Francis Ford Coppola, 85, Accused of Inappropriate Behavior on 'Megalopolis' Set

Controversy surrounds Coppola's latest film, 'Megalopolis,' amid accusations

by Zain ul Abedin
Francis Ford Coppola, 85, Accused of Inappropriate Behavior on 'Megalopolis' Set
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Francis Ford Coppola, the esteemed 85-year-old director, faces allegations of inappropriate conduct during the production of his forthcoming film, "Megalopolis." According to a report by The Guardian, Coppola is accused of trying to kiss some of the t-pless and scantily clad female extras on set.

The Guardian's detailed report highlights that multiple insiders described Coppola's behavior as "old school" when it came to interactions with women. Eyewitnesses recounted an incident during the filming of a club scene where Coppola allegedly attempted to kiss several female extras.

Darren Demetre, a producer on "Megalopolis," defended Coppola, explaining that the director's actions were meant to set a tone for the scene. "There were two days when we shot a celebratory Studio 54-esque club scene where Francis walked around the set to establish the spirit of the scene by giving kind hugs and kisses on the cheek to the cast and background players," Demetre said.

He emphasized that Coppola's gestures were intended to inspire and create the desired atmosphere for the film.

Producer Defends Coppola

Demetre, who also served as an executive producer and first assistant director on the project, stated that he was unaware of any complaints regarding harassment or inappropriate behavior during the production.

He praised Coppola for successfully managing the film's complex production, which features an ensemble cast led by Adam Driver. "Francis successfully produced and directed an enormous independent film, making all the difficult decisions to ensure it was delivered on time and on budget, while remaining true to his creative vision," Demetre said.

Despite this defense, The Guardian's report suggests that not all crew members were satisfied with their experience on set. The production reportedly saw significant turnover in its visual effects and art teams, with some crew members expressing frustration over Coppola's disorganized approach and insistence on overseeing all aspects of the film.

One crew member remarked, "There were times when we were all standing around going: 'Has this guy ever made a movie before?'" Another added, "We were all aware that we were participating in what might be a really sad finish to his career." The report also highlighted the impact of Coppola's personal life on the production.

His wife, Eleanor Coppola, was ill during the filming and passed away at the age of 87 last month. A spokesperson told The Guardian that Eleanor was present on set until her illness prevented her from being there.