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Inside Edition:  A Look Back at the Murder of Gianni Versace, 20 Years Later




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20 Years After the Killing of Gianni Versace, New Miniseries Puts Murder Back in the Spotlight.

July 7, 2017

July 15 marks the 20th anniversary of fashion designer Gianni Versace’s assassination outside his Miami mansion, a murder that left the fashion world shaken.


The murder is the subject of the upcoming FX miniseries, American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, which stars Penelope Cruz as his sister, Donatella, and Edgar Ramirez as the late designer.


The series also stars singer Ricky Martin and Glee's Darren Criss, and is set to air next year.


The filming of the show, produced by Ryan Murphy, took place at Versace's actual mansion.


Versace’s killer was Andrew Cunanan, a 27-year-old college dropout and petty hustler. His trail of death in 1997 stretched from Minnesota to Illinois to New Jersey.


The Italian designer was Cunanan’s next target. He was gunned down as he returned to his waterfront estate in South Beach following a morning cup of coffee.


Cunanan was found days later, hiding in a fancy Miami houseboat. He killed himself as police stormed in.

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Filming in Long Beach.  :happy face

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Last night shooting for ACS Versace at The Silver Fox in Long Beach, CA via Zack Wysocki’s Instagram Story (July 7th, 2017)

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Ahh, man, my will power is so weak.  I saw this on dcriss-archive, so I watched almost all of it.  :cheeky I don't know 



20/20 ABC | Dying to Be Famous: The Versace Murders

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Darren’s chair on set at ACS: Versace via Ricky Rollins’ Instagram Story (Instagram.com/rockerrrick) 7/13/17

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A very interesting, very detailed interview by Ryan about The Assassination of Gianni Versace:  American Crime Story. 


I haven't heard of this site before, but it looks like an interesting website for the entertainment industry.  Emmanuel Levy certainly has a respectable resume. 

I really do admire Ryan's commitment to giving people in the entertainment industry, including actors, great opportunities!


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American Crime Story: Versace--Interview with Ryan Murphy

June 25, 2017

Edgar Ramirez stars as the openly gay designer, who was tragically gunned down on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion in 1997 by serial killer Andrew Cunanan, played by Darren Criss.

The limited series chronicles the bizarre murder and the manhunt for Cunanan, who targeted gay men and was responsible for five murders.

Casting Darren Criss as Cunanan

Ryan Murphy: I didn’t have to convince him at all. What I like to do is give people opportunities sometimes that they would never have. And Darren is obviously a brilliant singer and a performer and a showman and did “Glee” and has been on Broadway. When Brad Simpson and Nina Jacobson and I were first talking about this idea of doing Versace as sort of the O.J. follow-up, which was around two years ago, I immediately called Darren. Because to me he was the only one for that part. And I just said, I’m thinking about doing this, would you be interested. And he said, well yes, very much so because it’s such a great part. And I said, ok I’ll get the contracts drawn. And then it took two years because you have to write it and you have to get it green-lit. But he was always the only person I had in mind for it because I knew that he would push himself because he was so hungry to prove himself in a different way. And it’s a truly insane dramatic part. And he really wanted to go there. So he was the only person we talked to. He hadn’t heard from me and then he was getting ready to do another show and the day it was announced that Versace was up, he was, oh shit what am I going to do. But we all worked it out so he was able to get out and commit pretty much a year to it. And he was great. Brad and Nina went to see him in “Hedwig” and he knew they were in the audience so of course he came out and sat on Brad’s lap and did the whole showbiz thing.



Love seeing again how supportive Ryan is of Darren, how he really wanted to give Darren this special opportunity.  I'm very grateful and touched by Ryan's faith in and support of Darren!  Loved reading again how Ryan always had solely Darren in mind to play the role of Cunanan.   heart :love


Ok. . . what other show was Darren getting ready to do?!   Ryan, don't leave us hanging!  :cry broken heart 

Was it Royalties?   I personally think it was Royalties because:  (1)  Darren is very careful about not announcing his projects until the last minute, when he's very sure they will get done.  I don't think he would have mentioned (at the SF concert that he did at Feinstein's at the Nikko) selling the pilot script unless he knew that the project would proceed further;
(2)  Jonathan Gabay, and the writer Patrick Carlyle tweeted about the project, and they (along with writer Allyn Rachel, as well as Gail Berman, Joe Earley and Dani Gorin of The Jackal Group, which is a production group) all went to see Darren in Hedwig and the Angry Inch in  L.A..

I also was wondering about the part where Ryan said Darren was able to commit for pretty much a year to this project.  I thought Ryan previously said the commitment was 5 months?

We'll just have to wait and see if we find out what show Ryan is talking about, and if that show is still on the table for Darren! :fingers crossed :fingers crossed


I thought this was interesting (from the same article), what Ryan said about the  historical context of this project in terms of social issues:

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. . . Of course then, half the people I knew who had had ties to Hollywood and San Diego said, I was at a bar, I met Andrew Cunanan.  So there was always a very mythical thing about that guy. But it was just a real tragedy. And the reason I wanted to do this story so badly was because if you do O.J., what do you do to top O.J.? You have to do something completely different. And I wanted to do something smaller and more intimate. And, it’s a different kind of crime. When we do “American Crime” we’re not just going to do Jon Benet, we’re not going to just do something salacious. It has to be about something that has American social issues in it. And this period of time that we’re talking about, 1997, there were really two people who were out in entertainment, Elton John and Gianni Versace.


 
And more about Andrew Cunanan, and about the context of this period of time, about the current struggles and issues facing the LGBTQ community at that time (such as the personal struggles to come out as gay, as well as the homophobic police and how homophobia and self-hate played a part in the motivation of Cunanan to commit these murders).  I definitely can see that this is personal and important to Ryan.  I always have been drawn to personal stories set in the larger context of broad social and political issues.  

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Versace as Openly Gay

RM: Versace really struggled with it. There were a lot of conversations with Donatella. Should I come out of the closet? Because my business is going public. He was terrified that by not being able to be himself he would be discriminated against and lose everything. That was also the period of don’t ask, don’t tell, which we dive into.  The reason why it’s such an interesting American crime is because Gianni Versace was only killed because of homophobia. Andrew Cunanan killed and targeted people who were gay or who were in the closet. And his murders tend to out them. There was a gentleman who was in his 70’s named Lee Miglin who was one of the early victims, whose family was so upset and terrified of his personal life coming out that they just sort of said, motive unknown. And the police didn’t pursue it. And by the time Cunanan got to Miami, the police officers in town had thousands of wanted posters in the trunks of the cars that they would not put up because they would not go to gay bars. They just wouldn’t do it. So we’re delving with all this very dark period of American society that is obviously personal to me, and very upsetting.


About Andrew Cunanan:

Ryan Murphy wrote:
Cunanan as Character


RM: We had the book that we optioned, “Vulgar Favors.” The thing about Cunanan was a mystery in many ways. The things that I was fascinated about is the creator-destroyer idea of Cunanan and Versace sort of were the same beginning. They came from immigrant families, they wanted to be famous, they wanted to be celebrated and one person did the work and took the risk, which was Versace, and one person didn’t, who was Cunanan.  Cunanan was also a tragic story. He was lied to by his parents, specifically his father, who told them they were incredibly wealthy, almost royalty in the Philippines. And in his teenage years he discovered that his father had been lying the entire time. He was treated like a celebrity in his own family. When he was very young his parents gave him the master suite. So he sort of grew up with this kingly idea of who he was and who he could be. And then it was all taken away and he was shattered by it. And he had real psychological difficulties dealing with. There was also what we could never verify or prove, sexual abuse in his family. So he was also a very tragic figure and wanted fame and fortune so desperately that what happened with him was when he killed someone, the first victim, that probably was in a fit of pique and rage, he decided well, I’m going to go to jail, I’m going to be destroyed, so I want to be famous so I’m going to move towards that. And in taking the life of the famous person became his fame which is also a very American story that we see time and time again, that’s gotten progressively worse with social media over the years and threats and violence.  When you have somebody like Cunanan, who is thought of in many circles as a monster, and the person that took away Gianni Versace from us, you also have to with the actor say, well let’s talk about his childhood. He was a real person. Something along the way made him snap. So we’ve talked a lot about that. And Darren did a lot of research on his own and showed up ready to go.




This sounds so fascinating:

Ryan Murphy wrote:
Actual Filming

Every story has its own organic thing. So for this story we did a really cool thing, we’re starting the story with, the first 15 minutes are music, opera, no dialogue, and it’s Versace restored to health, getting up and starting his day with his staff and then walking to the News Café, intercut with Cunanan stalking him and tracking him.  It starts with his murder. And then what we wanted to do was tell the story backwards. Versace was the last murder but in our show he’s the first. And then we go back in time. We tell the story backwards, ending with the Cunanan figure as a young man and Versace as a young man trying to make a stab of it as a designer.

