The second season of American Crime Story is upon us. The highly-anticipated follow-up to The People v. O.J. Simpson traces the tale of an entirely different, but no less horrific, crime: the 1997 murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace. And now that Ryan Murphy's anthology series is finally back, the time has come to compare the American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace actors to their real-life counterparts.
The real-life people featured in American Crime Story: Versace are a glamorous crowd. They include celebrities like Donatella Versace, Antonio D'Amico, and of course, Gianni himself. It only makes sense that Murphy called on superstars to fill out his ACS cast. Penélope Cruz dons Donatella's signature blonde locks, while Ricky Martin takes a turn as Antonio. And then there's the culprit, Andrew Cunanan – you'll never look at Darren Criss the same way again.
If you were glued to your screen during Season 1 of American Crime Story, then you're definitely going to want to tune in for this compelling examination of Versace and the man who ended his life. Check out the ACS: Versace actors versus the actual people below, and see who has the eeriest resemblance.
Edgar Ramirez As Gianni Versace
Edgar Ramirez channels Gianni Versace's steadfast stare and flair for vivid colors.
Versace was 50 when he was killed. Prior to his death, the fashion designer had become the renowned head of one of the most creative labels in the industry. He was also something of a pioneer for the queer community, as he did not hide his sexuality and lived openly as a gay man with his partner, Antonio D'Amico.
Cunanan was intelligent – he had an IQ of 147 – but he was troubled. He reportedly descended into a depression in 1996, after one of his older male lovers broke up with him. In 1997, Cunanan went on a killing spree that resulted in the deaths of five people, including Gianni Versace. Eight days after shooting Versace, he took his own life with the murder weapon.
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M*A*S*H star Mike Farrell plays Lee Miglin.
Miglin was the third victim of Andrew Cunanan, though the Miglin family denies that Cunanan and Miglin had any kind of relationship prior to the murder. Miglin was a real estate mogul, based in Chicago. His May 4, 1997 murder was described by the Chicago Tribune as being especially gruesome:
"It was a murder that would be considered vicious in any Chicago neighborhood, let alone the city's most expensive, and its details caused even some veteran police officers to blanch."
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Penélope Cruz wanted to make sure she had Donatella Versace's permission to portray her in the series. She says the two are on good terms, though the Versace family refuses to endorse the show.
Before she took over the company for her late brother, Donatella was in charge of Versus Versace. Gianni created the diffusion brand as a gift to his sister. After Gianni's murder, Donatella took full creative control of the Versace label. She spoke to The Guardian about the immense pressure that was heaped upon her at the time:
“When my brother was murdered, I had the eyes of the whole world on me and 99 percent of them thought I wasn’t going to make it. And maybe I thought the same, at first. My brother was the king, and my whole world had crashed around me.”
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