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So many supportive words from friends and peers and others.  I'll post some of them.  heart

Note:  I added more messages of congratulations today (Friday, July 13). 



rockerrick: Wow. Congrats to @darrencriss and the rest of the @americancrimestoryfx team and cast on 18 Emmy nominations

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Aw, I knew Max and Joaquin would be sending their support.  :happy face  So nice of Lea and Michael Hitchcock as well  (haha.  But I was waiting for a funny congrats from Michael Hitchcock).
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Added Harry Shum's and John Stamos's messages:  :happy face

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Such nice messages from Curt Mega, fellow Warbler.  :happy face
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Aw, Ashley.  :happy face
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ashleypweston: #TBT to when we were last in Milan  heart CONGRATS on your EMMY NOM, #DarrenCriss!! What a wild 8 year journey we’ve been on together - I couldn’t be more proud & excited for you! SO WELL DESERVED  Let's clap Let's clap Love you tons!! #Emmys2018 #ACSVersace













Aw, look, Alex from DCN also posted his sweet congrats!  I love Alex!











Aw, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Gaten Matarazzo.  :happy face
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latimes_entertainment: Swipe for some of this year’s first-time Emmy nominees! #Emmys









Aw, some more nice messages.  Nice of Mandy Moore (wish she was nominated too).
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Craig Zadan.  :happy face
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alysiareiner: OMG CONGRATS @pamelaadlon @betterthingsfx @televisionacad #emmy nom!! And @darrencriss too!! You are genius talent beloved humans. A million hugs & kisses of congrats.From now on will only call you Pammy #likeaboss Adlon.









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umichtheatre: Alumni News | Congratulations to #umichacting alum Darren Criss on his Emmy Nomination for best “Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie” as Andrew Cunanan in ”The Assassination of Gianni Versace”!!! We are so proud of you Darren!!! #GoBlue #UmichTheatre #EmmyAwards #DarrenCriss #AmericanCrimeStory @umichsmtd @umicharts









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tedsun77: #Emmy #nomination !!! @darrencriss #leadactor @americancrimestoryfx #assassinationofgianniversace #nominee #limitedseries #actor #portrait #congrats #darrencriss #tedsunphoto  @tedsun77 #stylist @ashleypweston #grooming @louiferry










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baeblemusic: In honor of @darrencriss being nominated for an #Emmy, watch our session with his musical project, @weplaycomputers! Link in bio 

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ecarenphoto: Congratulations @darrencriss on your Emmy Nomination for Best Actor for your extraordinary performance in American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace! #outtake of our #photoshoot for @thewrap #creativedirector @guerin_ad .









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variety: Check out the new kids on the #Emmy block! Congratulations to this year’s first-time nominees. To see the full list, click the link in bio.









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roguemagazine: In honor of @darrencriss being nominated for the Best Actor Emmy today, here’s an unreleased shot from his feature for @roguemagazine’s Summer Issue N°9, link in bio.  Photography by @josephsinclair  Styling by @krishanparmar_  Hair by @naradkutowaroo  Makeup by @laurengriffinmua  Written by @jackiefern #darrencriss #assasinationofgianniversace #americancrimestory #versace

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: D A R R E N @darrencriss for @roguemagazine Such a fun day with this hero! Congratulations on the nomination for best actor!#photographer @josephsinclair #styling @krishanparmar_ #mua @laurengriffinmua #hair by me using @unite_hair @go247 #darrencriss #theassassinationofgianniversace #glee #singer #actor #magazine #americancrimestory #london #east #bestactor #emmys










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What is happening in my country right now, with these innocent children--who are just so young and so vulnerable, whose only "crime" is to place their trust in their parents' desire to protect them by fleeing from horrifying violence in their native country to try to apply for asylum in the U.S.--it is just so heartbreaking.  It is unbelievable to me that there are people in my country who actually support Trump's deplorable, cruel decision to separate children and babies from their parents.  

What has happened to compassion for our fellow human being?  These are people with so little, with very little rights, with nothing but each other.  And our government takes them away from each other?!!

It seems to me that these "Americans" who support Trump's inhumane persecution of these babies and children and their parents, are not seeing these children and their parents as people; Trump and his followers are dehumanizing these children and their parents, seeing them as a type of pests that they find threatening.

This is exactly why representation matters.  This is why it's absolutely critical that minorities--whether those in the immigrant community, those in the LGBTQ community, in racial and religious minorities, those with disabilities, women--need to be present and represented.  They is why persons in minority communities need to have their faces seen and have their voices heard:  To show their humanity matters, to show that they-- as human beings-- matter and must be valued as much as those in the majority. 

Why am I talking about this in this thread and not in the thread for news?  Because it's all linked.  It's all related.  This is the same overriding message of this show.  In ACS Versace, the way law enforcement and others regarded gay men in the 1980s in the U.S., with fear, with a lack of understanding and a lack of caring, it's all tragically present in many ways today.  And most horrifying is that these misguided, hateful attitudes are present both at the highest levels of government, by our own President, and among his followers.   So I want to say, in this thread, where ACS Versace is discussed, that I am thankful to Ryan Murphy for creating a show that brings up this discussion, that shines a spotlight on how tragic is the human toll of hate and intolerance of our fellow human beings.   And thank you, Darren, for being an actor who supports representation of minority communities.  I cannot express how much that is needed.  All one needs to do is look at what is happening to these precious children to know how vital it is to show that we must continue to spread the message over and over again, that we all belong, that we all matter, please see us, please hear us, please do not hate us, please value us.

Ok, I'm falling off my soapbox now.  :angry soapbox

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latimesent: “People always ask, ‘What’s it’s like to play a spree killer?’ If you boil it down to just that, that’s not who he was. It’s what we know him for.“ - @DarrenCriss on playing #ACSVersace’s real-life murderer lat.ms/2tm9L01









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L.A. Times.  :happy face
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[UHQ] Darren Criss, Judith Light, Edgar Ramirez and Ricky Martin in the June 21st issue of the Los Angeles Times









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Darren's secret weapon are his expressive eyes.
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Actor Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” Photographed by Elisabeth Caren for TheWrap | Source









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‘Assassination of Gianni Versace’ delves into the mind of a killer — and societal prejudice | 20 June 2018










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kmannmakeup: #bts with @darrencriss@edgarramirez25 @judithlight for @thewrap magazine  #darrencriss #styling @ashleypweston #grooming by me #kindramannmakeup @tmgla  #edgarramirez #grooming @sascha_breuer  #judithlight #makeup @jamiemakeup #hair @lightaaron









I earlier had posted in this thread, the audio for this podcast about actors who Ryan Murphy likes to work with on his projects.  Here is their Consequence of Sound website you can go to, where it's easier to locate the point where they discuss Darren (although if you have time, it's fun to hear their thoughts on the other various actors Ryan likes to work with).  Go to Point 1:13:50.  Link:  https://consequenceofsound.net/2018/06/tv-party-rank-and-file-ryan-murphys-most-valuable-players/








And this is a nice article on this same website.  Best quote:  "He has such an open face and it's such a deep well of emotion in those eyes.  But he also can deaden them [Darren's eyes] when he needs to."  Also love her comment on his physicality, in terms of the different ways Darren moved as Andrew Cunanan, sometimes a strut, sometimes a glide, sometimes like a shark, sometimes like a cat.  :happy face
Consequence of Sound wrote:
Assassination of Gianni Versace Proves Two Things: Darren Criss Is a Star, and Ryan Murphy Can Pick ‘Em

January 18, 2018

But now hear this: It can never be said that Ryan Murphy’s loyalty to actors, and theirs to him, has not paid dividends. . .

