There is something refreshingly frank about people when they reach a certain age. Remember how your grandmother could always cut straight through the blather at a family gathering and drop the kind of truth bombs others would avoid out of politeness? Ridley Scott has that same golden oldie power now, at the age of 84. He has been around the block enough times and he does not give a f**k.
As we are finding out frequently these days. He already laid into low attention span Gen-Z and Millennials, multi-screening and implying this meant they couldn’t deal with more high brow movies such as The Last Duel. He was similarly blunt about superhero movies.
Now he has taken criticism of House of Gucci head-on. What is even more interesting is this is criticism from the Gucci family themselves.
The family released a statement saying the movie portrays them as:
“…thugs, ignorant and insensitive to the world around them..”
Patrizia Gucci also commented on the casting of Al Pacino as their father, calling him:
“…short, fat and ugly.”
Speaking with Total Film Scott deployed his octagenarian, zero f**ks given energy once again:
“The people that were writing from the family to us at the onset were alarmingly insulting, saying that Al Pacino did not represent physically Aldo Gucci in any shape or form. And yet, frankly, how could they be better represented than by Al Pacino? Excuse me! You probably have the best actors in the world, you should be so f*cking lucky.”
House of Gucci is in theaters now. Reviews are largely good, but critics and audiences seem divided.
Scott remains the hardest working director in Hollywood right now and is already in production on Kitbag, his Napoleonic pic with Joaquin Phoenix. He recently announced that plans are in place for a Gladiator sequel and that they have cracked the story.