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Darren Criss Talks Playing Spree Killer Andrew Cunanan in The Assassination of Gianni Versace

The second series in Ryan Murphy‘s American Crime Story franchise premieres tonight with the story of the murder of Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace (Edgar Ramirez) outside his palatial Miami Beach home in 1997 at the hands of spree killer Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss).

Inspired by actual events and based on the book Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth, The Assassination of Gianni Versace begins with the shooting of Versace outside his home in South Beach, but also traces the cross-country, three-month spree of murders committed by Cunanan and examines how cultural homophobia and prejudice delayed law enforcement’s capture of the murderer.

Parade.com spoke to the former Glee star about getting inside the head of the murderer who was on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List.

Is this the most difficult role you’ve played?

An actor’s job playing anybody has to take into account not only the worst moments, but the best moments, and

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Darren Criss finds way into serial killer’s mind in ‘Gianni Versace’ series

There was more to Andrew Cunanan’s story than the murder of Gianni Versace. In “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” viewers get to see what led up to that day. Darren Criss, from “Glee,” plays Cunanan.

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Starstruck Darren Criss Performed a Ricky Martin Song for Ricky Martin While Shooting Versace

Darren Criss didn’t get to spend too much onscreen time with his American Crime Story costars — but they more than made up for it when the cameras weren’t rolling.

During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday, Criss opened up about shooting the upcoming FX series, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, which chronicles the 1997 murder of the Italian designer outside his Miami Beach home at the hands of Andrew Cunanan, played by Criss.

“He was a spree killer, a very troubled young man who does not follow the typical prerequisites of a killer,” said Criss, 30, of Cunanan. “He didn’t kill small animals as a child, or have a history of violence. Such is the exploration of our show — how a kid with so much promise becomes somebody so destructive.”

Asked if he had “fun” playing the killer, Criss said, “I don’t

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Darren Criss on Hanging Out with Ricky Martin for Versace Crime …

Darren Criss didn’t get to spend too much onscreen time with his American Crime Story costars — but they more than made up for it when the cameras weren’t rolling.

During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday, Criss opened up about shooting the upcoming FX series, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, which chronicles the 1997 murder of the Italian designer outside his Miami Beach home at the hands of Andrew Cunanan, played by Criss.

“He was a spree killer, a very troubled young man who does not follow the typical prerequisites of a killer,” said Criss, 30, of Cunanan. “He didn’t kill small animals as a child, or have a history of violence. Such is the exploration of our show — how a kid with so much promise becomes somebody so destructive.”

Asked if he had “fun” playing the killer, Criss said, “I don’t

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Darren Criss Is the Season’s New Song + Dance Serial Killer

Darren Criss Is the Season’s New Song + Dance Serial Killer

Turns out, you don’t need to be of the screen or stage to be an actor. Case in point: Andrew Cunanan. In the pilot of FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” alone, we see the 27-year-old slip in and out of elaborate personae and biographical fabrications like a Versace model changing before the runway. Was Cunanan really warding off Gianni Versace’s advances at a San Francisco club in 1990 (as he tells his friends), or was he the young stranger groveling for the fashion designer’s attention with boldfaced flattery and stories of the old country? Did he really work on his military pilot father’s pineapple plantation in the Philippines before

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Darren Criss finds way into serial killer’s mind in ‘Gianni Versace’ series

LOS ANGELES – When the cast of “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” shot at the fashion designer’s Miami home, the feeling was overwhelming, according to actor Darren Criss.

“You had this sense of that which was and that which was taken away,” he says. “This is where it happened. It was the stairs. It was the street. Everything is as it was. Only the stains have been removed.”

In the FX miniseries, Criss plays Andrew Cunanan, the man responsible for Versace’s death. A serial killer, Cunanan was responsible for at least five deaths, including one in Minneapolis that reportedly began his spree. Enamored with Versace’s extravagant lifestyle, he made his way to Miami where he shot the designer on the steps of his mansion. Eight days later, Cunanan committed suicide on a houseboat. Since he didn’t leave a note, writers have had to speculate about his motive.

To play the

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Darren Criss finds way into serial killer’s mind in ‘Gianni Versace …

LOS ANGELES – When the cast of “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” shot at the fashion designer’s Miami home, the feeling was overwhelming, according to actor Darren Criss.

“You had this sense of that which was and that which was taken away,” he says. “This is where it happened. It was the stairs. It was the street. Everything is as it was. Only the stains have been removed.”

In the FX miniseries, Criss plays Andrew Cunanan, the man responsible for Versace’s death. A serial killer, Cunanan was responsible for at least five deaths, including one in Minneapolis that reportedly began his spree. Enamored with Versace’s extravagant lifestyle, he made his way to Miami where he shot the designer on the steps of his mansion. Eight days later, Cunanan committed suicide on a houseboat. Since he didn’t leave a note, writers have had to speculate about his motive.

To play the

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Darren Criss Is The Next Sarah Paulson

Where to Stream:

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story


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This time two years ago, you probably only vaguely knew who actress Sarah Paulson was, if you knew her at all. So now, let’s go ahead and take a temperature check when it comes to your current familiarity with Darren Criss. Lemme guess…Glee, maybe? Well, we’re just days away from that changing significantly.

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story was a career and life-changing role for Paulson. Portraying Marcia Clark put her on the map, on more screens, and on the minds of average television consumers. Before that, her consistent career included appearing in executive producer Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story and picking up critical kudos for her roles in Martha

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Darren Criss Is The Next Sarah Paulson | Decider

Where to Stream:

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story


  • Netflix

  • Amazon
  • More Options

This time two years ago, you probably only vaguely knew who actress Sarah Paulson was, if you knew her at all. So now, let’s go ahead and take a temperature check when it comes to your current familiarity with Darren Criss. Lemme guess…Glee, maybe? Well, we’re just days away from that changing significantly.

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story was a career and life-changing role for Paulson. Portraying Marcia Clark put her on the map, on more screens, and on the minds of average television consumers. Before that, her consistent career included appearing in executive producer Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story and picking up critical kudos for her roles in Martha

Read more at: https://decider.com/2018/01/03/darren-criss-is-the-next-sarah-paulson/

Darren Criss Is Seriously Creepy As Versace’s Killer In American Crime Story Teaser

An in-depth first look at The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story is here! Or second look, if we’re counting that NFSW, cold sweat-inducing nude pic of star Darren Criss.

Anyway, in the new clip, we see Criss — fully clothed — as Andrew Cunanan, a “spree killer in the 1990s who climaxed with the very public murder of Gianni Versace,” executive producer Brad Simpson describes.

“This particular manhunt is the largest failed FBI manhunt in history,” Criss says of his character, who literally introduces himself to a guy in a club as a serial killer.

His chilling character’s sociopathic tendencies escalate when another man notices Cunanan identifying himself as gay to gay people and straight to straight people. “I tell people what they need to hear,” he replies.

But it’s not until the former Glee star deadpans, “I am so

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