Now it’s going to make a star of Darren Criss, and Darren Criss in turn makes The Assassination of Gianni Versace a piece of can’t-miss television. His isn’t the only great performance in the second go-round of American Crime Story, but it’s the best and also the most surprising. It’s well past time to call it like it is: Ryan Murphy’s single greatest strength as an artist is his work with actors. He can spot them, nurture great performances from them, earn and retain their loyalty, and identify precisely when to throw them into the role most likely to show them at their best. He did it with Lange. He did it with Paulson. And now, he’s doing it with Blaine the Warbler from Glee.

Like most of Murphy’s recent work, The Assassination of Gianni Versace is every inch an ensemble piece, but only the second season of American Horror Story rivals this outing for the sheer, magnetic pull of one character and performance. Criss’ work as spree killer Andrew Cunanan is so good that it’s perhaps fairest to talk about literally everything else first.

As the Versace siblings, Edgar Ramírez and Penélope Cruz sit on either side of a seesaw so that when one is volatile, the other is vulnerable; when one is triumphant, the other recedes. They’re both excellent, equal parts charismatic and fragile. In the eight episodes provided to critics, Judith Light only seizes the spotlight once, but in that episode, which centers on Marilyn and Lee Miglin, she’s predictably terrific; newcomer Cody Fern is similarly great and with a heavier load. The writing, primarily by Tom Rob Smith (from Maureen Orth’s book Vulgar Favors), doesn’t dazzle in quite the way that the previous American Crime Story did, but the highs are every bit as high. It’s beautifully shot, tensely edited, and cleverly structured.

It is, in short, a good show, but it centers on a great performance. The show begins with Andrew Cunanan’s murder of Gianni Versace and slowly moves backwards, first tracing the path Cunanan took to Miami Beach and the lives he took along the way, then going back further to look at the young man who became a killer and the boy who became that young man. As a result, we see his lies get better, which get borrowed from someone else, and which turn out to be at least a little bit true. We watch his detachment dwindle. We watch as he checks off, like items on a grocery list, the personas he rattles off in this unsettling little speech from an early episode in the series:

“I’m a banker. I’m a stockbroker. I’m a shareholder, I’m a paperback writer, I’m a cop. I’m a naval officer. Sometimes I’m a spy! I build movie sets in Mexico and skyscrapers in Chicago, I sell propane in Minneapolis. I import pineapples from the Philippines. You know, I’m the person least likely to be forgotten.”

Then the screen cuts to black, and he adds one more to that laundry list: “I’m Andrew Cunanan.”

It’s one of the most chilling, upsetting line-readings in recent memory.
Three words uttered in darkness, somehow hugely loaded. They’re truthful and ring with that truthfulness; they’re laced with something that sounds like pride and defiance, but they also hint at something more like despair and defensiveness. That’s in three words. And if that sounds impressive, just wait until you see the terrifying way he eats a ham sandwich.

Criss has always been watchable. In his first appearance on Glee, he played a teenage dream who literally sang “Teenage Dream”, and while it’s not a performance you’d call particularly nuanced, it’s evident immediately that this is a performer with vats of charisma at his disposal. What’s so thrilling about his American Crime Story performance is how much more there is going on and how he wields that charisma like a knife. You get the sense that Criss knows exactly when he wants the audience to believe Cunanan and when he doesn’t — when the lies should be convincing and when they shouldn’t. Sometimes, all that charm emanates from him like body heat, something natural and unconscious, but at others it’s obviously tactical, weaponized, hollow. Cunanan has control at some points and not at others, but Criss knows exactly what he’s doing.

When Murphy first cast the largely unknown Criss in Glee, did he know he’d be making him a series regular? Probably not. He certainly didn’t know he’d be putting him at the center of one of 2018’s most exciting television shows and would have had no way of predicting that the result would be a performance that’s sure to be among the best of this or any other year. But what’s almost certain is that Murphy did what he seems to always do: he found an actor he thinks is good, so he made sure to give that actor work. The work was good, so he got more work. And now, this.

There are many reasons to tune into American Crime Story over the next several months — great acting, good writing, terrific production design, and editing as taut as the best horror movie among them — but the lynchpin is Criss’ performance. It’s one more piece of evidence that sometimes loyalty pays off, not in dollars or trophies, but in remarkable art. Ryan Murphy believes in Darren Criss. Darren Criss did not disappoint him. Television is all the better for it.

Source:  https://consequenceofsound.net/2018/01/assassination-of-gianni-versace-proves-two-things-darren-criss-is-a-star-and-ryan-murphy-can-pick-em/





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Look at those eyes.  Sheer intensity.  Scary.  Cold.  Can you imagine if you were eating at a restaurant and your eyes meet these eyes?  A chill would go down your spine!  wha?
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Haven't had a chance to listen to all of this yet.

acsversace-news:
Jonathan Groff, Angela Bassett, Maggie Gyllenhaal, David Harbour, Mandy Moore and Darren Criss on their latest roles
Jonathan Groff of “Mindhunter,” Angela Bassett of “9-1-1,” Maggie Gyllenhaal of “The Deuce,” David Harbour of “Stranger Things,” Mandy Moore of “This Is Us” and Darren Criss of “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” discuss their roles on the television drama series. | 6 June 2018

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Jonathan Groff, Angela Bassett, Maggie Gyllenhaal, David Harbour, Mandy Moore and Darren Criss on their latest roles

June 6, 2018

Jonathan Groff of "Mindhunter," Angela Bassett of "9-1-1," Maggie Gyllenhaal of "The Deuce," David Harbour of "Stranger Things," Mandy Moore of "This Is Us" and Darren Criss of "The Assassination of Gianni Versace" discuss their roles on the television drama series.

Source:  https://www.msn.com/en-ie/news/video/jonathan-groff-angela-bassett-maggie-gyllenhaal-david-harbour-mandy-moore-and-darren-criss-on-their-latest-roles/vp-AAyiSfd

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May 31, 2018 - Issue 19A - Emmys - TV Movies, Limited Series, Docs

Emmys Special - TV Movies, Limited Series, Documentaries

Peak TV’s Race for Maximum Buzz - With hundreds of shows vying for votes, networks and streamers are turning to bigger stunts in hopes of catching voters’ attention.












