He’s one of the most handsome actors in Hollywood.
The Panic Room actor had been transformed to look like the late fashion designer Paolo Gucci, with the help of dramatic makeup, prosthetics and wig specialists.
No way! Jared Leto, 49, was unrecognisable, with a bald head and grey moustache, as he joined Lady Gaga, 35, to film scenes for House Of Gucci in Rome, Italy, on Thursday
Jared was dressed in a burnt copper checked suit teamed with a pink shirt and vibrant blue tie, with green loafers completing his costume for the movie directed by Ridley Scott.
The baby-faced star looked much older and balding, with a grey moustache and long grey hair, and bore a striking resemblance to Paolo Gucci.
The star was photographed chatting to Lady Gaga on the set of filming, with the musical icon dressed as Patrizia Reggiani in a purple frock.
Gaga boosted her height with classic black stilettos and wore a furry wrap to keep herself warm while titing a Gucci handbag.
In costume: Jared was dressed in a burnt copper checked suit teamed with a pink shirt and vibrant blue tie, with green loafers completing his costume for the movie
Drastically different: The actor donned a prosthetic receding hairline and heavy makeup to turn into the fashion designer Paolo Gucci (pictured left during filming and right in 2019)
Catch ups: The star was photographed chatting to Lady Gaga on the set of filming, with the musical icon dressed as Patrizia Reggiani in a purple frock
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight about his role in the film, Jared didn’t attempt to hide his excitement at working on the film.
He said: ‘The one and only Ridley Scott is directing — one of my favorite directors ever — with a cast that I’m blown away to be a part of.
‘There’s Lady Gaga, or as I call her, Lady Guhgah — the queen herself and just a terrific creative person and great actress.
‘Adam Driver’s in the film, again just a phenomenal actor. Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and on and on.
‘It’s the story of Gucci — which I didn’t even really know, and I’ve worked closely with Gucci for many years now. It’s a wild one.’
(Paolo Pictured in 1977)
(Pictured in 2019)
Indeed the story is jaw-dropping, Lady Gaga stars as the ‘black widow’ Patrizia Reggiani, opposite her on-screen husband Adam Driver, who is playing Maurizio Gucci, heir to the celebrated Italian fashion empire.
The film, which documents Reggiani’s sensational plot to murder her ex-husband, is based on the novel The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed by author Sara Gay Forden.
Reggiani was found guilty of paying a hit man €300,000 (£240,000) to murder 46–year–old Gucci, an heir to the fashion empire.
Her husband had left her for another woman 10 years previously after telling her he was going on a short business trip, from which he never returned.
She was also said to be furious her former husband had started seeing other women, and feared her daughters’ $170million inheritance was at risk if he remarried before ordering the hit.
She also wanted more than the $650,000 she had been offered in a divorce settlement, the court heard.
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.
Having Bambi by her side was a special privilege negotiated by her lawyers — however he was to suffer an unfortunate demise when a fellow inmate accidentally sat on him.
Well-known for her luxury lifestyle, Reggiani 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.
In 2017 a court ruled Reggiani was entitled to receive £900,000 a year from her ex-husband’s fortune and she was given a lump sum of £16million for her time in prison.
Maurizio Gucci was the grandson of Guccio Gucci, founder of the fashion company made famous with its double G logo.
In the early 1990s it was hit by problems and he sold the label for $120 million, just two years before his death.
The new film is scheduled to go on general release from November 24 2021.
The Gucci empire
The fashion empire of Gucci was founded in 1921 by Guccio Gucci, a Florentine leather merchant whose business of selling leather travel bags prospered after the Depression and World War Two.
Guccio’s son Aldo expanded the business into Paris, New York and Tokyo as the ‘twin Gs’ of the family name became a worldwide fashion icon.
By 1974, the Gucci empire numbered 14 stores and 46 franchised boutiques around the world.
At around the same time, celebrities like Jackie Kennedy were helping establish Gucci as the world’s leading fashion brand by embracing its products.
Maurizio Gucci, Guccio’s grandson and Aldo’s nephew, took control of the company from the board of directors after Aldo, who was sent to prison for tax evasion in 1986 aged 81.
However, Maurizio would be the last member of the family to head the Gucci business.
By 1989, nearly 50 per cent of the business had been bought out by Investcorp, a group of investment bankers angling for shares of the business.
In 1993, Maurizio sold his holding for $170m to a Bahrain-based investment company.