Coppola “was convinced he was going to fail”

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Oscar winner Francis Ford Coppola (82, “The Godfather”) did not previously have great confidence in his work as a director.

When his films were made, “there was more of a feeling of failure,” said Coppola in an interview with the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”. “I was convinced that I would fail, I wasn’t sure what the outcome would be. Some people loved it, others thought it was all terrible. In my head I had failed and then I was offered opportunities to fail even more dramatically. That’s roughly my memory. “

Coppola has just finished a new version of his film “The Outsiders“Launched in 1983. It is the newly cut film adaptation of a youth novel that tells of two rival gangs. Tom Cruise, who Coppola noticed even then, plays a supporting role. “From my experience with the young Tom Cruise – later in life I didn’t meet him again – I can say that he really wanted to be the best.”

Even back then, Cruise did physically dangerous things in front of the camera: “For example, he would rollover a handstand over cars. At the end of the film there is a big fight between the two warring gangs, and then he knocked out an incisor himself because he thought that it was otherwise not authentic enough. As a total supporting actor, for a few seconds of film. “

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