Emmy Magazine: Under the Cover with American Crime Story









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The Assassination of Gianni Versace FYC ad in the June 4, 2018 issue of The Hollywood Reporter









Gold Derby wrote:
Emmy race for Limited Series is a 3-way race, according to Editors: ‘Versace’ vs. ‘Godless’ vs. ‘The Looming Tower’

June 6, 2018

. . . There doesn’t seem to be as decisive a favorite in the 2018 race — at least, not according to our Editors who cover awards year-round for Gold Derby. There are only three programs they all agree will be nominated: “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” “Godless” and “The Looming Tower.” But they don’t agree on which will win.

As of this writing “Versace” is the front-runner to win with 9/5 odds based on the combined predictions of more than 2,000 Gold Derby users. That includes support from four out of eight Editors: Joyce Eng, Marcus James Dixon, Tom O’Neil and myself. “Versace” is the second season in FX’s true-crime anthology series “American Crime Story” that began in 2016 with “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” which swept the Emmys that year, including Best Limited Series. So the academy has already shown their fondness for the show. It stands to reason voters would rally around producer Ryan Murphy again, right?

[ . . . ]

So do you agree with our Editors that this is a three-way race?


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The cast of The Assassination of Gianni Versace featured in the May 2018 issue of Emmy Magazine (part 1)









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The Assassination of Gianni Versace FYC ads in the May 31, 2018 issue of The Hollywood Reporter











The Hollywood Reporter wrote:
Feinberg Forecast: T-Minus One Week Until Nomination Voting

6/5/2018

The charts below reflect how THR’s awards columnist Scott Feinberg believes the Emmy standings would look if voting for the 2018 race ended today. (Work released between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018 is eligible.) These projections are formulated using a combination of personal impressions (from sampling many programs), historical considerations (how shows with similar pedigrees have resonated), precursor awards (some groups have historically correlated with the TV Academy more than others) and consultations with industry insiders (including voters, content creators, awards strategists and fellow members of the press).

Best Limited Series

FRONTRUNNERS


The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
(FX)

The Looming Tower (Hulu)
Godless (Netflix)
Patrick Melrose (Showtime)
Genius (National Geographic)

Best Actor in a Limited Series or a Television Movie

FRONTRUNNERS


Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)

John Legend (Jesus Christ Superstar)
Al Pacino (Paterno)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Patrick Melrose) — podcast
Jeff Daniels (The Looming Tower) — podcast
Antonio Banderas (Genius: Picasso)

Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Television Movie

FRONTRUNNERS


Jeff Daniels (Godless) — podcast
Brandon Victor Dixon (Jesus Christ Superstar)
Edgar Ramirez (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
Tahar Rahim (The Looming Tower)
Peter Sarsgaard (The Looming Tower)
Bill Camp (The Looming Tower)

MAJOR THREATS

Ricky Martin (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)

Sam Waterston (Godless)
Scoot McNairy (Godless)
Bill Pullman (The Sinner)
Alex Rich (Genius: Picasso)
Michael Shannon (Fahrenheit 451) — podcast
Hugo Weaving (Patrick Melrose)

POSSIBILITIES

Cody Fern (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)

Beau Bridges (Mosaic)
Alice Cooper (Jesus Christ Superstar)
Dylan Baker (Little Women)
Robert Forster (Twin Peaks)
Jason Ritter (The Tale)

Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Television Movie

FRONTRUNNERS

Merritt Wever (Godless)
Nicole Kidman (Top of the Lake: China Girl) — podcast
Penelope Cruz (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
Judith Light (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)

Angela Lansbury (Little Women)
Ellen Burstyn (The Tale)


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Tom Rob Smith on Darren Criss, in the new issue of Emmy Magazine.











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This article give a lot of insight into the casting of Darren as Andrew Cunanan.  I love Tom Rob Smith's quote about Darren, "“I think Darren has a strange mix of charm and vulnerability as well as danger. . . And that, I think, was the key to Cunanan."   (I completely agree with this statement, although I'm guessing some fans will dispute the element of danger that Tom Rob Smith associates with Darren.  I personally feel it's Darren's intensity that causes him to so effectively convey darkness, unpredictability, and dangerousness.)  Also, this article contains more details about the reaction of the network when Ryan Murphy told them he wanted to cast Darren as Andrew Cunanan, in terms of some blank stares that Ryan saw, but that Ryan's commitment and faith in Darren essentially gave the network no choice.  I felt so touched that Ryan put everything on the line, because of his faith in Darren, and how as Darren said, three years after first discussing the project with him, Ryan kept his promise to Darren.   :cry   I had read that Ryan has a lot of loyalty, but this really drove that home.  And lastly, I deeply appreciate Ryan's commitment to casting a Filipino actor in the role of Andrew Cunanan.  heart   Representation matters.   heart heart heart

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American Tragedy

May 15, 2018

“One of the great goals in my career is to keep things as versatile as possible and to confuse and to throw people off,” he says. “So, I like it when you have a room full of Sundance people, you know, music folks, music supervisors, filmmakers that are like, ‘Wait, what? He’s a songwriter?’ That really excites me. The same way that, when I was mostly playing music and booked an acting gig, people would be like, ‘What? You’re an actor?’”

Unlike his famous costars, who have toplined studio movies (Ramírez), won an Oscar (Cruz) and enjoyed huge musical success (Martin), Criss has been waiting for his breakout.

Spending time with the San Francisco native, one can easily spot some similarities with Cunanan — a man who, with a slightly different nudge to his trajectory, might have become a brash social-media personality. Criss oozes charm and willingness to entertain. During this interview, he quickly turns the tables and pretends he is the one asking the questions, complete with an exaggerated news-anchor voice.

It’s all part of what Criss brings to the table, according to Murphy, be it for a role or an everyday interaction. “He’s a great performer and kind of a showman,” Murphy says.

Criss, who hasn’t seen the final three episodes at this point, then drops the façade and admits he is nervous about how his performance will be received. The series has just begun airing. Appropriately, Criss is wearing a maroon sweater emblazoned with cheerleaders spelling out the word H-E-L-P. “I just hope to be cool enough to have a movie at Sundance someday,” he says.

Considering that such a prospect seems well within the realm of possibility, it’s unclear if he’s joking or feeling a genuine twinge of career apprehension.

“I think Darren has a strange mix of charm and vulnerability as well as danger,” says Tom Rob Smith, the British novelist who wrote all nine hours of Versace. “And that, I think, was the key to Cunanan.”

In March 2015, the final season of Glee had recently wrapped and Murphy was in preproduction on The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. But he was already thinking ahead when he ran into Criss on the New Orleans set of Scream Queens. Criss was traveling with Swier, who directs and produces promotional content and campaigns for Fox series, including Murphy's Scream Queens.

Criss, about to star in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway, was looking to line up his next gig. He pitched himself to Murphy as “a wily bellhop to come in and cause shenanigans around the hotel” for American Horror Story. Murphy interrupted the pitch with a dismissive “No” — but only because he had a better idea.

“He said, ‘We’re doing this anthology, American Crime Story, and we’re thinking about the Andrew Cunanan story. How much do you know about him?’” Criss recalls. “I didn’t know anything.”

