Ricky Martin was dwelling in Miami when Gianni Versace was murdered in 1997.
And Martin — who performs Versace’s associate, Antonio D’Amico, in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” — says he’s shocked by how lengthy it took native police and the FBI to search out Versace’s killer, Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss).
“Miami’s a really small city. It’s very straightforward to search out individuals,” says Martin, 46. “And [Cunanan] wasn’t even hiding.” In documenting Versace’s homicide, Ryan Murphy’s FX miniseries exposes the numerous errors made because the police and FBI pursued Cunanan, who killed 4 males in 12 days earlier than gunning down Versace on the steps of his South Seaside mansion.
“He went to a pawn store and bought one thing and confirmed his ID. And he signed the paper as Andrew P. Cunanan,” says Martin. “There’s a second [in the miniseries] the place the FBI agent opens the [car] trunk and also you see all of the [10 Most Wanted] fliers. And the opposite agent asks, ‘How come all these flyers are in your trunk?’”
The actual D’Amico.Getty ImagesD’Amico cradled Versace (Édgar Ramírez) on the steps of his villa after Cunanan shot him on July 14, 1997. Martin says he’d been invited “many occasions” to the villa, Casa Casuarina, whereas he lived in Miami, however that he by no means went — till the morning he filmed the brutal homicide scene. He remained secluded contained in the ornate dwelling, “simply discovering the feelings and all the pieces. And there was a second the place I stated, ‘Please, say Motion. I’m prepared, I’m prepared.’”
Martin says D’Amico spoke to him earlier than manufacturing began about his relationship with Versace — a supply of battle with Versace’s sister Donatella (Penelope Cruz). “He informed me, ‘My relationship with Gianni was stunning and filled with respect.’ He stated, ‘We have been free. We have been open.’ If somebody talked dangerous about Antonio, Gianni would change into a lion and defend him. After 15 years, it’s not a sport. It’s an actual relationship.”
Within the sequence, Donatella doesn’t see it that means, blaming D’Amico for bringing strangers into the home for threesomes. Though Martin and Cruz are buddies, Martin says, “Penelope informed me, ‘Ricky, you possibly can’t be good to me as a result of I’m not supposed to love you.’ And I’d strive. I’d strive for [Donatella] to love me. However it wasn’t taking place.”
In his will, Versace left D’Amico roughly $30,000 a month, “inflation proof,” for all times. Based on Maureen Orth’s ebook, “Vulgar Favors” — the sequence’ supply materials — Donatella and her brother Santo Versace negotiated with D’Amico to take these funds in a single lump sum.
“The unhappy factor is again then [Versace and D’Amico] couldn’t marry,” says Martin, who married his associate, Jwan Yusuf, in 2017. “In the event that they have been married, the legal guidelines would shield Antonio. And that was not the case.”
Martin dismisses the Versace firm’s criticism that the sequence is a “work of fiction,” citing Orth’s ebook, together with sources who say that Versace and Cunanan met seven years earlier in a San Francisco membership known as Colossus.[D’Amico, who lives in Italy, has said Versace never met Cunanan.]
Martin is requested why he thinks Cunanan perpetrated his crimes, however has no concrete reply.
“Nobody is aware of. And nobody will ever know,” he says. “It makes me actually indignant. It’s not that [Versace is] useless. It’s why did we enable it to occur.”
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace” 10 p.m. Wednesday on FX