There’s only violence and murder in the first four or five episodes. And then you really get into the psychological struggle of how does one person become a creator and how does one become a destroyer. And then the last episode is Cunanan on the houseboat making a decision to kill himself before they arrest him.  I’ve never done anything backwards. But I loved the storytelling of it because I think you’ll be so moved because it starts with a violent act and by the time you’ll get to the end you will really realize what Versace had to go through to become Versace and what Cunanan went through to become that killer.



Can't wait to see this show!

BTW, does anyone remember how many episodes are in the series?  Is it eight or nine?

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enews  They say crime doesn’t pay… unless you’re a Hollywood actor.

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Why Ryan Murphy is ruling TV’s True Crime Genre (July 20th, 2017) | Source (Article)

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Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan
The former Glee star donned some killer jorts for his role as Gianni Versace’s killer in the highly anticipated upcoming season of Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story. The 28-year-old killed at least four people before murdering the famed fashion designer in front of his Miami mansion on July 15, 1997. On July 24, 1997, he committed suicide. | Source

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Not exactly about Darren, but I saw this on Twitter and found it interesting: Matt Bomer is going to direct an episode!

In the more immediate horizon is Bomer’s first directing opportunity, with an episode of the upcoming The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story series for Ryan Murphy. source


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Aw, that's so cool!  I'm so glad that Matt Bomer is being given this chance.  I always love when nice things happen to nice people.  :happy face  (Plus, maybe it'll be a reunion for the Anderson bros. :amused )  Thanks for letting us know, Lin.

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Interesting photo.


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Owning this reenactment colors#ACSVersace http://ift.tt/2v7YCmB

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At first I thought that was some sort of composition test photo for the EW cover, but it looks more like they were just hanging out and recreated the picture? Maybe they had to work yesterday and hung out afterwards, I saw another casting call for Italians for today (Sunday).


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It does look like they were recreating that EW photo.  Thanks for the info about the casting calls, Lin.  :happy face



It looks like Darren is entertaining the Versace folks.  I like the caption.  It does seem wherever Darren goes, music follows.   heart   Not sure who is heard laughing and who is sitting next to him. 



Wherever there is Darren Criss, there is music!
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penelopecruzoficial: @darrencriss You are so talented, my friend Cool Pedazo de talentazo!





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Darren Criss on American Crime Story and Third Annual Elsie Fest | Elvis Duran Show 8/3/17

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Darren speaks about Versace in this interview with Elvis Duran.  I think this is a very difficult issue for Darren to discuss, as he promotes Versace.   (It's much easier for the other cast members to discuss, given who they are portraying, versus who Darren is portraying.)   I would avoid the word "fun" (as when talking about real murders and other dark issues.  Also-is it "spree killing," or "killing spree"?)  And I'm trying to follow Darren's advice, trying to keep an open mind when the time comes for me to watch Darren portray Andrew Cunanan, when I get the chance to follow Andrew's life via Darren's acting and via the story written by the show's writers.  But yet, I personally find it hard to accept Darren's assertion that I have more in common with someone like Andrew than not.  It doesn't seem convincing an argument, in my opinion, to say the differences (between Andrew and myself) are big, but "small in number." That numerical differences are small really seems like such a "non-issue," so unimportant when you look at  someone who has taken the lives of others.   It doesn't sit well with me to hear that I have more in common (than not) with someone who has done such things. 

I get what Darren is trying to do, but I just find the part where he talks about the amount of commonalities--and the "small degree" of differences--when comparing myself to the adult Andrew Cunanan, to be rather unconvincing. 

I do feel that what he said about how viewers will be exercising their capacity for empathy, will be challenging themselves in their ability to sympathize with Andrew Cunanan, to be well-said.  I have the philosophy that one must try to exercise compassion, even in difficult cases, even with people who elicit complex and contradictory responses from myself and others.   And I try to place myself in others' shoes, and examine how onerous experiences have shaped an innocent child into adulthood.  So I can accept what Darren is saying about as a viewer, exercising and challenging my ability to sympathize with this man, Andrew Cunanan, as we see him develop and change from a young person to adulthood.

It's harder for me, however, to acknowledge my kinship, my commonalities, with the adult Andrew, given the end result of his actions, because the differences in character choices seem overwhelming to me.  It's one thing to try to  sympathize with  Andrew Cunanan, because of all the harsh  circumstances he struggled with as a young person.  It's another thing to try to see a kind of kinship between myself and the adult Andrew Cunanan.  That seems like it's asking too much of the audience.  I'm probably not explaining myself well. 

I also like the part where Darren stated there will be an attempt to get the audience to ask themselves at what point could this have been me?  That seems much more fair, because then the emphasis is not on asking me to see how similar I am to the adult Cunanan, but instead the emphasis is asking me to see what what similarities I had with the young Cunanan  in his formative years.