He only vaguely remembered Cunanan because they shared a half-Filipino ancestry. But other than that, he could only recall that Cunanan had killed Versace — nothing about the four other victims or the high-profile manhunt or his suicide as the authorities closed in, eight days after his shooting of Versace on the steps of his palatial Miami home. Nevertheless, he felt excited by the prospect of reteaming with Murphy.

“'You’re the one with the keys to this castle, so I’ll wait by the phone until you’re ready to go,’” he told Murphy. “It took three years.”

That’s because a Hurricane Katrina–focused tale was poised to follow O.J. as the second American Crime Story outing. But that series kept hitting script snags and became too sprawling, even for an FX-backed anthology series. “Ultimately, I decided this is not the right way to tell the story. The story is too big,” Murphy says of shelving the Katrina project. “The episodes became so expensive that we could not produce them.”

Just as that decision was being made, Smith delivered three Versace scripts — based on Maureen Orth’s 1999 book, Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History — that blew Murphy away. In many ways, they offered “something that was the opposite of O.J.,” he says.

With Cunanan, he got just that — a killer unknown to the general public until he took down a world-famous fashion designer. By contrast, Simpson was already one of the most recognizable names and faces in the world before he was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in the so-called trial of the century.

Aptly, Cunanan proved to be a Zelig-type character in the southern California gay community. Everyone seemed to have crossed paths with him or knew someone who had.

“I also had a visceral personal connection to that Cunanan story when it was happening,” Murphy says. “I was living in Los Angeles then, and I had friends who knew him. So, there was a personal thing there for me with that story.”

By the end of 2016, FX was thrilled by the scripts coming in, so it committed to shooting Versace in 2017. And Murphy could already count on Criss, who, he says, was “the only person in the world who could play Andrew Cunanan effectively.”

Coincidentally, Criss was once again starring in Hedwig — this time in San Francisco — when he saw an online news story that Versace was a go, instead of Katrina. He texted Murphy immediately to make sure their conversation in New Orleans still held true.

“He was a man of his word,” Criss says. “I ran out of words to express my thanks for his belief in me. If he hadn’t gone through with this, that would’ve been fine — I wouldn’t have held it against him. But he really did what he said he was going to do. And so here we are.”

Murphy didn’t exactly meet resistance when he first floated Criss’s name. But, initially, there were some blank stares. However, the über-producer was emphatic. “If Darren didn’t play this part, then we weren’t going to make it,” he says. “When you lead with that kind of passion to a network or a studio or other producers, they sit up a little straighter, and they’re like, ‘Oh, okay.’”

Coming in, Criss wasn’t a name actor like Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr., who’d portrayed Simpson. Playing in Criss’s favor was his ethnicity — half Filipino from his mother’s side (unlike Cunanan, whose father hailed from Manila). Hollywood has taken a PR drubbing for casting white actors and actresses in roles that called for Asians (think Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell). No one involved with Versace wanted to court the inevitable Care2 petition.

“I thought it was completely necessary [to cast a Filipino actor],” Murphy says
. “I didn’t want to whitewash that part. I had been obsessed with the Cunanan and Versace story for years and years and years. And I remember, when I first cast Darren on Glee back in 2010, just filing it in the back of my head. Like, ‘Well, there’s your Cunanan.’”

More important, he was convinced that Criss could pull off the gravitas of a killer.

“Darren had been typecast before as this good-time Charlie song-and- dance guy,” Murphy adds. “But I always thought, having seen him do Hedwig on Broadway, that there was a darkness in Darren that I knew he was wanting to show. As somebody who supervised the editing of all of the episodes, it was almost always Darren’s first take that we used. He was just plugged into the experience of ‘I’m going to go for it.’”



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Deadline wrote:
‘The Assassination Of Gianni Versace’s Darren Criss Searches For Humanity In Killer Andrew Cunanan

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May 16, 2018

Perhaps surprisingly, preparing for the role of notorious real-life Gianni Versace killer Andrew Cunanan in FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story wasn’t such a terrifying leap for Darren Criss, despite his upbeat musical theater background. Formerly best known for his work on Ryan Murphy’s Glee, Criss embraced this new, dark role, which not only brought him back into the Murphy fold, but gave him the chance to showcase his impressive acting chops.

“Are you kidding me? This is the role of a lifetime,” Criss says of the challenge. “People wait their entire careers for something this juicy to come along. I’m thrilled to be here.”

Criss’s talents are undeniably far-reaching; he sings, dances, composes, writes scripts and plays piano, guitar, harmonica, mandolin and violin. He’s also passionate about literature, and, it seems, something of a poetic romantic, as he recalls Anne Bancroft talking about the sound of her husband Mel Brooks coming home. “I want to get this right,” he says, visibly concentrating. “Bancroft said, ‘I get excited when I hear his key in the door because I think, Oh, now the party’s going to start.’ Can you imagine feeling that way about someone? I even put it in a song I wrote.”

Cunanan was incredibly astute, clever and crafty. A fabulist, he reportedly stayed awake for days, teaching himself about opera and fashion, and building entirely new backstories for himself. He’d tailor himself to what he believed people wanted to hear, and craft wildly intricate lies to order; a methodology which, to some extent, won him popularity. Friends who grew up with Cunanan and attended the Bishop’s School in a tony part of La Jolla reportedly said that he was a likeable character, voted ‘least likely to be forgotten’ by his senior class.

But while Cunanan was obviously an out-of-control sycophant, Criss managed to find a way to relate to him, however distantly. “I’m totally a people pleaser,” he says. “I’m not really sure why. It could be that I’m a baby brother, or perhaps it could be my Catholic upbringing, but I want to make people happy.”

Perhaps this desire partly motivated Criss’s attraction to musical theater. He studied theater, musicology and Italian at the University of Michigan, and even now will occasionally spontaneously break out into song.


Embodying a bon vivant escort-turned homicidal maniac was not as traumatic as it might seem, Criss says. It was really more about finding those aspects of Cunanan’s character that made him more human. “I didn’t feel like I had to go to this extreme dark place to find Andrew, quite the opposite really. It was important to make him empathetic, someone we could all identify with, [because] otherwise it would’ve been a complete disaster.”

Indeed, it is the humanness he brings to the role that makes it such a success. “I am in no way excusing anything that Andrew Cunanan did,” he adds. “His behavior was absolutely repulsive. But if I was going to pull this off, I had to find a way to make him sympathetic or his character wouldn’t have been interesting at all. We all loved O.J. [Simpson] at one point, didn’t we? Even the worst people have their good moments.”

It’s been posited that Cunanan may have had antisocial personality disorder, meaning he had no real control over a total and complete lack of empathy. “He had a lot of pain in his life,” Criss says. “Yes, he was horrible in many ways, but that’s sad.”

After exploring this tragic story, Criss has found some solace in his beloved music once again with a new side venture. He and his fiance Mia Swier recently opened their own club in the heart of Hollywood, a piano bar called Tramp Stamp Granny’s. It’s a place where friends can gather to drink and sing around the piano, in line with the music festival he also co-founded, Elsie Fest, where Broadway and pop stars meet to sing show tunes.

