Coppola Disses Stars

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Coppola Disses Stars


Byline: Robyn-Denise Yourse, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Coppola disses stars

Director Francis Ford Coppola isn't biting his tongue in a surprising critique of three of America's greatest actors - Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson and Al Pacino - the New York Daily News notes.

No slouch himself, Mr. Coppola directed Mr. Pacino in "The Godfather" and Mr. Pacino and Mr. De Niro in "Godfather II" and was uncredited when directing Mr. Nicholson in the Roger Corman horror flick "The Terror."

Yet in the new GQ magazine, Mr. Coppola reveals that he's disappointed in the three as they have gotten older - and richer.

"I met both Pacino and De Niro when they were really on the come," Mr. Coppola tells GQ's Nate Penn. "They were young and insecure. Now Pacino is very rich, maybe because he never spends any money; he just puts it in his mattress. De Niro was deeply inspired by [Mr. Coppola's studio American] Zoetrope and created an empire and is wealthy and powerful.

"Nicholson was - when I met him and worked with him - he was always kind of a joker. He's got a little bit of a mean streak," Mr. Coppola continued. "He's intelligent, always wired in with the big guys and the big bosses of the studios.

"I don't know what any of them want anymore. I don't know that they want the same things. Pacino always wanted to do theater ... [He] will say, 'Oh, I was raised next to a furnace in New York, and I'm never going to go to LA.,' but they all live off the fat of the land."

Not one of the actors would comment, the Daily News said. According to the newspaper, Mr. De Niro and Mr. Pacino were on the set of Jon Avnet' s crime drama, "Righteous Kill."

Winehouse woes

Amy Winehouse's taxi-driver father, Mitch, deeply worried about her drug problem, has written a speech for his daughter's funeral, the Chicago Sun Times reports, citing an interview by Mr. Winehouse in the British edition of the free paper Metro.

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