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I do love what a wonderful opportunity this role of playing Andrew Cunanan is for Darren!  Very excited for him!  Thank you, Ryan Murphy, for your faith in, and support of, Darren! :love  

In the Elvis Duran interview (see YouTube video above), Darren said this (which I love): heart heart heart

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This is the most exciting thing I've ever gotten to do in my life . . . I've worked my entire life for this moment.

Aw.  heart heart heart



dcriss-archive also seemed to be taken with what Darren said in the Elvis Duran interview:
This is the most exciting thing I’ve ever got to do in my life

Darren on working on ACS Versace [x]
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Darren discusses Versace at Point 5:18 in this Broadway.com interview.  Paul Wontorek is so sweet.  Paul said he was so excited for Darren that Darren was being given this opportunity to do something so different.

The Broadway.com Show - 8/4/17: HARRY POTTER, WICKED, DARREN CRISS & More

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In this Broadway.com interview, Darren said:

Darren Criss wrote:
This is the most exhilarating and exciting thing that I've ever gotten to do in my entire career, of my very short career.  I've waited my whole life for this moment.  This to me is like, oh wow, this is like my big break.

Again, awwww.   heart heart heart








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Darren and the cast of American Crime Story Versace on the Italian magazine Chi | X|X


The two tweets that referenced the Italian magazine: 


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This is a very interesting interview of Darren, regarding Andrew Cunanan. 




Track: Darren Criss on Seth Speaks with Seth Rudetsky (August 2017)

Darren Criss on Seth Speaks with Seth Rudetsky on Sirius XM

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I agree with some of what Darren said, and I disagree with some of what he said.  (I still do not agree that it is a convincing statement to say that we have more in common with Cunanan than not--but I can respect that Darren feels that way.)   I think a primary issue that Darren will have to grapple with as he does promotional interviews, is that since Cunanan was a real person, not a fictional character, with real people as his victims, that it is going to require promotional interviews hold a certain level of sensitivity (that wouldn't be so much of an issue if the character who Darren is playing was simply fictional). 


Even though I disagree with some of what Darren stated, I respect his perspective.  As an actor who is portraying Andrew Cunanan, Darren is looking at the situation through the lens of an actor, which is understandable of course.    As he said, I can understand that "acting is an exercise in empathy."  And as Seth said, you have to sympathize with the character who you are playing.   It does sound like Andrew Cunanan is a complex person, as Darren stated, someone who didn't fall in the typical boxes one would expect.  Cunanan was very charismatic and he was popular, well-liked, and yes, loved by some, even many.  Darren said Cunanan was all kinds of things, in terms of possessing extremes.   I do believe that everyone does have a certain level of darkness (although fortunately, only in rare cases does the darkness rise to the level of murdering people), and that life experiences help shape the choices we all make.   I agree with Darren, that when we are looking at the story about an anti-hero, that story-telling can shift the viewer's perspective, can change who the viewer is rooting for and supporting, and can toy with the viewer's sense of what's right and what's wrong.  One example is Dexter, played by Michael C. Hall, a fictional serial killer (although the audience also was able to justify that Dexter killed only the "bad" guys).   My husband was a fan of that TV show.


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   [UHQ] Darren Criss on the set of ‘Versace: American Crime Story’ on August, 3rd, in Los Angeles.

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   [UHQ] Darren Criss on the set of ‘Versace: American Crime Story’ on August, 3rd, in Los Angeles.

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To be honest, I'm not disturbed by Darren's stance on Cunanan. I actually find fashion in the 90's way more confusing :amused

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haha!  Jeremy, thanks for making me laugh.  :amused


 

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Darren Criss, Ricky Martin and Edgar Ramirez will attend the American Crime Story TCA Event tomorrow | Source



I think "TCA" stands for the Television Critics Association.

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Okaaaaay.  Will you share, Joanna (she is a writer with Vanity Fair)?



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@Poppy wrote:Will you share, Joanna ?

She says you're not ready for it.

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Jeremy wrote:She says you're not ready for it.


haha!  But she's so wrong.  I AM ready!   But I'm late to the party, so much info that is sooo positive!  Am so happy to hear the positive press.  :happy face  applause 




Television Critics Association American Crime Story:  Versace (August 9, 2017)







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Jim Colucci's tweet (5th tweet from the top), where he said the scene they saw previewed was "fabulous and gripping."  :happy face


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      The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story - TCA Tweets Masterpost [Part 2]

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Jessica's tweet (3rd from the top):  Darren "is so stellar.  This performance is chilling.  #TCA17."