“I wasn’t your typical theater geek but I love everything that comes with that,” he explains. “I like to think that I’m friends with a wider swath of people, and get along with everyone. But yeah, I was known to belt out songs at cast parties and such.”

Criss’s new business was partly motivated by his love of old-style seedy dive bars. His favorite bar in the world is the Claremont Lounge in the basement of an abandoned hotel in the Poncey-Highland neighborhood of Atlanta. As the city’s oldest and longest running strip club, he loves the place for its diversity. “It’s the only place in the world you’ll see a group of frat boys sitting next to your typical hipsters. And then down from them at the other end of the bar will be a group of drunk businessman drinking whatever they can. Every celebrity working in Atlanta has to stop there.”

During Tramp Stamp Granny’s opening week, Criss was seen taking his place behind the piano almost every night. His energy seems boundless, as he never appears to stop moving and working. “Why would I?” he asks. “I don’t have the luxury that some people have, that people are just offering me roles. And actors are only as good as the parts they get, so I can’t wait around. I can create whatever I want whenever. Whether it’s music, or a new show, or a new drink, that’s what I am going to continue to do for as long as I can, and for as often as I can.”


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Q&A with Lea Michele

EN: Ok. So, I am currently ‘marathoning’ The Assassination of Gianni Versace. Are are you a little creeped out with Darren after his performance in the show? Because it was terrifying.

Lea Michele: So, it's really funny. When we first finished Glee, I went off to New Orleans to do Scream Queens he ended up watching me play a psycho killer on that show. Then, Ryan Murphy had him play Andrew Cunanan. So, we both left Glee to play psycho killers, which is hilarious. But Darren was so incredible and you know, what people may not know is that Darren really wanted to play this part -- he approached Ryan (Murphy) about playing it. So not only did he do such an incredible job of playing the role, but he also helped them make this project really happen. I don't know many other people that could've played that character. He was truly incredible. And, if you know Darren, you know he's nothing like that. He's a hippie, laid back. I'm so proud of him. And, if everyone wants to know, yes his body does really look like that. There’s no body double.


EN: Um. Definitely no complaints re: those scenes.

Lea Michele:
 He posted this picture, which I'm sure you have seen, of him in the little like, you know, um, I think it was like orange bikini bottoms he posted on Instagram? But before he posted it, he sent me the photo and he was, “hey, do you think this is like, bad for me to post?” I was like, “why are you sending this to me, I don’t want to see that!” I'm sure that there's a 100 people, a million people that want to see it. But, I was like; "this is really weird for me to say because you're my brother. But you definitely need to post that." He posted it in the world went crazy.

EN: Yeah. The world appreciates your advice in this matter.

Lea Michele:
Yeah, I mean that's the thing about Darren and I. I think in order to do tours together, you have to be friends, and you have to have stories and experiences. You know, Darren and I have spent holidays together with our families. We've done New Year's Eve together. So, those are the things, those are the moments, those are the stories that we want to share and what we want to talk to our fans about. And so I think that these little glimpses into who we are and who we are as friends. It is definitely going to be very unique and very personal.

EN:
 As a fan, the music is obviously a huge part of the experience, but what really makes a show stand out to me is the banter and the engagement with the audience between sets.

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Oooh.  Nice interview by the New York Times (good memories about that interview done by Patrick Healy of the NYT when Darren was on Broadway for How To Succeed).  I'll post the whole interview but please visit the site to give it a number of "clicks."   We must continue to show to these media sites that there is a lot of interest in articles about Darren.  :happy face thumbs up   The pics are beautiful too.

The New York Times wrote:
Darren Criss Plays the Happy-Go-Lucky Killer in the Versace TV Drama

by Michael Schulman

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Jan. 12, 2018

MIAMI BEACH — At 6:30 in the morning, Darren Criss was bright-eyed and perky as he bounded out of his South Beach hotel and into a black car. It was the last day of shooting for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” Ryan Murphy’s nine-episode follow-up to “The People v. O. J. Simpson.”

Mr. Criss plays the assassin and, the night before, he had been up late shooting a manhunt scene that blocked off a stretch of Collins Avenue, to the chagrin of nightclubbers and Uber drivers.


“That was a very cool rock-star moment,” Mr. Criss said in the car, wearing a ball cap and jeans. He flashed an easygoing grin, the kind that endeared him to legions of young fans of “Glee,” on which he played Blaine Anderson, the preppy, harmonizing love interest of Chris Colfer’s Kurt Hummel.


His new role on “American Crime Story” (which has its premiere on FX on Jan. 17) couldn’t be less gleeful: Andrew Cunanan, the gay gigolo turned serial killer who shot Mr. Versace in 1997, after killing four other men.

 
Mr. Criss, 30, leaned over and pointed out the window. “See that?” he said. “That’s the houseboat, perfectly recreated.” In Indian Creek, the crew had built a replica of Mr. Cunanan’s final hide-out, where he met his demise after a frenzied eight-day manhunt. The series makes use of several real locations in Miami Beach, most notably the Versace Mansion, the site of the murder, now a boutique hotel.

 
[size=13]As the car turned into a parking lot full of trailers, Mr. Criss was all smiles, doling out greetings of “Hey, man!” and “Happy last day!” Even pre-caffeine, he was relentlessly chipper, which seems antithetical to playing a murderer. Or maybe not. Charm was Mr. Cunanan’s calling card, masking a desperate need for acceptance that curdled into pathology. And Mr. Criss’s exuberance on set, he said later, was a way of putting the crew at ease.  

“This is the first time I’ve been No. 1 on the call sheet, so you’re kind of the quarterback,” he said. “You set a tone. I take my work very seriously, but I don’t take myself seriously at all.”[/size]

He plopped down in front of a mirror, where a hair-and-makeup artist fitted him with a wig. Like any decent actor playing a villain, he had looked for Mr. Cunanan’s redeeming traits: his talent, his likability. “The bleeding idealist in me always likes to think that there are more things in common between all of us than there aren’t,” he said. Presumably, he meant “bleeding-heart idealist,” but the phrase seemed apt.


It was that chiaroscuro quality that caught the attention of Mr. Murphy, who as a co-creator of “Glee” gave Mr. Criss his breakout role. “Darren was seen by people as being a comedic actor, a Broadway musical star and a sensation: Mr. Charisma,” Mr. Murphy said. “I just knew he had the ability to go dark.”


Mr. Murphy has a knack for matching actors with career-changing roles, notably Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark in “The People v. O. J. Simpson.” The new series features Edgar Ramirez as Mr. Versace, Ricky Martin as his lover Antonio D’Amico and Penélope Cruz as his sister Donatella. (Last week, the Versace family released two statements calling the series an unauthorized “work of fiction.”)


But Mr. Criss was the linchpin. “He was my first and only choice,” Mr. Murphy said. “I truly wouldn’t have made it without him. I don’t know any other actor who would have been correct.”

Given Mr. Criss’s squeaky-clean image, the casting seems wildly against type. But Mr. Criss and Mr. Cunanan had some unlikely similarities, beginning with an uncanny physical resemblance. Both are half-Filipino California natives, and “we both revel in being different,” Mr. Criss said. As a teenager, he wore vintage bell-bottoms to high school, while the young Mr. Cunanan put dimes in his penny loafers for “that extra bit of flair.”


