Several setbacks across the years derailed the casting and production of the acclaimed film “House of Gucci.” The film was finally released in 2021 and starred several talents, including Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani, Adam Driver as Maurizio Gucci, Al Pacino as Aldo Gucci, Jared Leto as Paolo Gucci, and Salma Hayek as Giuseppina “Pina” Auriemma.
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The crime drama chronicled the downfall of the Gucci family dynasty who once owned the rights to their eponymously named Italian fashion brand. Following its premiere, it received mixed reviews, with some viewers particularly finding fault in Leto’s performance.
Now, the actor has come out to reveal his approach to prepping for his character role, for which he had to speak with an Italian accent.
What Did Leto Say About His Role?
Leto recently had a sit down with TheWrap, where he shared his personal insight into his movie character. The actor revealed that he found it easy to switch to an Italian accent because he believed the act revolved around learning to enunciate his words in the right way.
“An accent is just a series of mistakes. You learn how to say a word, and maybe you don’t say it ‘correctly,’ whatever that means, but it’s just a series of habits,” he said. “It’s the way your mouth makes shapes. Everyone learns theirs differently.”
Leto will be starring in an upcoming film, “WeCrashed,” where he plays Adam Neumann. The actor compared this role with Paolo’s, saying learning Neumann’s Israeli accent wasn’t too different from learning Paolo’s Italian accent. However, the actor cited he had more access to materials to prepare for the Paolo role, which made things easier during the production process.
Leto Immerses Himself Into His Movie Roles
Leto is renowned for going all out for his roles. However, his love for method acting seemed to garner some negative criticism when he portrayed Paulo in “House of Gucci.”
Such criticisms do not affect the actor as he avoids reading reviews. He admitted that he had fun all through the production process and was happy his acting triggered reactions from the viewers.
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“I can imagine (the reaction) because it’s a big swing. I don’t look at reviews, I don’t look at critics or read comments, but I tried my very best,” the actor told Screen daily. “Paolo is the best I can do. If you don’t like the work, that’s OK.”
Leto Received Award Nominations For His ‘House Of Gucci’ Role
Getting mixed reviews from the public did not stop Leto from earning some award nominations for his “House Of Gucci” Role. The actor is in the mix for the Screen Actors Guild Award and Critics’ Choice Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor for 2022.
Additionally, Leto is also among the list of actors expected to receive nominations for the Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards when the list gets revealed on February 8.
The movie also drew in great profit numbers, amassing over $151 million at the box office. It outperformed Director Ridley Scott’s other film from last year, “The Last Duel,” five times over and with some to spare.
‘House of Gucci’ Was A Success
“House of Gucci” first premiered in London at the Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on November 9, 2021. Subsequently, the showrunners released the film in other theaters across the United Kingdom and the United States.
The film’s success during an era blighted by the lingering effects of the pandemic showed that the public was ready to embrace more drama films, letting them share the same spotlight with the more commonplace action blockbusters.
Conclusively, all praises for the film’s success must go to the cast and crew who delivered enthralling performances while depicting the troubled Gucci family. The movie is currently available for streaming on Paramount+ and will debut on Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD on February 22.