Executive producer Ryan Murphy recalled a conversation between Ricky Martin and the man he plays on “American Crime Story”.
Murphy spoke with critics at the final Q&A for the Television Critics Association about controversy surrounding “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”. The controversy involves Versace’s longtime lover Antonio D’Amico, who is portrayed by Martin in the FX series.
D’Amico complained publicly about allegedly not been consulted on the FX series. D’Amico blasted a “ridiculous” picture of Ricky Martin “holding the body” of Versace “in his arms” in an interview. “Maybe it’s the director’s poetic license, but that is not how I reacted,” D’Amico had scoffed.
Murphy responded to those comments on Wednesday and confirmed that Martin and D’Amico had spoken. “It’s hard to judge anything you’re watching based on paparazzi photography, which is what that was about,” Murphy told critics. “And when you’re doing a show like this you’re not doing a documentary, you’re doing a docu-drama. There are certain things you take liberty with.”
Talking about the series’ shooting scene, Murphy confessed it was a challenging thing to film. “The assassination was tough to shoot and we shot exactly on the step where he died,” Murphy explained. “He was something special and we paid tribute to him – to all of the victims who in many ways were forgotten and not talked about.”
The executive producer also elaborated on the motive behind the 10-episode series. Murphy said the show is not about why Versace was killed, but instead “why it was allowed to happen… He did not have to die.”
Murphy blamed police homophobia at the time and compared it to the world today: “It’s an interesting thing to examine, particularly with the president now and the world we live in,” Murphy said. “I thought it was topical and social, which a show at its best is.”
“American Crime Story: Versace” is currently eyeing an early 2018 premiere.