Gina Gershon Looks Unrecognizable as Donatella Versace in Film Transformation: Picture

Gina Gershon as Donatella Versace
Gina Gershon underwent a major movie transformation to play Donatella Versace in the upcoming Lifetime original movie, House of Versace. Lifetime; Craig Barritt/Getty (inset)

Gina Gershon spared no details getting into character as iconic fashion designer Donatella Versace for the upcoming Lifetime original movie House of Versace. The Killer Joe actress, 51, looks nearly identical to the designer in a newly released promo image for the movie, right down to the stick-straight platinum-blonde hair and pout.

In the photo, Gershon perches on a luxurious pink-and-silver armchair, her eyelids heavy to mimic Versace's steady gaze and her lips turned down in Versace's signature pout. 

According to The New York Post, the actress recreated the fashion maven's pout with the help of cotton stuffed under her upper lips; her nose was "reshaped" with the use of plenty of makeup to highlight and contour her face, the movie's make-up artist, Kathy Kelso, told the Post.

"She goes through an evolution — she physically changes, as we all know, and it was important to be as truthful about that as possible," Gershon told the paper. "It's movie magic — a little tape and glue."

The movie, debuting Oct. 5, will also star Enrico Colantoni as Donatella's late brother Gianni Versace, Colm Feore as brother Santo Versace and Raquel Welch as their Aunt Lucia. The screenplay is based on Deborah Hall's book House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder and Survival, and follows Versace's struggle to take over the fashion house following Gianni's brutal murder in 1997.

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