Director Ryan Scott is absolutely insulted by the criticisms that have been hurled at him by members of the Gucci family. In a recent interview, Scott made it clear that he stands by his film and feels that the Guccis are simply trying to rewrite history in order to save face.
"They're just trying to protect their brand," Scott said. "It's so narcissistic. All of them: Maurizio and his dad and especially Patricia."
He went on to say that he had reached out to the Guccis prior to the film's release in order to get their blessing, but they all refused to meet with him. "They didn't want me anywhere near their family," Scott said. "Which I thought was really funny, because my movie is all about them."
This certainly isn't the first time that the Guccis have spoken out against the film. Aldo Gucci's only daughter, Patricia, also took particular offense with Al Pacino's portrayal of him, so much so that she called the actor's portrayal "shameful because he doesn't resemble him at all."
In the same interview, Scott called Patricia's statement "the funniest thing I've ever heard."
"That line is just so good, because she has no idea what he looks like," he said. "I mean, Al Pacino doesn't look anything like her father – it kind of goes without saying – but she also never met him so she has no idea what her father looks like."
He went on to make it clear that he believes the family's criticism is "all about branding" and said, "I think they're nervous because I'm telling a truthful story."
Scott certainly isn't pulling any punches when it comes to how he feels about his movie.
Scott also was quick to point out that despite many claims by the Gucci family, the film is far from fiction as it is based on a non-fiction book written by Lauraal Gucci (Adam Driver), one of Maurizio's cousins.
"It's based on a true story," Scott said. "I'm not making anything up here."It is clear that the director is passionate about his film and feels that the Gucci family are simply trying to protect their own interests. In the face of such criticism, it will be interesting to see how the film is received by audiences.