Jared Leto went on some, mmm, dubious arrangements to prepare for his role in House of Gucci.
The Oscar winner plays designer Paolo Gucci in the crime drama that explores the Gucci dynasty and hits theaters on Friday. In an interview with iD magazine published this week, the actor explained how he “dived deeply” into the character after filming began. And, according to him, he went far beyond the standard techniques of acting.
“By the middle of this movie, I was sniffing rows of arrabbiat sauce,” Leto said. “I had olive oil instead of blood. … If you took a biopsy of my skin, it would be Parmesan cheese! “
Calling the film his “love letter to Italy,” Leto offered a bizarre anatomical metaphor to explain how much he “liked and enjoyed” playing Paolo, which required him to physically transform through prosthetics and makeup.
“I climbed into this creative cave and went through the intestines and intestines into the esophagus of the one and only Paolo Gucci,” he told iD. “Reviving Paolo was like pulling a bowling ball out of my sphincter. I say all the time that my ass was shaking like two chicken bones on this set. ”
Leto isn’t the only Gucci star to have pledged her commitment to the project in recent weeks.
Speaking before the December edition of British Vogue, Lady Gaga said that she “spoke with [Italian] accent for nine months “behind the scenes in preparation for her role as Patricia Reggiani, who was convicted of organizing the 1995 murder of her ex-husband, fashion impresario Maurizio Gucci, played by Adam Driver in the film.
“I was either in my hotel room, living and talking like Reggiani, or I was on the set, living and talking like her,” she recalled. “I remember one day I went to Italy for a walk with my hat on. I didn’t go out for about two months and I panicked … I thought I was on the set. “
Although Lady Gaga was dropped from the list of potential nominees for the award for her role as Reggiani, Leto’s performance generally divided critics.
“This is either the best or the worst performance Leto has ever given, possibly both, but either way it will not be forgotten soon,” wrote Alonso Duralde of The Wrap. Collider’s Matt Goldberg felt the same, noting, “Something Leto doesn’t seem to understand fundamentally about acting is that it’s not a competitive sport.”
However, these reviews are boring compared to those of Patricia Gucci, Maurizio’s second cousin. When asked by the Associated Press about Leto’s photographs taken on the Italian set of Gucci’s House, she replied, “Awful, awful. I am still offended. ”