The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story - TCA Tweets Masterpost [Part 1]

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"Meanwhile, serial killer Andrew Cunanan (played by Darren Criss) sits on the beach with a book featuring Versace on the cover, as he pulls a gun out of his backpack. Struggling with some internal conflict, Cunanan walks into the surf and screams at the sky."

— FX Reveals ‘American Crime Story: Versace’ Opening Scene, Ryan Murphy Dishes on Show’s 'Political Overtones’
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We find out that the show airs in January 2018! Yea!

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I am always so proud of Darren because he consistently treats people with an attention to showing respect of others, as he would like to be treated.  heart heart heart




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@Hanhonymous's tweet (3rd from the top), about Darren thanking the press for coming out for TCA 2017.  :happy face


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So many articles/press coverage.  I will list some here and go back and quote them later. Via dcriss-archive and Darren Criss Army:

http://www.tvguide.com/news/the-assassination-of-gianni-versace-american-crime-story-opening-montage-murder/

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/fien-print/tca-highlights-american-horror-story-trump-john-landgraf-1028428

http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/film-tv/a11664541/american-crime-story-season-2-versace-darren-criss/?src=socialflowTW

http://www.newnownext.com/versace-american-crime-story-tca-homophobia/08/2017/

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/a33dgb/the-assassination-of-gianni-versace-is-already-the-hottest-show-of-2018

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2017/08/10/american-crime-story-track-lives-gianni-versace-his-killer/554872001/

http://www.vulture.com/2017/08/what-we-learned-versace-american-crime-story.html

http://www.etonline.com/tv/223469_fx_reveals_american_crime_story_versace_opening_scene_ryan_murphy_dishes_on_show_political_overtones


http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/american-crime-story-versace-ryan-murphy-spoilers-1202521662/



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Glad to read that Darren is in the opening scene.

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Television Critics Association (TCA 2017).   American Crime Story:  Versace (August 9, 2017)



Yes, it was mentioned in some of the articles I read that in the opening montage, "just as heavily featured [as Edgar Ramirez's Versace] is Darren Criss' Andrew Cunanan . . . "  Source:  TV Guide



The writer mentions Darren's performance in the scene shown is more than "intriguing."  :happy face
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The Assassination of Gianni Versace:  American Crime Story Will Tell the Story Backward

Aug. 9, 2017

Ryan Murphy is a master craftsman of anthology series, and his latest venture, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story appears to be following a great trend. The opening montage of the show was screened for critics at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, and besides being visually stunning, it's also intensely emotional.

"We're telling the story backwards," creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy reveals. "The first episode obviously deals with the literal murder or assassination itself, and then we tell the story in reverse. So we really get into how [Andrew Cunanan] (Darren Criss) had that motive and why he wanted to do what he wanted to do."

As you might have guessed, the opening montage pieces together the last morning of Gianni Versace's (Edgar Ramirez) life, from the moment he wakes up to the moment he's shot in cold blood on his own front steps. Just as heavily featured is Darren Criss' Andrew Cunanan in the hours leading up to the moment he pulls the trigger.

While the series will no doubt focus heavily on Versace and his life, Cunanan's homophobic motives and the killing spree that followed will also be a key component of the story.

"Versace had given an interview with his lover and had chosen to live openly as a gay man and that was part of the reason why he was targeted and killed," executive producer Brad Simpson says. "Andrew Cunanan was a serial killer, who killed other gay men."

Before you jump to conclusions about Cunanan's depiction, however, we should mention Criss revealed that a large part of this character is seeing the good and the bad, since hating him through the entire series would not be a very interesting hook. We'll see him at his best and at his worst, which always creates a more compelling villain.

The why of the murder is intriguing enough (and if Criss' performance in the first few minutes is any indication, intriguing might be an understatement), but perhaps more intriguing is the message about American homophobia in the '90s that will into the depiction of this murder.

"More than why he was killed was why it was allowed to happen," Ryan Murphy says. "The idea was Versace, who was the last victim, really did not have to die... One of the reasons Andrew Cunanan was able to make his way across the country and pick off these victims, many of whom were gay, was because of homophobia at the time. Homophobia particularly in the various police organizations that refused -- in Miami -- to put up wanted posters even though they knew that Andrew Cunanan had probably committed many of these murders and was probably headed that way, all of which we deal with in the show."


In the same avenue that The People v. O.J. Simpson dealt with racial issues in Los Angeles at the time, it appears The Assassination of Gianni Versace will hone in on LGBT issues of the '90s, providing more than a few ripe opportunities for story.


The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story is set to premiere January 2018 on FX.

