Darren Criss Defends ‘The Assassination Of Gianni Versace’

Catherine Michelle

January 18, 2018

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American Crime Story’s second season, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”, is upon us – and it comes with a lot of controversy.

Tackling the murder of iconic fashion designer Gianni Versace by Andrew Cunanan, the Versaces have said that they had no involvement whatsoever in the making of the serial, and stated:

“Since Versace did not authorize the book on which it is partly based nor has it taken part in the writing of the screenplay, this TV series should only be considered as a work of fiction.”


Darren Criss, who plays Cunanan,is speaking up in defense of the show while doing publicity rounds:

“I think the work will speak for itself, and I really hope they’ll think we’re doing right by them. We treat them with a lot of respect.”


On the Versace family’s statement:

‘Of course I get where they’re coming from. They don’t know what we’re doing.”


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On the interwining lives of Cunanan and Versace:

“This is a story about the haves and have nots. You have somebody who has fame, success, love, happiness … [Versace] represents basically everything that Andrew felt like he deserved, and couldn’t have.”


And on his thoughts on Cunanan after taking on the role:

“I’m not asking people to feel bad or pardon him or exonerate the obviously terrible things that he did, but I do ask people to bend their own senses of empathy and sort of find the parallels in their own life. I think, at the end of the day, we are way closer to the darkest parts of ourselves than any of us care to admit. We’re capable of those things just as easily as we are capable of doing really amazing things.”