Gina Gershon Channels Donatella Versace

09/06/2013 at 09:45 AM EDT

Gina Gershon Channels Donatella Versace
Gina Gershon; Donatella Versace
Lifetime; REX USA
Donatella Versace is no stranger to parody.

On Saturday Night Live, Maya Rudolph famously portrayed a chain-smoking, stumbling, mumbling version of the Italian designer who could scarcely be understood until she screamed her tagline, "Now get out!"

Gina Gershon now takes on the stormy blond fashion icon for the upcoming Lifetime original movie House of Versace, and the actress, 51, is looking the part.

Gershon emanates Versace with her faraway gaze and signature pout, which the actress perfected by stuffing a bit of cotton under her upper lip.

"It's movie magic," Gershon tells the New York Post. "A little tape and glue."

"Her physicality is so different from mine, the way she stands and walks and speaks," she said. "It was a good exercise in concentration for me in trying to maintain that truthfulness."

The movie is based on Deborah Ball's book House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival, which chronicles the ups and downs of the fashion house and the family behind it, most notably the murder of Gianni, who was gunned down outside his Miami home in 1997.

House of Versace premieres on Lifetime Oct. 5.

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