Link:  http://www.tvguide.com/news/the-assassination-of-gianni-versace-american-crime-story-opening-montage-murder/




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Darren Criss Talks Getting Inside The Mind of Gianni Versace's Killer

August 10, 2017

The opening nine minutes
were shown to reporters at the TCA Press Tour this week, and they are ravishing, exhilarating and deeply stressful, devoting equal time to establishing Gianni Versace (Edgar Ramirez), larger-than-life and seemingly untouchable, and the man who is about to kill him, Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss), shaky and clearly unhinged.

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“Andrew was so many different personalities to so many different people,” Criss told BAZAAR.com, referring to multiple conversation he’s had with people who knew Cunanan. “For me, that makes things a bit easier—we see him at his best, we see him at his worst, we see him at his most charming, we see him at his most hurt. It's been one of the most exhilarating characters that I've spent time with because he is so all over the place, and he's capable of truly great things. My goal is to have people exercise their sense of empathy, because from the get-go we all know that he's capable of something truly horrendous… it’s been a wonderful challenge to find as much humanity as possible.”

The book Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History, by Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth, is the source material for the season. Very little is known about Cunanan beyond what Orth pieced together, but Smith teases out a parallel between Versace and his killer. “We were talking earlier about the similarities between somebody like Gianni and someone like Andrew,” Criss continued. “On paper, you go, that’s insane, you can’t possibly compare the two, and obviously they’re very, very different men. But we try to find common denominators between these two men who had different levels of brilliance that were guided in very, very different ways.”

Per Smith, Cunanan’s story is “much closer to a story of radicalization than a typical serial killer.” Prior to his killing spree in 1997, Cunanan had no criminal record of any kind; instead, “go back a year and he's in a million dollar condo in La Jolla talking about politics or art, and really charming people. How do you get that person in that condo to a person who can brutally kill someone with a hammer?” The series opens with the event we all know about—Versace’s murder on the steps of his Miami home—and then, over the course of ten episodes, deconstructs that event and its backstory through the parallel tangents of victim and killer.


“You’re looking not at someone who is inherently monstrous,” Smith concluded, “but someone who has similarities to Versace from the outset, and the reasons why his footsteps go in one direction and Versace goes in a completely different direction.”


The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story will air in January 2018.
Link:  http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/film-tv/a11664541/american-crime-story-season-2-versace-darren-criss/?src=socialflowTW


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"The Assassination of Gianni Versace; American Crime Story" Will Detail American Homophobia in The '90s

August 10, 2017

“Nobody’s really, sort of, traced the Andrew Cunanan of it all that I think Darren does so brilliantly,” Murphy said. “The pain that he brings to that, and why and answer why did he do it. Was he a madman or was he a victim of the times? And I think the answer is, sort of, both. And both things we examine in the show.”


Criss met with dozens of people who knew Cunanan at different points in his life, all of whom describe him very differently.


“There’s a lot left a lot of blanks to fill in, which has been a very interesting ride,” he explained. “Andrew was so many different personalities to so many different people,” he added. “That makes things a bit easier because we’re not just following what we would assume to be a murderous, horrible person all the time. We see him at his best; we see him at his worst; we see him at his most charming; we see him at his most hurt.”

Screenwriter Tom Rob Smith penned all 10 episodes, largely based on Maureen Orth’s 2000 true crime book Vulgar Favors. He said he wanted to connect any similarities Cunanan and Versace had, like their interest in living large. But of course, Versace’s career provided for him in a way that was out of Cunanan’s grasp.

[. . . ]


Smith said it was important for him to present Cunanan “not just someone who is intrinsically monstrous, but who, has similarities to Versace from the outset” and explore “why his footsteps go in one direction and Versace’s go in a completely different direction.”


But don’t expect the series to be a pity party for Versace’s killer.


“It’s about the choices you make,” said Smith. “We’re tracking those choices and seeing how society impacted them, and how he chose various things and the people around him. You’re taking a murder that we all know… and you’re taking it apart and going back to the very nuts and bolts [of it.]”

For Murphy and the other producers, The Assassination of Gianni Versace is a larger story than just a celebrity murder. It’s about being out of the closet in 1990s America.


“I think it’s more than why [Versace] was killed. It was sort of why it was allowed to happen,” Murphy said. “I think the thing about American Crime Story is that we’re not just doing a crime. We’re trying to sort of talk about a crime within a social idea. Versace, who was the last victim, really did not have to die. Part of the thing that we talk about in the show is one of the reasons Andrew Cunanan was able to make his way across the country and pick off these victims, many of whom were gay, was because of the homophobia at the time.”


