What Went Down on 'American Crime Story: Versace'

What Went Down on 'American Crime Story: Versace'

The limited series, directed by Ryan Murphy, premiered last night on FX.

The limited series, directed by Ryan Murphy, premiered last night on FX.

Text: Megan Armstrong

American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace did not waste time before amping up the eerie. The FX series, directed by Ryan Murphy, who also headed up the award-winning American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson in 2016, debuted with "The Man Who Would Be Vogue" for last night's big premiere.

In the opening sequence, viewers see Gianni Versace--played by Edgar Ramirez--contently starting his morning with a stroll through his Casa Casuarina mansion on sun-soaked Miami Beach. That footage is spliced with Andrew Cunanan--as portrayed by former Glee star Darren Criss--who is seen sitting on the beach, tortured and manic, toying with a gun in his backpack before running into the ocean and screaming. Cunanan would soon shoot Versace at his mansion's gate, a murder at point-blank range: his fifth, final and most famous victim of serial killing that happened on July 15, 1997. Cunanan's duplicitous and sociopathic personality is on full display for viewers, but we've only scratched the surface of how demented he truly is.

After the series premiere, Ramirez appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. "Ryan (Murphy) has an amazing talent to identify stories that are both dramatically gripping and, at the same time, they're socially and culturally relevant," the actor said. "I think that is that combination that makes the anthology of American Crime Story so interesting because -- the underlying theme of our show, it's homophobia."

Cunanan was able to keep on with his killing because he was killing gay men in the 1990s. It wasn't until he killed one of the most famous gay men in the world that he became the hunted. It seems that the rest of the season will bring viewers closer than ever to the edge of Cunanan's deviant obsession with status. Murphy and his astounding cast do not promise to reveal motive or definitively answer any questions that have been left unanswered for 20 years, but they do promise context, new perspective. So far, they're delivering.

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