“We couldn’t be more proud to revisit history in this way.”
Recently on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez touched upon his latest role in the series “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.” In this series, Ramirez plays the role of Gianni Versace, the iconic fashion designer whose life and career was brought to a tragic end when he was shot and killed in 1997 by serial killer Andrew Cunanan.
Fallon was shocked when Ramirez informed him that the scene of Versace’s assassination was filmed at the exact same house and in the spot Versace himself was murdered. This scene was something that haunted Ramirez because he couldn’t help but think about Versace lying on the ground and being able to hear all of the chaos around him, considering that he wasn’t confirmed dead until 40 minutes after he was shot.
There’s another element in this crime series that Ramirez appreciates. When Ramirez talks about the producer of the show, Ryan Murphy, he says, “Ryan has an amazing talent to identify stories that are both dramatically gripping and at the same time they’re socially and culturally relevant.”
For the first season of “American Crime Story,” “The People v O.J. Simpson,” the series not only gives you details about O.J. Simpson’s case, but also highlights social issues on class and racism. This is the element that Ramirez appreciates about “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” – it not only focuses on the details of Versace’s murder, but also highlights homophobia in the ’90s.
Ramirez couldn’t be more proud to be part of this series, which premiered on January 17 and will continue to air on FX with a total of nine episodes. Catch it every Wednesday night.