Winona Ryder recently revealed that Francis Ford Coppola asked her co-stars including Keanu Reeves to abuse her, in order to make her crying look genuine in one of the scenes from 1992’s Dracula.
But, it seems that there was more to the story, and legendary director Francis Ford Coppola has finally reacted to it. He has something else to say which doesn’t match up with the anecdote shared by Winona Ryder.
Winona was quoted in The Sunday Times, saying “To put it in context I’m supposed to be crying. Literally, Richard E Grant, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu … Francis was trying to get all of them to yell things that would make me cry. But Keanu wouldn’t, Anthony wouldn’t … It just didn’t work. I was, like, really? It kind of did the opposite.”
While having a conversation with People, Francis Ford Coppola has denied the statements made by Winona Ryder and said, “While I think Winona is a wonderful actor, the incident she described is not how it happened, and shouting or abusing people isn’t something I do as a person or as a filmmaker.”
Francis Ford Coppola further adds, “In this situation, which I remember clearly, I instructed Gary Oldman – in character as Dracula – to whisper improvised words to her and the other characters, making them as horrific and evil as he could. I don’t know what was said, but improvisation is a common filmmaking practice.”
Winona Ryder’s spokesperson issued a statement saying, “Winona and Francis are in agreement and his recollection is correct. He asked the actors in character to say horrible things to Winona as a technique to help her cry for the scene. Although that technique didn’t work for her, she loves and respects him and considers it a great privilege to have worked with him.”