As American Crime Story moves forward through the season, it is actually moving backward in time, painting a picture of how Andrew Cunanan came to murder five people in cold blood, culminating in the shooting and death of Gianni Versace in Miami. Early on, the show puts forth a theory that Cunanan and Versace met seven years before the fashion designer was killed, an assertion the Versace family vehemently denies, but something Maureen Orth’s book Vulgar Favors says absolutely did happen.
In order to credibly depict this meeting, the American Crime Story producers told me that they presented the encounter from Cunanan’s perspective; by having an established liar be the source material, it left things up to the audience to decide what was true. Standing in for the audience in this situation are Elizabeth Cote (Annaleigh Ashford) and her husband, Philip Merrill (Nico Evers-Swindell), listening as Cunanan regales them with the story of how he met Versace at a club.
We haven’t seen Cote or Merrill on screen since that first episode, but as more of Cunanan’s life story is filled in, it seems likely that they (or at least Cote) will reappear because Cote and Cunanan were actually very…
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