But while Mr. Criss channeled his charisma into singing and dancing, Mr. Cunanan faked his way into high society, lashing out when he didn’t get his way. Growing up in San Diego, Mr. Cunanan was a social butterfly in the Hillcrest neighborhood, where the gay and military communities overlapped, subsisting on sugar daddies and outrageous lies.


“The evidence is strong that he was a drug dealer and involved in crystal meth, so he would get a lot of money in cash and treat people to elaborate dinners,” said the writer Maureen Orth, whose Vanity Fair article about Mr. Cunanan grew into the book “Vulgar Favors,” the basis of the FX series. “At the same time, he was extremely aspirational. Even when he was hiding out in South Beach, he had the biography of William Paley. He had Architectural Digest. And then he’d go out at night and hustle.”


Shooting Mr. Versace was a crime “very much of anger,” Ms. Orth said. “Andrew had been rejected, and things hadn’t turned out for him the way he wanted. And he also was desperate to be famous, and he was willing to kill.”

 
From Theater Geek to ‘Glee’

By contrast, fame came easily to Mr. Criss. Even before “Glee,” he had garnered a following from his role in a satirical “Harry Potter” musical, which he put on with his post-collegiate theater company in Michigan. A YouTube version, with Mr. Criss as the boy wizard, went viral.


By then he was already a seasoned performer. Raised in San Francisco, the son of a prominent banker, he began studying classical violin when he was 5. Not long after, he saw “Aladdin” and decided he wanted to be the genie, or, barring that, an actor. The year of the Versace murder, he made his professional theater debut at age 10, in a local production of the 1954 musical “Fanny.” His big number was “Be Kind to Your Parents.”


He spent the next eight years studying at the American Conservatory Theater’s young conservatory program, while acting with 42nd Street Moon, a San Francisco troupe known for musical revivals. “After school, I was raised by gay 20-somethings,” he said of his adolescent years. “These are the people that I loved and looked up to and wanted to be around.”


His early introduction to gay culture helped prepare him for a career in which his best-known roles and a good chunk of his fan base are gay, though Mr. Criss himself is straight. (His longtime girlfriend is Mia Swier, a TV director and producer.) He’s a rare breed: theater geek filtered through California bro, which made an ideal combination for the pop dorkiness of “Glee.”


In the show’s early days, he auditioned unsuccessfully for a few bit parts, including a football player, until Mr. Murphy finally took notice of him and cast him as Blaine in Season 2. “I knew he could sing, I knew he could act, and I knew before we shot a frame of it, this kid’s going to blow up,” Mr. Murphy said.

 
He was right: Mr. Criss debuted on “Glee” in 2010, not long after getting a theater degree at the University of Michigan, and his cover of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” from his first episode shot up the Billboard charts. A vocal fan base kept the Kurt and Blaine romance steaming along, breaking television barriers as it went.

Mr. Criss burnished his overnight fame with stints on Broadway in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” and recorded music as a solo artist and with Computer Games, an alt-pop band he started with his brother, Chuck Criss. In 2015, he helped found Elsie Fest, an outdoor music festival in New York that has been called “Coachella for Show Tunes.”


Mr. Murphy first floated the idea of the Versace project three years ago, when Mr. Criss was in New Orleans while Mr. Murphy was there shooting the pilot for “Scream Queens.” Hearing the name Andrew Cunanan, Mr. Criss responded, “Oh, that’s right! The half-Filipino guy!” Later that summer, he was backstage at “Hedwig” in full makeup and heels when Mr. Murphy called: “‘Do you still want to do the Cunanan thing?’”


Channeling a Killer




In the makeup trailer in Miami, a stylist painted a meth scab on Mr. Criss’s leg and everyone got in a van. The morning’s agenda: a fictionalized scene in which the increasingly desperate Mr. Cunanan tries to swim his way to safety, but quickly turns back. The van stopped near a jetty at the northern tip of Bal Harbour, with the Ritz-Carlton looming in the background.

“This is going to be rad!” Mr. Criss said, barely containing his enthusiasm. The first assistant director went over the shot: stare at the water; take off shirt, shoes and sunglasses; zip up backpack; jump in.


“Shirt, shoes, sunglasses,” the actor repeated. “I like the alliteration of that.” Mr. Criss gazed at the beach. “Look at these colors, guys. It looks fake!”


The waves were crashing hard against the concrete. As the crew shot the scene at the end of the jetty, it was decided that the water was too choppy for Mr. Criss to actually get in, lest they lose their star to sea. Still, by the end of the take he was drenched from ocean sprays, stripped down to soaking white boxer shorts.


“That was insane,” he shouted while he walked back, as someone swathed him in a white robe. He smiled into the sun and took stock of his luck: “Just a day at the office. Who gets to do this?”


On a break, I mentioned that he seemed to be having fun, and he bridled. “I’m really careful with that word,” he said, his smile dissipating. “This is pretty gruesome material.”


During the eight-month shoot, he had been approached by several people who knew Mr. Cunanan. At an event in Los Angeles, he recalled, a Hollywood producer came up to him and said, “Oh, yeah, Andrew Cunanan, I used to hook up with him,” and added that the F.B.I. had warned him to be careful while Mr. Cunanan was still on the loose.

 
After a few takes, the crew moved to the beach to shoot Andrew’s dejected return to the shore: “my anti-James Bond moment,” Mr. Criss joked. He flung himself into the waves and trudged back onto the sand, kneeling and agonizing for the camera.

“Show us your face,” the episode’s director, Dan Minahan, instructed, and Mr. Criss revealed an anguished expression out of “Guernica.” After “Cut!,” he instantly reverted to his sunny self, saying, “I haven’t been in the water since we got back to Miami, so: check!”


Sitting down for lunch after the shoot, Mr. Criss described the series as a parable about “the ultimate creator and the ultimate destroyer,” in which resentment turned Mr. Cunanan from aspirant to assassin. “I approached Andrew from a pretty big place of hurt and pain and sorrow and sadness,” he said. “The story doesn’t horrify me as much as it breaks my heart.”


“And that’s why acting is such a fun art form to me, again as a bleeding idealist, a bleeding happy-go-lucky dude,” he said, grinning again at his sheer dumb luck. “People casually ask me, ‘How’s the show going?’ And I will say with no ounce of irony or hyperbole, ‘I’ve worked and waited my entire life for this moment, and I couldn’t be happier.’”


Moments later, something close to an irony did cross his mind: “It’s the life Andrew Cunanan would have dreamed of, frankly.”

 


Please visit the site to give the article a number of "clicks."  Source:  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/12/fashion/darren-criss-assassination-of-gianni-versace.html?smid=pl-share







Article about a list of shows to watch:
Entertainment Weekly wrote:
This Week's Must List: 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace,' 'Paddington 2,' and 'Red Clocks'

January 12, 2018

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ILLUSTRATION by LAURA LANNES for EW

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The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

The second installment of Ryan Murphy’s true-crime anthology series is a visceral, compelling, and disturbing look at the murder of the titular designer — and the man who killed him, Andrew Cunanan, played by a gripping Darren Criss. (FX, Wednesdays, 10 p.m.)


