Lady Gaga has revealed that the viral line of dialogue she utters in the House of Gucci trailer was an ad-lib.
Upon the release of the trailer, fans went wild for a scene where Gaga’s character, Patrizia Gucci, recites “Father, Son and House of Gucci” while making the sign of the cross.
“I would do it in the trailer all the time,” Gaga told Variety at the Thursday night (18 November) premiere of the film in Los Angeles.
“I was doing it in the trailer and then something about that scene when we were doing it felt right. We did it, and it’s a testament to Ridley Scott as a director because he uses the stuff. He uses the creativity. He uses the love.”
Screenwriter Roberto Bentivegna told the publication: “That was Gaga the ad-libber at work. It’s iconic. Amazing. There was so many great ad libs that didn’t make the cut. That was certainly a great one.”
“They just had such a great time riffing,” he said of the actors. “I think that some writers might feel like their words are precious and everything has to be respected, but for me it was joyful. It was like they’re feeling it.
“It’s like music. It’s like they’re jamming and the melody is taking them to this awesome improvisation. I was very flattered that they felt like doing that.”
Gaga stars alongside Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Salma Hayek, Jared Leto and Jeremy Irons in the film.
House of Gucci, which is out on 26 November, is based on Sara Gay Forden’s nonfiction book The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed.