There are many things that we question about the upcoming American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace. Can Ricky Martin act? Why would you not cast Lady Gaga as Donatella? How much ‘90s nostalgia can Ryan Murphy fit into nine episodes?
One thing we don’t understand why anyone would question is Darren Criss’ lack of clothing. The former Glee star portrays Andrew Cunanan, the serial killer responsible for the death of the iconic fashion designer. Back in May, he was spotted by fans in Miami Beach, filming a scene that called for a wardrobe only consisting of a red Speedo.
Afterward, he took to Instagram with a very risqué photo of himself sunburnt and completely naked, dangling the red Speedo in front of his crotch. The caption read, “So what’s more red? My sunburn, my Speedo, or YOUR FACE?? #ACSVersace”
If you’ve seen the photo, you can probably agree that the third option is the correct answer. It was certainly a welcome addition to everyone’s Instagram feeds for that day. But for some reason, someone felt the need for Criss to explain his public nudity during his recent appearance on the Ladygang Podcast.
“I was wearing this ridiculous red Speedo thing and thank god it was for the show because pictures had come out, the paparazzi had caught us,” he explained. “We’re shooting a scene on the beach and it’s Miami. It’s fair game, we’re out in the open so there are photos of me in a scene with Max Greenfield, and I’m in this red Speedo and I look kind of ridiculous. We’re all kind of giggling about this on set, like, ‘Oh my god, this is getting picked up.’ And I kind of wanted to take it back for myself. At the end of that day, I was completely sunburned and was essentially the same color as the Speedo, and so I’m looking at myself in the mirror thinking this is too funny. So, after those photos went out, I was like, ‘I have a better photo.’ So that was that.”
We assure you, Darren, the only thing people think you look in that “outfit” is ridiculously sexy. But way to take back your body and show it the way you want. Feel free to do it as much as you feel comfortable!