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[HQ] Darren Criss Plays the Happy-Go-Lucky Killer in the Versace TV Drama

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kmannmakeup: Darren Criss x @nytimes 
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ryanpfluger: @darrencriss for the @nytimes up online & out this weekend in the style section. Photographed by the Broad in Los Angeles back in November. Another killer shoot (pun intended) thanks to @lyonse x








She is a senior politics reporter at Vox.  She also says "Go Blue" on her twitter page, so I'm guessing she went to U of Michigan?
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Some nice quotes from gleekto from the NYT interview (via dcriss-archive):

Darren Criss wrote:
People casually ask me, ‘How’s the show going?’ And I will say with no ounce of irony or hyperbole, ‘I’ve worked and waited my entire life for this moment, and I couldn’t be happier.’”

Moments later, something close to an irony did cross his mind: “It’s the life Andrew Cunanan would have dreamed of, frankly.

Darren Criss Plays the Happy-Go-Lucky Killer in the Versace TV Drama

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Darren Criss wrote:This is the first time I’ve been No. 1 on the call sheet, so you’re kind of the quarterback,” he said. “You set a tone. I take my work very seriously, but I don’t take myself seriously at all.

Darren Criss Plays the Happy-Go-Lucky Killer in the Versace TV Drama (via gleekto)








Darren Criss wrote:
After school, I was raised by gay 20-somethings,” he said of his adolescent years. “These are the people that I loved and looked up to and wanted to be around.”

His early introduction to gay culture helped prepare him for a career in which his best-known roles and a good chunk of his fan base are gay, though Mr. Criss himself is straight. (His longtime girlfriend is Mia Swier, a TV director and producer.) He’s a rare breed: theater geek filtered through California bro, which made an ideal combination for the pop dorkiness of “Glee.

Darren Criss Plays the Happy-Go-Lucky Killer in the Versace TV Drama

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I really like what Ryan Murphy said about Darren in the NYT article.  Here are some quotes from Ryan:
Ryan Murphy wrote:
It was that chiaroscuro quality that caught the attention of Mr. Murphy, who as a co-creator of “Glee” gave Mr. Criss his breakout role. “Darren was seen by people as being a comedic actor, a Broadway musical star and a sensation: Mr. Charisma,” Mr. Murphy said. “I just knew he had the ability to go dark.”
 
[. . . ]

But Mr. Criss was the linchpin. “He was my first and only choice,” Mr. Murphy said. “I truly wouldn’t have made it without him. I don’t know any other actor who would have been correct.”

[. . . ]

In the show’s early days, he auditioned unsuccessfully for a few bit parts, including a football player, until Mr. Murphy finally took notice of him and cast him as Blaine in Season 2. “I knew he could sing, I knew he could act, and I knew before we shot a frame of it, this kid’s going to blow up,” Mr. Murphy said.

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darrencriss: 5 days. #ACSVersace





Quotes from Maureen Orth:
Buffalo News wrote:
Orth brings Versace murder to TV, recalls night Tim Russert might have talked to his killer

January 12, 2018

She dismissed some criticism here that the series makes Cunanan likable because she feels being erudite, well-read and having good taste made him that way.

"I found that specious," she said. "He was an incredibly charming personality. He wasn’t just simply a calculating evil personality, and that’s why he was able to gain the confidence of really lovely, sort of salt-of-the-earth, Midwestern guys and the people that he hung out with… So he had quite an interesting personality that was apart from the deep evil that lurked underneath."

She praised Criss' performance.

I think Darren did a beautiful job of being both creepy and charismatic at the same time," said Orth.

Source:  http://buffalonews.com/2018/01/12/orth-brings-versace-murder-to-tv-recalls-night-tim-russert-might-have-talked-to-his-killer/






Regarding when Versace will air on BBC Two for UK viewers (hopefully a couple of weeks after January 17)
Express wrote:
American Crime Story season 2 UK date: When does The Assassination of Gianni Versace air?

Jan. 12, 2018


When will The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story be released?

The Assassination of Gianni Versace is the second instalment of Ryan Murphy’s examination of infamous murder cases that rocked the world. 

The second season of the anthology series is officially released on FX in the US on Wednesday, January 17. 

It will then air shortly after on BBC Two for UK viewers. An exact date has not yet been set for the BBC Two release but it has been confirmed that it will be early 2018. The show will then stream on Netflix after its initial premiere. 


The first season, The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, was released on BBC Two on February 15, 2016 after the initial US release of February 2.

So it’s likely UK fans won’t have to wait too long to enjoy what is set to be one of the biggest shows of 2018.


Source:  https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/903747/american-crime-story-season-2-assassination-gianni-versace-uk-bbc2-netflix-penelope-cruz






This is nice to see Becca and Heather showing their support.  Constance Zimmer was on the animinated Transformers Robots in Disguise with Darren and we know who Tyler is.  :happy face
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I believe he is a screenwriter and an actor.
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Golden Globe Awards January 7, 2018



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Darren did a great job tonight!  Now, he gets to just have fun!  :happy face
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That looks like Dana Walden on the left. 
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Darren being himself.  :happy face 
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Actor Darren Criss attends FIJI Water at HFPA’s Official Viewing and After-Party at the Wilshire Garden inside The Beverly Hilton on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California







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Presenters Edgar Ramirez, Penelope Cruz, Ricky Martin and Darren Criss onstage during the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.







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Darren Criss attends The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California








Darren did well!  His voice sounded melodic (and very clear).   They all look so nice.  I couldn't help but wonder if Darren was squealing inside because he shook the hand of young Obi Wan Kenobi/   :big grin  

The cast of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story presented the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie (January 7th, 2018)

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Lovely pic.  :happy face
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ricky_martin: Ready to present the award #GoldenGlobes

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edgarramirez25: About to present at the #goldenglobes A punto de presentar en lo @goldenglobes #acsversace #goldenglobes #timesup #heforshe

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I thought all of Darren's answers were very well stated (although he also could have mentioned that he spoke to Mia about Me Too and He For She, since Mia is involved in directing).   But I have noticed that Darren has really stepped up his game in terms of how well-thought out and articulate are his answers in interviews lately.

Darren Criss Excited For People To ‘Scrutinize the Hell Out Of’ Versace Role (Exclusive) | Source

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dcriss-archive noted friends of Darren posting their Instagrams of Darren presenting tonight at the Golden Globe Awards.   Among those posting:  Etai Benson, Lauren Lopez, Keltie Knight, Tony Marion, Lena Hall, Traci Logan.







