Get your petition pens (or keyboards) ready, Lady Gaga's Italian accent fans! Screenwriter Roberto Bentivegna, who co-wrote the Lady Gaga/Adam Driver sprawling Italian epic House of Gucci, has revealed that the original script for the movie had Lady Gaga narrating the whole thing. Yes, accent and all. Is this going to be as coveted as the infamous Cats "butthole cut"?
As Bentivegna tells it, one of the major script devices cut by director Ridley Scott was character Patrizia Reggiani’s (played by Mama Monster) ongoing voiceover throughout the course of the movie.
“Ridley decided that we didn’t need [Patrizia’s voiceover] and we got rid of it,” Bentivegna told Vulture. “But all the drafts had that voiceover.”
We think we speak for all Little Monsters when we say: “Please, release the cut and turn it into a Lady Gaga dance album immediately!” They can call it Haus of Gaga presents House of Gucci—we offer this idea entirely for free.
But that’s not all. Bentivegna goes on to say that a certain Keanu Reeves/Winona Ryder classic thriller inspired the structure of House of Gucci.
“The very first draft had a ten-page opening sequence,” he admitted. “It was the history of the brand and the Gucci family. One of my favourite openings ever is the first five minutes of Bram Stoker’s Dracula by Francis Ford Coppola. I was trying to do that.”
“At one point, the script was 150 pages long,” he continued, “which is kind of insane. It got down to 135 by the time we were shooting.”
Assuring audiences there aren't a ton of pivotal deleted scenes somewhere, Bentivegna added, “We didn’t really cut any scenes.” Makes sense. After all, the movie is two hours and 38 minutes long.
Bentivegna also revealed that two of the most iconic lines in the movie weren’t penned by his hand at all, but were suggested by his famous leading actors, Lady Gaga and Jared Leto.
As Gaga already revealed, she came up with the now-infamous line, “Father, Son, and House of Gucci,” and Bentivegna confirmed it: “I did not write that. I admit it. But she was so good and she really took the cues that were in the story and in the script, and just ran with it. So did Jared Leto.”
Yes, Jared Leto, who plays Paolo Gucci, came up with his catchphrase “Boof!” on-set and almost never broke character.
“He totally ran with that. Yeah. That was completely his invention. I never met Jared Leto on set. I met Paolo Gucci for three months. He was completely in character. He was in makeup and prosthetics, and then I would see him in the morning, and he’d leave in the evening. I never saw Jared out of prosthetics.”
Mama Monster recently told Variety the backstory of her famous ad-lib: “I would do it in the trailer all the time. I was doing it in the trailer and then something about that scene when we were doing it felt right. We did it, and it’s a testament to Ridley Scott as a director because he uses the stuff. He uses the creativity. He uses the love.”
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