wacky things, but his overall demeanour was certainly not like the crazed and seemingly mentally challenged character of Leto’s performance.”
Ford – who directed the films A Single Man and Nocturnal Animals – added that Leto’s acting was “literally buried under latex prosthetics”.