The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story - Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:14 pm
Tonight's the night for those in the U.S. and Canada--the finale for ACS Versace: American Crime Story!
This video is helpful to me, keeping the dates clear.
americancrimestoryfx It’s the night to say goodbye. Every moment has led to the FINALE of #ACSVersace. Tonight at 10p on FX.
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maureen_orth It’s over tonight! But hey! Darren Criss’s remarkable portrayal of Andrew Cunanan in #acsversace will be followed by his adorable fiancée Mia Swier soon opening a piano bar in Hollywood where we can all go sing and surely be able to congratulate Darren on an Emmy winning performance! you guys and whole great cast. #tw #darrencriss #vulgarfavors
I am having difficulty copying the video in this article. Please go to their website to listen to it; Ricky says some very touching, insightful things about how relevant is this show to the current environment as it affects the LGBTQ community. He also comments on how the show normalizes folks' LGBTQ identity and thus how the show, in some way, is normalizing his own life. The editing is weird, in that the video then switches from the interview with Ricky, to the interview with Darren, but the video does not show the different question asked of Darren. (I imagine the question is how this role is so different from the role of Blaine, to which Darren replies that an actor's job is to act various roles.) Then the interviewer (Kristin Dos Santos?) asks two questions at once. (Why would she do that?). Darren skillfully answers the first question about the homophobia that is being portrayed in the show, by complimenting the writers. Darren then discusses the second question, why his character is difficult to watch, coming from his point of view as the actor who is portraying Andrew Cunanan. (As a viewer, coming the audience's point of view, it's also difficult to watch Andrew in this show because it's hard to see the violent acts that result in the deaths of other characters representing real people who were good human beings.) Uck--the stuff Darren ate was moldy. Hopefully, the crew just simulated mold. Darren looks fine, so I guess he's ok.
E! News wrote:
Ryan Murphy Talks New Show With Ricky Martin, and Why He Can't Care Too Much What Donatella Thinks
Mar. 21, 2018
In an exclusive chat with E! News, Murphy reveals how he knew Darren Criss, as Cunanan, could take the show to the depths it needed, his thoughts on the man behind the monster, Andrew's father, Modesto "Pete" Cunanan, and why he can't concern himself too much with what Donatella might think.
There was some skepticism when Darren Criss was cast as Cunanan that he could pull it off, and the finale feels like his most challenging work yet. Did you initially have any doubts?
I did not. It's something Darren and I have been talking about for a long time and I was never going to make this show unless he did it. The stars aligned and I was proud of him. He showed up every day very prepared. He worked longer and harder than anybody. He sensed this could be really the role of a lifetime because they don't write roles like this for young actors. This part is Shakespearean. It's the most difficult, multi-faceted role of the year. It's essentially nine hours of somebody having a nervous breakdown. He went for it. I knew he would.
The final two episodes shed a lot of light on Andrew Cunanan's relationship with his father. Do you feel like his dad was the real monster behind this tragedy?
In no way did I want to glamorize what Andrew Cunanan did, because what he did was monstrous and horrific and took the lives of five people. I was interested in showing the trail of destruction that he left but also interested in… nobody is born a monster. Nobody is born a psychopath or sociopath and I thought, unlike OJ Simpson, where we never really went into OJ's backstory or childhood in that way, here was an opportunity that we could.
And I thought that Andrew's father being a Filipino man and chasing the American dream and having to win at all costs – were things that he passed down to his son. And I think the physical abuse, the sexual abuse, that Andrew witnessed his father hitting his mother repeatedly, the violence that he grew up with, he became desensitized to it and that was all in the water and part of the reason why he was able to kill so easily and with very little remorse.
What is known about whether Andrew was physically or sexually abused by his father? The show strongly infers it, but doesn't actually go there.
It's hard because it's hard to substantiate that. We had people discussing his childhood, who claimed in Maureen Orth's book that, look, any boy that's given the master bedroom…you have have to question what those motivations are about. But obviously, we had a point of view, and Maureen Orth had a point of view, and eye witnesses and people who knew Andrew. But everybody was a victim in it. It's such a dark, American story about identity and the quest for fame and all of that stuff, which are issues that I've always been interested in.
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Spoiler alert, and it's a small thing, but … Did Darren Criss really eat dog food for the scene in tonight's finale?
Andrew Cunanan definitely ate dog food. Darren did not eat dog food, although I don't know what that stuff was, but whenever I would watch the edits, it would make me gag. It was wet and moldy. I wouldn't recommend it.
The finale of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story airs tonight, 10 p.m. on FX.
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ET Canada wrote:
Stars Talk ‘ACS: Assassination Of Gianni Versace’ Finale
“American Crime Story: Assassination of Gianni Versace” stars Ricky Martin, Edgar Ramirez and Darren Criss talk about the final episode of the show and why they hope the show will spark a conversation about ongoing homophobia in America.
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Darren Criss Army suggesting we tweet our thanks to the ACS Versace team.
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