Stars Edgar Ramirez, Darren Criss and Ricky Martin talk to THR about how filming inside the royal house of Versace affected them.
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From the beginning, the producers behind FX The murder of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story wanted that the series was different from other real crime shows.
"The series opens with the murder of Versace, and we made that decision for a couple of reasons, one is that it's the only fact that everyone knows about this case, that Gianni Versace, if you know something, you know he was killed outside his mansion, we felt that, instead of waiting eight episodes to get to that, we went straight to that, which led to this. "Executive producer Brad Simpson tells The Hollywood Reporter .
That's why Wednesday's premiere began with an exuberant sequence of nearly eight minutes detailing the last morning of the killing f The life of the designer ashion, which culminated in the time when serial killer Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) killed Versace (Edgar Ramirez) on the steps of the Miami Beach designer mansion, which the production recreated about the actual steps of the building.
"Everyone was very moved because we did not do the steps, we shot in those steps," says Ramirez THR . "He put the steps, and Antonio [D’Amico, his partner] could have picked it up as Ricky [Martin, who plays D’Amico] did, and there is something very moving, interesting and disturbing for me because Gianni was killed around 8:30 or so in the morning. .. so he was alive, he was playing someone who is dying, he was not playing dead. "
Martin says: "It was very dark, it was very heavy and dark days because it was back to back, the real finding of the body and then the investigation where the FBI simply drills it, mercilessly But I loved it because the mission was important in a sense: I'm telling this story because people need to know this story. "
The second season of the FX anthology of executive producer Ryan Murphy was a great departure from the DO of the franchise. First season focused on Simpson, when the Emmy-winning limited series recreated most of its main locations in sound studios.
"The important thing about filming in the mansion is that it reflected how Versace lived his life," says Simpson. "Versace's mansion is in South Beach, right on a public beach, he opens the door, and everyone is outside, that's how he wanted to live, not only authentically, but openly. South Beach – the multiple ethnicities, the people who were open with their sexuality – was part of what inspired him, that walk he did every morning, the walk we started to get the newspaper, was something he had not done. He did it for several years because he had been sick, and now he was better, it meant a lot to him, the tragedy that what he loved, the openness with which he could live, was how he could be killed, it was incredibly important to represent. "
But being in the royal house, which Versace created himself, was invaluable to the creative team of the show.
"When we were there with our artisans and our writers and everything, you felt that vibration coming, and faith. It's important to shoot there," says Simpson. "At the same time, it's incredibly chilling, the day we recreated it, we created it as it happened, they were all very dark, people cried because they could feel the energy of what we were recreating there at the time."
For Criss, the most surprising part of the filming of that scene in the real place was the fact that he gained access to the life of Versace that Cunanan craved desperately.
"I entered so freely, Darren, just passed through the doors and into a nice room with air conditioning on a hot summer's day," says Criss THR . "Andrew never managed to enter, which has a more symbolic meaning: literally and figuratively he never came in. There I was, dressed in the same clothes he was in, recreating the scene that would define him forever in opposition. Versaces, and there I am, walking in your house. "
" That seemed very strange to me, "he continues. "It was surreal, but it made it very real, for sure, being in that house was almost like being in a church because Versace was so present in that house." I found myself silently praying to Gianni and asking for forgiveness, not in the name of Andrew, but I guess I expected him to trust us to tell this story and try to create something with the light that was so dark. "
The murder of Gianni Versace is broadcast on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. m. in FX.