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When Beauty Becomes Ugly in ‘House of Gucci,’ Lady Gaga and director Ridley Scott collaborate

Lady Gaga visited me in a hotel room near Trafalgar Square the day after “House of Gucci” had its splashy London debut, and she gave me a brief disclaimer about the film.

With platinum hair falling over one eye, Gaga remarked, “If I’m being really honest, I do believe that it’s been sensationalised” that she worked on her accent for so long and that she was in character for so long, according to People. If I could only explain everything to you and make it more clear…”

On the set of the Ridley Scott-directed film, which will be shown in cinemas shortly before Thanksgiving, the starlet, who is 35 years old, was alluding to recent news regarding her acting method on the set. When it came to portraying Patrizia Reggiani, the woman who plotted the murder of her Gucci-heir husband in 1995, Gaga spoke in a convincing Italian accent for nine months and immersed herself in the role to the point where she would think and feel like Patrizia even when the cameras weren’t rolling.

However, as she explained to me, she had her reasons. And Patrizia, for that matter, felt the same way.

A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed” by Sara Gay Forden serves as the inspiration for the film, which follows the ambitious Patrizia as she falls in love with Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver) and marries her way into the dynastic Italian luxury business. Because Maurizio is more interested in books than business, his father Rodolfo (Jeremy Irons) and his uncle Aldo (Joel Edgerton) wield actual authority in the family firm (Al Pacino). It will be necessary for an outsider like Patrizia to push the other members of the Gucci family against one another if she is to become a genuine power within the company. Even Patrizia and Maurizio eventually find themselves at odds, and her fury towards him quickly escalates to the point of murder.

In a statement about her first leading part since “A Star Is Born,” Lady Gaga remarked, “I was in a very difficult point in my life when this screenplay came to me” (2018). During the time she was recording her next album, “Chromatica,” in 2020, she was dealing with depression, and the lady born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta even questioned if she truly wanted to be known as Lady Gaga anymore. When the “House of Gucci” gave her the opportunity to transform into someone else, she leaped at the chance.

Having arrived on the other side, she is beaming as she speaks of Scott’s faith in her ability to improve herself. The actress said, “I’ve never had a greater experience with a filmmaker.” “He is a fan of artists, which is something that other filmmakers are not. “They are in love with themselves.” We spoke about how Gaga’s friendship with the 83-year-old Scott enabled her to perform her most in-depth character study to date as Scott joined us via video conference.

The following are edited transcripts of our talk.

LADY GAGA (Lady Gaga) As soon as you ask me that question, I’m instantaneously transported back to the day I spoke those words on the set of the movie.

RIDLEY SCOTT is a fictional character created by author RIDLEY SCOTT. The most important thing for me was that, no matter how awful things got, there was always something to enjoy about these folks. She pursues him on purpose, but I believe she is fascinated by his gentlemanly demeanour, and this enchantment develops into devotion and love for him. Love is a strong tie, but you must exercise extreme caution when it comes to it, since love may quickly change into hate in an instant.

GAGA When I began reading the book, I realised it was full of views, so I tossed it away. I didn’t want anybody to influence the way I thought. Having observed Patrizia Gucci in her interviews, even the prospect of seeing her struck me as a horrible idea, since she would undoubtedly have a predetermined goal and would want me to present the narrative in the manner in which she desired.

SCOTT Everything about it was quite disappointing. I thought I had it on “Blade Runner,” but I didn’t; it’s a fatal flaw in that when you believe you have something, you don’t. Pauline Kael, a well-known critic at the time, was the one who nailed me on the cross. It’s one of the reasons why I never read criticisms. You must make your own decisions – if you are preoccupied with what the audience is thinking or what they may desire, you will fail miserably. A excellent film will make its way to the Library of Congress, and “Blade Runner” has done just that.

Jonathan James
I serve as a Senior Executive Journalist of The National Era
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