Lady Gaga reveals she spoke in an Italian accent with her OWN MOTHER during House Of Gucci filming
Lady Gaga revealed she spoke in an Italian accent with her own mother Cynthia in order to remain in-character as Patrizia Regianni during filming for House Of Gucci.
The singer, 35, told Alison Hammond during an appearance on Thursday’s This Morning that she took the role home with her due to her dedication.
She said: ‘That’s just the way that I do it. You live in an alternate reality so when I was at the hotel, I was in character.’
The comments came after dialect coach Francesca De Martini told the Daily Beast that her accent ‘sounds more Russian’.
House of Gucci has a lukewarm 61 percent on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes – just one percent above a ‘Fresh’ certification. Most critics praised Gaga while criticizing the 157-minute film’s bloated screen time and surface-level script.
Wow! Lady Gaga revealed she spoke in an Italian accent with her own mother Cynthia in order to remain in-character as Patrizia Regianni during filming for House Of Gucci
People on social media have criticized Gaga’s accent as well, though she maintains she worked really hard on it.
On Thursday, she said: ‘And then I would go to set and I would still be in character, so my life really became the film. My recollection of the filming of this movie feels like real life.’
Slipping into her Italian accent, she added: ‘I called everybody in my life. I used to call my mother and I would talk to her this way.’
The film has gotten mixed reviews, with some citing Gaga’s accent as proof of the movie’s campy allure.
AP film critic Lindsey Bahr wrote in her 2.5 stars out of 4 review: ‘Everything in House of Gucci is over the top. The accents. The performances. The fashion. The settings. The runtime. The music. The greed. This movie knows exactly what it is and, sweetie, it is gloriously decadent, ridiculous fun.’
The Times’ Robbie Collin wrote: ‘But while House of Gucci is never less than watchably raucous, it’s also essentially a soap opera with airs, rambling along from episode to episode without ever settling into its stride.’
Alex Godfrey of Empire said: ‘Despite the story’s operatic sweep, despite its undeniably Shakespearean entanglements, it feels oddly undramatic, the filmmaking itself quite detached. And certainly, despite all the catastrophe, you won’t be shedding tears over anybody, but maybe that’s the point?’
Despite winning an Oscar for her role in 2016’s A Star Is Born, Gaga’s attempt at the country’s pronunciation was recentlypanned by the movie’s dialect coach.
Impressive: The singer, 35, told Alison Hammond during an appearance on Thursday’s This Morning that she took the role home with her due to her dedication (pictured with mum Cynthia, left, in 2019)
Focused: Gaga (left in-character) has spoken at length about her transformation into Patrizia (pictured in 1985, right) and using the accent for an entire nine months to remain in character
Italian actress Francesca De Martini spoke to The Daily Beast about the Bad Romance singer’s transformation into Patrizia, who famously hired a hitman to murder her ex-husband, Maurizio Gucci, in 1995.
Clearly unconvinced, Francesca, who auditioned for roles in the movie before coming back as a vocal coach, said of Gaga: ‘I feel bad saying this, but her accent is not exactly an Italian accent, it sounds more Russian.’
Francesca also spoke of working with Salma Hayek, saying: ‘What happened was this: Salma shot for one day and then asked for a dialogue coach. I think she heard the accent wasn’t right and she was worried — she wanted to do well.’
Incredible: She said: ‘That’s just the way that I do it. You live in an alternate reality so when I was at the hotel, I was in character’
Talented: ‘And then I would go to set and I would still be in character, so my life really became the film. My recollection of the filming of this movie feels like real life’
Gaga has spoken at length about her transformation into Patrizia and using the accent for an entire nine months to remain in character.
She previously said: ‘I started in the voice six months before we started shooting and I stayed in it for the whole of filming, which I am sure was super annoying for Adam [Driver] For me I thought it was harder to go in and out, so I stayed in character.’
The star then told British Vogue: ‘I lived as her [Reggiani] for a year and a half. And I spoke with an accent for nine months of that. I never broke. I stayed with her.’
Gaga then revealed she dyed her hair off-screen to stay in character: ‘It was nearly impossible for me to speak in the accent as a blonde. I instantly had to dye my hair.’
Eek: Despite winning an Oscar for her role in 2016’s A Star Is Born, Gaga’s attempt at the country’s pronunciation was recently panned by the movie’s dialect coach
The film is based on Sara Gay Forden’s novel titled The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed.
Set in Italy, the story explores three decades of numerous themes, including love, betrayal and revenge.
Significantly depicted during the course of the film is the aftermath of the 1995 murder of Maurizio Gucci (played by Adam), the Italian businessman and head of the fashion house Gucci, by his ex-wife Patrizia (played by Gaga).
Oh no! Clearly unconvinced, Francesca said of Gaga: ‘I feel bad saying this, but her accent is not exactly an Italian accent, it sounds more Russian’
Jared Leto plays vice-president of the luxury fashion house Paolo Gucci, cousin of Maurizio, while Al Pacino portrays Aldo Gucci, the company’s chairman from 1953 to 1986.
The cold-blooded murder of fashion scion Maurizio in 1995 shocked the world – especially when his ex-wife Patrizia was found guilty of arranging the crime.
During the murder trial, which transfixed Italy, Patrizia arrived each day wearing head-to-toe Gucci clothes and accessories.
The court heard how she had ordered the murder of her husband after he offered her $650,000 in a divorce settlement.
She was initially sentenced to 29 years in 1998, which was reduced to 26 on appeal. She served 18 – with her pet ferret Bambi as a companion for some of the time – before being released in October 2014.
Well-known for her luxury lifestyle, Patrizia once said: ‘I’d rather cry in a Rolls than be happy on a bicycle’ and turned down the offer of day release while in prison because it would have meant doing ‘menial’ work.
The Hollywood Reporter praised Gaga’s performance, stating: ‘In a performance more often than not dialed up to 110, Gaga puts on a transfixing show, bringing fierce charisma and ferocious drive to Patrizia,’ adding that she, ‘hurls herself into the character with savage gusto.’
Writing for the Daily Mail, Brian Viner called it ‘a muddle, confused in both narrative and tone, and not especially helped by the decision to get the entire ensemble talking foreign-accented English, as if it were an extended episode of ’Allo ’Allo.
‘Disconcertingly, the plot keeps deviating from the relationship between Patrizia and Maurizio to focus on the boardroom grapple for control of the company.
‘Another problem is the film’s length – over two and a half hours. Ridley Scott and his producer – who happens to be his wife Giannina Facio – could have cut 30 minutes from the movie. That said, House of Gucci is by no means devoid of pleasures. It is sumptuous to look at, with terrific period detail, and Pacino especially is in fine form. But, certainly, the scene-stealer is Gaga.’
House of Gucci is set for release on November 24 in the US and November 26 in the UK.
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