Aw, Darren is so supportive, trying to help Yong.

yongchavezLA: heart

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TrevellAnderson: .@DarrenCriss is rocking a @HeForShe pin tonight #GoldenGlobes2018







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Nice close up photo:
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ACS Versace cast presenting at the Golden Globes

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Some more nice pics:
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ACS Versace cast presenting at the 75th Golden Globes

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maureen_orth: “How great to see #acsversace stars present @goldenglobes . Can’t wait premiere tomorrow! Airs 1/17 FX. #timesup @darren_.criss @darrenarmy @ricky_martin @penelopecruzoficial @edgarramirezworld”







Darren with Mia, and also talking to Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird was so good!). 
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Darren and Mia on the red carpet at the Golden Globes via Mia’s Snapchat (mia.elan) 1/7/18






Aw!
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Caleb McLaughlin, Darren Criss and Gaten Matarazzo on the red carpet at the Golden Globes 1/7/18 via Mia’s Snapchat (mia.elan)







TNT Brasil This tweet is just for those who never got over the love of Darren Criss. #GoldenGlobeNaTNT

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kmannmakeup #DarrenCriss x #GoldenGlobes Custom camo print tuxedo by @giorgioarmani #styling @ashleypweston #Grooming by me #kindramannmakeup @tmgla



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Winter TCA Press Tour (January 5, 2018) Los Angeles




A few things before the posts of Darren at the TCA Wiinter Press Tour:



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ashleypweston: And the team is back!! @DarrenCriss x @VanityFair heart Can’t wait for y’all to see what’s up our sleeves for the upcoming ‘Versace: American Crime Story’ press tour hands in the air #AWerk #DarrenCriss #VanityFair #ACSVersace






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kmannmakeup: Darren Criss for Vanity Fair #photographed by @aspictures #styling @ashleypweston #grooming by me #kindramannmakeup @tmgla #versaceamericancrimestory #darrencriss







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ACSFX: Two walks of life led to one unspeakable moment. From Executive Producer Ryan Murphy, #ACSVersace premieres 1/17, only on FX. @DarrenCriss @edgarramirez25








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CanalFX_la: Versace fue su víctima más conocida. Pero no fue la única. @DarrenCriss es Andrew Cunanan en #ACSVersaceEnFX. Estreno, 18 de enero.

*Versace was his most famous victim. But it was not the only one. @DarrenCriss is Andrew Cunanan in #ACSVersaceEnFX. Premiere, January 18.





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Winter TCA Press Tour (January 5, 2018) Los Angeles





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[LQ] Darren Criss, Edgar Ramirez, Ricky Martin and Maureen Orth attend the 2018 Winter TCA Tour FX Starwalk held at The Langham Huntington on January 5 2018 in Pasadena California






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Photo of Darren before the ACS Versace panel at the Television Critics Association press tour event. January 5, 2018.

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Darren and Chuck are at the iHeart Radio Music Awards.  :happy face   So many pics and videos!  I'll post a few.


Posting some of the nice pics from DarrenCrissArmy (for more pics, go to DarrenCrissArmy). :happy face


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Darren and Chuck on the red carpet at the iHeartRadio Music Awards 3/5/17

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haha!  To see what he's doing, see below video: :amused
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Darren at the iHeart Music Awards 3/5/17

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Nice pic of Darren.  :happy face
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Darren Criss attends the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcasts live on Turner’s TBS, TNT, and truTV at The Forum on March 5, 2017 in Inglewood, California.

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Brotherly luv tonight for #iheartradio #darrencriss & #charlescriss #grooming by me #tmgla #styling #ashleypweston #darrencriss #weplaycomputers #iheartradioawards #chuckcriss #computergames http://ift.tt/2n4aTAH

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A few more pics from dailydarrennews (for more pics, go to dailydarrennews):

Some striking pics of Darren and Chuck (thanks Alex!).  For more pics, please go to Alex's blog (darrenkey)
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   UHQ | Musicians Darren Criss and Chuck Criss of Computer Games attend the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum on March 5, 2017 in Inglewood, California.
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LQ | Musicians Darren Criss and Chuck Criss of Computer Games attend the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards

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LQ | Musicians Darren Criss and Chuck Criss of Computer Games attend the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards
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weplaycomputers Shoutout to Mark Hoppus who shaped the way we sing harmonies, play punk bass, write melodies- everything. Thanks Mark. @markhoppus
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Note:  Mark Hoppus is best known as the bassist and co-lead vocalist for the pop punk band Blink-182.  He also is a music producer. 







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Cute video of classic (silly, but clever) Darren.  :big grin


@mandafique so many people are having trouble with this 360 camera especially @DarrenCriss
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Some more videos from DarrenCrissArmy:



Darren and Chuck at the iHeartRadio Music Awards 3/5/17 via AwesomenessTV Snapchat
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Terrible audio quality but exciting to see @weplaycomputers on Glamour Magazine’s IG Story at the #iHeartAwards! (Instagram.com/glamourmag)
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I'm beginning to see just how much fun these Criss brothers will be to watch.  :love



Darren and Chuck react to Bruno Mars at the iHeartRadio Music Awards via Computer Games Snapchat (weplaycomputers) 3/5/17
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More video from weplaycomputers Snapchat at the iHeartRadio Music Awards 3/5/17
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Darren and Chuck at the iHeartRadio Music Awards 3/5/17 via weplaycomputers Snapchat
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Darren and Chuck at the iHeartRadio Music Awards 3/5/17 via Computer Games’ IG Story (Instagram.com/weplaycomputers)
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# Repost @darrencriss Well that was fun, #iheartradioawards #iheartradio #charlescriss #weplaycomputers #darrencriss #chuckcriss #computergames http://ift.tt/2lMWF6i

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Darren leading a sing-along:  :happy face




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・・・ Music night! Wonderful host @michaelarden THANK YOU you gentleman, with @darrencriss on vocals & guitar, @rfleeshman on vocals, @gavrees @bodyvibrant and @chriskayson as backing dancers, and with @jmspinafore as the laughing guest. #chandelier #standbyme #whatsgoingon #music #jamming #losangeles #actorslife

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 Costume Designers Guild Awards, 2/21/17):




ha! :amused

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# Repost tmgla

The very handsome #darrencriss at the Costume Designer Guild Awards last night!
Grooming by #kmannmakeup

#DarrenCriss #CDGA #glee #costumedesignersguildawards #grooming #tmgla #tmg http://ift.tt/2l1a6za
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From dailydarrennews:
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chrisedgerley Gleeful party. Thank you for hosting @michaelarden. A wonderfully creative evening. @darrencriss it was a pleasure to meet you. #thankyouforthemusic #darrencriss











About the Costume Designers Guild Awards (2/21/17):


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link to Matt Bomer’s tweet










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Some pics from dailydarrennews from yesterday (Costume Designers Guild Awards, 2/21/17).  With designers Lou Eyrich and Helen Huang, and actor Trojan Bellisario:Topics tagged under grooming on Darren Criss Fan Community Tumblr_olrl7ascAE1uetdyxo1_1280

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LQ | Costume Designer Lou eyrich and actor Darren Criss at the 19th CDGA presented by LACOSTE at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 21, 2017





With actor Troian Bellisario:
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LQ | Actors Darren Criss and Troian Bellisario speak onstage at the 19th CDGA presented by LACOSTE at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 21, 2017

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