10 Unknown Facts About Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola, the famous American film director, producer and screenwriter, born on 7 April 1939, actually received his middle name Ford in honor of Henry Ford, the automobile manufacturer. He was also born in Henry Ford Hospital.
- During his childhood he contracted polio and was bedridden for a very long time. He spent those times creating his homemade puppet theater.
- Academically he was a mediocre student, but he had a great interest in engineering and technology. His friends had nicknamed him as “Science.”
- Unlike others he attended 23 various schools before graduating from “Great Neck North School.” He had won a music scholarship to New York Military Academy.
- He wrote the script for the movie “Patton” in 1966 but was fired from the movie as Fox Studio objected to the opening scene with Patton’s speech. Ironically he won his first Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the movie.
- During the filming of “The Godfather” in 1972, Paramount pictures frequently tried to replace him accusing him of casting errors and unnecessary expenses and not on schedule. However he finished the movie well within the budget and ahead of schedule.
- He had written the outline of his 1974 movie “The Conversation” in 1966 itself, but was not able to get the financing for the production until “The Godfather” became a huge hit.
- Coppola was against the idea of his sister auditioning for the role of Connie in “The Godfather”, as he thought she was too pretty for the role. He however agreed on Mario Puzo’s request.
- Edmund H. North was credited with co-writing the screenplay along with Coppola for “Patton”; however both of them did not meet each other until collecting their awards.
- Coppola’s family members played one or the other part in the movie “The Godfather” including his sister, Talia Shire, his mother, Italia Coppola, his father, Carmine Coppola, his sons Roman and Gian-Carlo Coppola and his daughter Sofia Coppola.
- A Blue Mercedes shown during the last scene of the movie “The Conversation” was won in a bet by Coppola from Paramount Pictures. He was promised a new car by the studio if “The Godfather” was successful to a specific amount. When it was a big hit, Coppola along with George Lucas bought the car and asked the salesman to bill Paramount Pictures.