He recalled how police in Miami refused to put up wanted posters for Cunanan even though they knew Cunanan was a major suspect and likely headed toward the city. “I thought that that was a really interesting thing to examine,” Murphy added, “particularly with the president we have now and the world that we live in.”
Link:  http://www.newnownext.com/versace-american-crime-story-tca-homophobia/08/2017/





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Ryan Murphy Teases, John Landgraf Presentation Among Press Tour Highlights (and Lowlights) From Day 16

August 10, 2017

Crime panel pays
The last panel of the summer 2017 TCA press tour was for a show that won't premiere until early 2018, but the session for The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story did its job. It took me from disappointed that Murphy and company had postponed a Hurricane Katrina installment to concentrate on something seemingly more sensationalistic to curious at the People v. O.J. Simpson follow-up's approach. "[W]e’re not just doing sort of a crime," Murphy explained. "We’re trying to sort of talk about a crime within a social idea. And this was always interesting to us because the idea was I think that Versace, who was [serial killer Andrew Cunanan's] last victim, you know, really did not have to die. Part of the thing that we talk about in the show is one of the reasons Andrew Cunanan was able to make his way across the country and pick off these victims, many of whom were gay, was because of homophobia at the time. Homophobia, particularly within the various police organizations that refused in Miami to put up “wanted” posters, even though they knew that Andrew Cunanan had probably committed many of these murders and was probably headed that way, all of which we deal with in the show. So I thought that that was a really interesting thing to examine, to look at again, particularly with the president we have and the world that we live in." Over the course of the panel, Murphy and his team did a good job of noting how Gianni Versace would be more expansive than the anthology's first installment in terms of both geography and possibly visual flourishes, while the opening scene showed for reporters was tense and opulent and intriguing. Before, I was skeptical. Now I'm curious. Mission accomplished.   [Our full The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story panel coverage.]
Link:  http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/fien-print/tca-highlights-american-horror-story-trump-john-landgraf-1028428



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Some articles I didn't have time to post earlier:


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'The Assassination of Gianni Versace' to Start with Murder, Tell Story 'Backwards'

August 9, 2017

“We’re telling the story backwards. The first episode deals with the literal murder, or assassination itself, and then we get into how he had that motive and why he wanted to do what he wanted to do,” Murphy says, noting the show will not only focus on the opulent life of Versace himself, but also of the man who took his life, the seemingly destitute but still obsessed with wealth Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss).

“It’s more than why he was killed. It’s why it was allowed to happen,” Murphy says. “We’re not just doing a crime. We’re trying to talk about a crime within a social idea. I think the word assassination has a political overtone, and it denotes somebody taking the life of somebody to make a point, and that’s exactly what Andrew Cunanan did.”

[. . . ]

“The ‘why’ of Cunanan is not something others have explored, but we’re very interested in examining [it].”
To that end, the show is designed as a two-hander for Ramirez and Criss in many ways, showing their similarities (both exhibit elements of brilliance and were capable of great things, but both obviously went in very different directions), as well as showing sides to them about which many did not know.

Link:  http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/american-crime-story-versace-ryan-murphy-spoilers-1202521662/




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Ryan Murphy on Why FX's Gianni Versace 'Crime Story' is important to him.

August 10, 2017

The series opens with a nearly wordless, operatic eight-minute sequence detailing the moments leading to the murder of the fashion designer, who was open about being gay at a time when many prominent gay people weren't. The scene, shown Wednesday to the Television Critics Association, , features lush cinematography and orchestral music and was shot partly in Versace's beautifully appointed home.

The new season, which uses Maureen Orth's book, Vulgar Favors, as its source material, will look backward from the murder to examine the men's lives. It also will will go beyond the crime itself to examine prevailing social attitudes, including homophobia, executive producer Ryan Murphy said.
Link:  https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2017/08/10/american-crime-story-track-lives-gianni-versace-his-killer/554872001/



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The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story: Everything We Know So Far

August 15, 2017

At the risk of hyperbole, we are here to tell you what the hottest new show of 2018 will be. Just as The People vs. O.J. Simpson gripped audiences, critics, and awards bodies alike with its smart, vivid take on the O.J. trial, the second season of Ryan Murphy's American Crime Story anthology series is shaping up to be a ravishing, instantly-addictive blend of high fashion and true crime. Based on the book Vulgar Favors by Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth, the show chronicles the events surrounding the murder of designer Gianni Versace, who was shot dead on the steps of his Miami Beach home in 1997.

