Franics Ford Coppola on the current state of cinema and Keanu Reeves' terrible accent in "Bram Stoker's Dracula"

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"We knew that it was tough for him to affect an English accent. He tried so hard. That was the problem, actually — he wanted to do it perfectly and in trying to do it perfectly it came off as stilted. I tried to get him to just relax with it and not do it so fastidiously. So maybe I wasn’t as critical of him, but that’s because I like him personally so much. To this day he’s a prince in my eyes."

"People always lament the state of American movies because the studio pictures are so much all the same. But the independent American film tradition with Steven Soderberg and Wes Anderson and Paul Thomas Anderson and Tamara Jenkins — there’s just one great director after another. David O. Russell, Alexander Payne, James Gray. And, with them, all these wonderful actors. We’re living in a bounty. People are always lamenting the old restaurant that closed after 50 years, but they don’t realize that at the same time it closes, five more restaurants have opened that are going to be around for 30 years."

[EW]
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