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Darren Criss on Versace Family’s Criticism of American Crime Story: “They Don’t Know What We’re Doing”

The actor who plays Andrew Cunanan, the late fashion designer’s killer, responds to the family’s disapproval.

By Tamara Palmer
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Darren Criss, who is playing the controversial role of Gianni Versace's killer Andrew Cunanan in the forthcoming TV series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, doesn't seem to be concerned that Versace's family has denounced the show as a work of fiction.

"They don't know what we're doing," Criss told Andy Cohen on Radio Andy.

He doesn't acknowledge that the family might be upset to see Versace's murder play out for the entertainment of TV viewers, but he does want to clear up that the series is ultimately more about Cunanan than Versace, despite the title.

"That's the easy response — it's easy for me, because the story of Andrew Cunanan, except for the one part which is the show's namesake, is the only time where their stories are sort of intertwined. But for the most part, Andrew's story has nothing to do [with Versace] and I think that's sort of a misnomer. It's that Gianni Versace is the ultimate symbol of what is like at the top of Andrew's desire. Everything he wants and cannot have is embodied by Gianni Versace. So they parallel each other even though they're not exactly in each other's lives like this entire story. The work is based off a book of non-fiction, so we're going off that."

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