Winona Ryder Says Keanu Reeves Refused Coppola’s Direction to Insult Her on ‘Dracula’ Set
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Winona Ryder told The Sunday Times (via The Independent) in a new interview that her longstanding friendship with Keanu Reeves on the set of "Dracula" began when Reeves refused to insult his co-star to make her cry during a scene bring to. Reeves was instructed to do so by "Dracula" director Francis Ford Coppola. In the scene in question, Gary Oldman's Dracula turned into a bunch of rats, and Ryder's Mina Harker was shocked. Ryder was supposed to cry during the scene, but had trouble producing tears during her shots.
According to Ryder, Coppola believed he could make her cry on the set by hurling insults at her. The director stood in front of the camera and supposedly shouted "You whore!" at Ryder to insult her to tears, but that direction didn't work. Ryder said that at that point Coppola was trying to get the film's male actors to make Ryder cry.
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"To put it in context, I'm supposed to cry," said Ryder. "Literally, Richard E. Grant, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu [Reeves] ... Francis tried to get them all to scream things that would make me cry. But Keanu wouldn't, Anthony wouldn't. It just didn't work. I really was? It did the opposite. "
Reeves' refusal to insult Ryder was the beginning of a friendship spanning decades. "Dracula" arrived early in both careers and was a box office success that raised $ 215 million worldwide with a budget of $ 40 million. Reeves and Ryder would reunite for "A Scanner Darkly" (2006), "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" (2009) and "Destination Wedding" (2018). Ryder remembered that the gritty critical take for the latter romantic comedy was a bit difficult to bear.
"It has the worst ratings," said Ryder. "For some reason, every reviewer said," This is the worst film in the world, "and it was really rough."
As for Coppola, Ryder told The Times that she and the Oscar winner are "now good". Ryder is currently in the middle of Emmy's season for her side appearance in David Simon's HBO limited series "The Plot Against America". "Destination Wedding" was Ryder's last feature film release. The role of the actress in the successful Netflix series "Stranger Things" will continue in the upcoming fourth season.
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