The show's producers appeared alongside cast members Edgar Ramirez, Ricky Martin, and Darren Criss—who play Versace, his partner, and his killer, respectively—to take reporters' questions at the TCA Press Tour. Here, 11 things you need to know about The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

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2) The story is told in reverse.

The ravishing, terrifying opening minutes of Episode 1 follows Versace and Cunanan over the course of a couple of hours leading up to the murder, which happens very swiftly. “The first episode deals with the literal murder,” Murphy said, “and then we tell the story in reverse, we get into [Cunanan’s motive], and why he wanted to do this.” The word assassination is chosen very deliberately in the title: “I think the word has a political overtone, and it denotes somebody who is taking the life of somebody else to make a point. That’s exactly what Cunanan was trying to do, and that’s explored in the show.”

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5) The show will draw some unexpected parallels between Versace and Cunanan.

Though everyone at the panel hastened to emphasize their clear differences—one, a celebrated genius who left behind a beautiful artistic legacy, the other a serial killer—the show will tease out similarities between Versace and his murderer. “Cunanan was from relative poverty, but Versace was, too,” said Murphy. “They had lots of similarities, and one went on to become this amazing life force, and one became the opposite, this destructive force. How these two lives collided is essentially the story we're telling.”

Series writer Tom Rob Smith (London Spy) added that Cunanan is an atypical serial killer. “Technically he went on a spree, but if you go back a year from the first crime of most serial killers, they're committing crimes of one description or another: assaults, arson, there are these signals. With Andrew Cunanan, you go back a year and he's in a million‑dollar condo in La Jolla talking about politics or art, and charming people. How do you get that person in that condo to someone who can attack someone with a hammer and brutally kill them?” Cunanan’s story is “closer to one of radicalization than it is a typical serial killer."

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8) Criss worked to bring some humanity to Cunanan.

And that’s clear from the opening ten minutes alone, which depict Cunanan in some severe psychological distress shortly before killing Versace. “Andrew was so many different personalities to so many different people,” Criss told BAZAAR.com, referring to multiple conversation he’s had with people who knew Cunanan. “For me, that makes things a bit easier—we see him at his best, we see him at his worst, we see him at his most charming, we see him at his most hurt. It’s been one of the most exhilarating characters that I’ve spent time with because he is so all over the place, and he’s capable of truly great things. My goal is to have people exercise their sense of empathy, because from the get-go we all know that he’s capable of something truly horrendous… it’s been a wonderful challenge to find as much humanity as possible.” Murphy added that the show explores whether Cunanan was “a mad man, or a victim of the times. I think the answer is, sort of, both.”


Link:  http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/film-tv/a11923089/american-crime-story-2-assassination-gianni-versace-date-cast/



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Poppy, did you read that ? "Terrifying opening minutes" :amused

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Jeremy wrote:Poppy, did you read that ? "Terrifying opening minutes"

Don't remind me, Jeremy!   too scary 

The things I do for Darren!  scared 






Television Critics Association (TCA 2017).   American Crime Story:  Versace (August 9, 2017)







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This is good news for Darren's U.K. fans.  :happy face



Variety wrote:
BBC Acquires 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace' for the U.K.

August 17, 2017

The BBC has acquired FX’s anthology series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” for the U.K. The second season of “American Crime Story” will air on BBC Two in 2018.
Link:  http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/bbc-acquires-assassination-of-gianni-versace-1202530924/









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Here's where you can watch American Crime Story: Versace in the UK

August 18, 2017

Season two of American Crime Story has found a home in the UK.


The Assassination of Gianni Versace, which will tell the true story of the death of legendary fashion designer Gianni who was murdered by Andrew Cunanan on the steps of his home in 1997, will air on BBC Two next year.


Much like it’s spooky counterpart American Horror Story, the show tells a different story with different characters each season – last year’s critically acclaimed debut took on the OJ Simpson murder trial, which is available on Netflix UK.


Edgar Ramirez will play Gianni in the show, and former Glee star Darren Criss will play Andrew. Elsewhere, Ricky Martin will play Gianni’s lover Antonio D’Amico, while Penélope Cruz will take on fashion giant Donatella Versace.


Part of the show has been filmed at the Miami beach mansion Villa Casa Casuarina, where Gianni lived and was killed.


If that all-star cast isn’t enough for you to get excited, perhaps the fact that Ricky filmed his first ever on-screen sex scene for the show might do the trick.


“The exhibitionism kicked in for a moment and all of a sudden I was naked in bed in front of 20 people from the crew and another actor I met that same day,” he said of the scenes. “I was ready to do what needed to be done.”


We have a feeling we’ll be seeing plenty of Darren, too, if this naked selfie he shared during filming is anything to go by…

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