Salma Hayek is seen for the first time as Pina Auriemma on the House Of Gucci set
Salma Hayek has been seen for the first time on the set of new film House Of Gucci.
The actress, 54, is set to play the role of Pina Auriemma, who was a clairvoyant friend of ‘black widow’ Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga) and was sentenced to 25 years in prison after Maurizio Gucci’s murder trial in 1998.
While shooting the hotly-anticipated movie in Rome on Thursday, Salma donned in a statement brown Gucci tracksuit and sunglasses.
Here she is: Salma Hayek donned a brown Gucci tracksuit as she was seen for the first time on the set of new film House Of Gucci on Thursday
Salma seemed relaxed as she strolled around the set in her eye-catching ensemble, which boasted sparkling stripes and zips on the inner legs.
The star paired her two-piece with some black boots and a simple black T-shirt as well as a long necklace.
After stepping out of her trailer holding a brown paper bag, Salma was seen inside a car and chatting on the phone.
Role: The actress, 54, (left) is set to play the role of Pina Auriemma (right at the 1998 trial), who was a clairvoyant friend of ‘black widow’ Patrizia Reggiani and jailed for 25 years
She ensured to follow all coronavirus guidelines and donned a face mask for the journey.
Elsewhere on the shoot, Salma slipped into a smart leather midi-skirt and baggy top paired with some bright green heels.
Salma wore her brunette locks pinned back into a chic bun or twisted style throughout the day.
Salma is playing Pina Auriemma, who was Patrizia Gucci’s clairvoyant friend.
Quick break: Salma stepped out of her trailer holding onto a brown paper bag on Thursday
Chilled: She seemed relaxed as she strolled around the set in her eye-catching ensemble, which boasted sparkling stripes and zips on the inner legs
Costume? The star was also seen sporting a leather midi-skirt and loose-fitting top
Pina was sentenced to 25 years for allegedly organising the killing for a fee of around £250,000. Her sentence was reduced to 19 years on appeal, reports the Daily Beast.
According to the Daily Mail, Pina had been struggling with debts herself and claimed that ‘in a moment of weakness’ she gave in to her friend’s requests to find a hitman.
Patrizia, who showed up at the trial in 1998 dressed head-to-toe in Gucci clothing and accessories, claimed Pina hired the hitman without her authorisation and had then blackmailed her after the murder had taken place.
Pina, who now has anything to do with her old friend, previously told The Sun: ‘I have great remorse, even if I did not actively participate in the organisation of the murder.’
Italy24News reports that Pina was released from jail in 2010, after serving around 13 years of her sentence.
Movie House of Gucci documents Patrizia Reggiani Gucci’s (Lady Gaga) plot to murder her ex-husband Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver), with Reggiani found guilty of paying a hit man £240,000 to murder him in 1995.
Busy: Salma spoke on the phone while inside a car during the shoot day
Staying safe: She ensured to put on her mask while on the move
Smart: Salma’s hair was pulled back into a low bun
Splash of colour: The star added some metallic green heels to her second look of the day
Heading out: A driver took the wheel while the actress sat in the passenger seat
Reggiani put a hit out on her estranged husband after Gucci left her for another woman 10 years previously, telling her he was going on a short business trip from which he never returned.
Reggiani was also said to fear her daughters’ -Alessandra and Allegra- $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.
Reggiani eventually hired hitman Benedetto Ceraulo, a debt-ridden pizzeria owner who shot Gucci dead on the steps of his office in Milan as he arrived for work. Ceraulo was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Running lines? She seemed engrossed in her notepad while waiting around on set
Involved: Salma is playing Pina Auriemma, who was Patrizia Gucci’s clairvoyant friend
That’s the spirit: She donned a full Gucci tracksuit and black T-shirt
Multitasking: The star continued chatting as she negotiated her mask
Ready for court? Salma’s character Pina was sentenced to 25 years for allegedly having organised the killing for a fee of around £250,000
During the murder trial, which transfixed Italy, Reggiani arrived each day wearing head-to-toe Gucci clothes and accessories.
Reggiani was initially sentenced to 29 years in 1998, which was reduced to 26 on appeal. She served 18 before being released in October 2014.
As well as Patrizia, Pina and Benedetto’s sentences, the getaway driver and a night porter also involved in the murder were sentenced to 29 and 26 years in prison respectively.
Patrizia spent her time in Milan’s San Vittore Prison sleeping ‘a lot’ and taking care of her plants. She was also allowed to care for her pet ferret Bambi.
In 2011, Patrizia turned down the chance of being moved to an open prison where inmates were expected to work, saying: ‘I’ve never worked in my life and I’m certainly not going to start now.’
What a tale: According to the Daily Mail, Pina had been struggling with debts herself and claimed that ‘in a moment of weakness’ she gave in to her friend’s requests to find a hitman
Getting into character: The actress was a pal of Patrizia’s before the murder plot was revealed years after Gucci’s death (Salma is pictured on set on Thursday)
Flowing: Salma’s tight skirt was styled with a floaty shirt over a long-sleeved black top
All together: Several members of crew could be seen milling around on set
Well-known for her luxury lifestyle, Reggiani once said: ‘I’d rather cry in a Rolls than be happy on a bicycle’.
In 2017 a court ruled Reggiani was entitled to receive £900,000 a year from her ex-husband’s fortune.
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 film is based on the bestselling novel The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed by author Sara Gay Forden.
It is scheduled to go on general release from November 24th 2021.
Resentment: Patrizia Reggiani, nicknamed the ‘Black Widow’, was found guilty of paying a hit man €300,000 (£240,000) to murder Maurizio Gucci, 46, an heir to the fashion empire
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.
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