The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story - Wed May 02, 2018 1:26 am
A conversation with Ryan Murphy
Ryan Murphy, Wendy Williams, Mindhunter, The Bold Type, and More Join Vulture Festival Lineup
May 1, 2018
SUNDAY, MAY 20
8 p.m. to 9 p.m.: RYAN MURPHY: IN CONVERSATION
Four-time Emmy-winning super-producer Ryan Murphy makes his Vulture Festival debut in a wide-ranging conversation with New York and Vulture Hollywood editor Stacey Wilson Hunt about his juggernaut TV career — he recently inked a history-making $300 million deal with Netflix — his provocative 2018 Emmy-contending limited series The Assassination of Gianni Versace and his Half Foundation initiative, which offers jobs, mentorships, and scholarships to women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community. Murphy will also offer fans an exclusive look inside his groundbreaking forthcoming dance-musical drama Pose — set against New York’s 1980’s ballroom culture, it boasts the largest cast of transgender series regulars of any scripted series ever produced— which premieres June 3 on FX. Milk Studios (450 West 15th Street). Tickets $25 (includes complimentary access to the Vulture Lounge following the event).
Some pics of Jon Jon at the East West Players event where Jon Jon was honored. With his own daughter (Isa Briones) and his Versace son, Carlin James.
@carlinjames: Also, from last night’s EWP Gala. It was so, so good to reunite with one half of my @ACSFX fam. Definitely missing the other half
#EastWestPlayers #VisionaryAwards #Grateful #Actor #CunananFamily #ActorsLife #JonJonBriones #IsaBriones #FX #FilAms #ACSVersace
Inspiring words from Jon Jon. (Side note: I was listening to NPR in the car, and I listened to an interview with author Alex Wagner about her book, Futureface, and I thought of Darren. Alex is mixed race: Irish on her father's side and Burmese on her mother's side. The phrase, "future face" refers to a cover of Time Magazine, about the face of the future America as a multi-cultural society.)
I can't seem to copy this video, but I wanted to include the message by Twin Stalk Theatre about Jon Jon Briones.
twinstalktheatre: @jonjonbriones getting a visionary award at #ewpgala52 This guy is Amazing! An immigrant. A new American. A Broadway star! And the nicest guy backstage. Thank you! @eastwestplayers#twinstalktheatre
angryasianman: The incredible Jon Jon Briones accepts the Visionary Award from East West Players. #ewpgala
eastwestplayers: The #CunananFamily of FX’s AMERICAN CRIME STORY: THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE make a red carpet appearance with tonight’s EWP Visionary Award Honoree Jon Jon Briones, Ovation Award winner Isa Briones, and Carlin James. #ewpgala52#eastwestplayers
It's too bad Darren wasn't able to attend this event honoring Jon Jon Briones, recipient of the East West Players' Visionary Award. The East West Players "is the nation's longest-running professional theater of color and the largest producing organization of Asian American artistic work." One of their goals is to support and provide opportunities to Asian-American artists, and to bring visibility to projects about Asian-American experiences. They are very well-respected. One of the projects that East West Players is doing this season in partnership with the Ahmanson Theatre is David Henry Hwang's Soft Power, starring Conrad Ricamora (who coincidentally sort of looks like Andrew Cunanan ).
pacificrimvideo: The #cunananfamily of @ahsfx back together sans #andrewcunanan at the @eastwestplayers 52nd Visionary Awards honoring @jonjonbriones
With Jon Jon's family.
Megan Johnson Briones and actors Isa Briones, Jon Jon Briones and Teo Briones arrive at the East West Players “The Company We Keep” 52nd Anniversary Visionary Awards Fundraiser Dinner and Silent Auction at the Hilton Universal City on April 30, 2018 in Universal City, California.
With Yong Chavez.
@yongchavezLA: @JonJonBriones So proud of you, kapatid!
Nice article featuring Cody Fern in the Los Angeles Times.
Los Angeles Times wrote:
Cody Fern plays the most involving victim in 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace'
May 01, 2018
Cody Fern, by most measures, was the least recognizable name attached to Ryan Murphy’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
The 30-year-old Australian actor had few credits to his name and prior to scooping up the role, had gone to London to work on a feature film that he was writing and directing as a means of taking control of his career.
“I really did not want to play the boy next door … it’s just not me,” Fern said when he stopped by the L.A. Times video studio this week.
Then came the audition that would put him in the company of Darren Criss, Edgar Ramirez, Penelope Cruz and Ricky Martin in a saga that explored the 1997 murder of the famed fashion designer — as well as the less-publicized murders that came before him — by serial killer Andrew Cunanan. For followers of the show, Fern would emerge with a noteworthy performance with his portrayal of little-known David Madson, Cunanan’s good friend who ultimately became one of his murder victims.
In keeping with the show’s reversed timeline narrative, viewers are introduced to Fern’s David with his harrowing last encounters with Cunanan, as explored in Episode 4, titled “House by the Lake.”
The episode opens with Madson bearing witness to the brutal murder of Jeff Trail, a friend Madson shared with Cunanan. As the episode progresses, Madson is essentially forced into fleeing the scene with Cunanan. At one point, they end up at a roadside bar and there’s a moment where Madson could try to escape from a bathroom window. But he doesn’t. And, ultimately, he ends up as Cunanan’s next victim. Much of the timeline is a theorization of events given that Madson and Cunanan did not live to tell the story.
“There is this element of stitching together what has happened in this time — that this man is murdered in [Madson’s] apartment and he’s seemingly involved in the police’s mind and then he ends up dead,” Fern said. “The core question, for me [as] David in this series, is ‘Why doesn’t he run when he smashes the window? Why doesn’t he go?’ … I will say this much: There is, throughout 'House by the Lake,’ the feeling of David looking back and assessing his life and all of the choices that he’s made, all of the hiding that he’s done, all of the repression he’s been through. … I think he’s starting to become aware of the fact that he’s spent a great deal of his life in hiding. Not being who he truly is. In that moment, David understands that even if he runs from this thing, where is he going to go?”