Francis Ford Coppola accused of trying to kiss extras on ‘Megalopolis’ set ahead of Cannes 2024 premiere


Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola Photo Credit: Angela Weiss

Amid anticipation of Francis Ford Coppola's upcoming MetropolitanAll set to debut at Cannes Film Festival, recent reports Guardian Controversy arose over Coppola's conduct during production.

The article alleges Coppola's behavior on set by crew members, particularly towards women, describing him as “old school”. The allegations include instances where Coppola allegedly pulled women onto his lap and attempted to kiss topless and scantily clad additional female cast members during a nightclub scene, reportedly claiming it was ” Was to get them in the mood.”

In defense of Coppola, executive co-producer Darren Demetre Metropolitandenied the claims, claiming that Coppola's conversation was friendly, and that no discomfort was expressed by those involved.

“There were two days when we shot a celebratory Studio 54-esque club scene, where Francis walked around the set giving the cast and background players hugs and kisses on the cheek to establish the spirit of the scene. This was his way of helping inspire and establish the atmosphere of the club, which was very important to the film. I was never aware of any complaints of harassment or ill-treatment during the project.”

Metropolitan It's a testament to Coppola's dedication that the veteran director invested $120 million of his personal funds into the project. Set in the post-disaster metropolis of New York City, the film features an ensemble cast led by Adam Driver, Giancarlo Esposito and Nathalie Emmanuel who portray characters embroiled in a struggle for the city's future.

Despite Demetre's defense, crew members decried Coppola's erratic behavior, citing examples of long delays and disorganization on set. Some expressed surprise, questioning Coppola's qualifications as a filmmaker.

In contrast, longtime friend Mike Figgis offered a contrary view, praising Coppola's ability to manage a wide-ranging production while simultaneously fulfilling directorial duties.

“To see an 84-year-old man put together that huge team, and him having enough brains to be able to direct the actors, the camera and everything. He would wake up every morning and make notes on his way to the set, or discuss his ideas with his son Roman. And after all, he's the manufacturer too, so he's thinking about his interest rate”, Figgis said.

Metropolitan It is set to premiere in competition at the Cannes Film Festival 20224 on May 17.

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