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Overview (2)

Born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Roman Coppola was born on April 22, 1965 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France. He is a producer and writer, known for Moonrise Kingdom (2012), The Darjeeling Limited (2007) and Apocalypse Now (1979).

Trivia (14)

Cousin of Jason Schwartzman
Francis Ford Coppola's then-eight-year-old son appeared in his father's The Godfather: Part II (1974) as the young Sonny Corleone. "We had to curl his hair every morning", recalls Francis, "which he hated."
Brother of Sofia Coppola
Grandson of Carmine Coppola
Nephew of Talia Shire
Cousin of Robert Schwartzman.
Attended New York University Film School
Directs all of The Strokes music videos
Great-grandson of Francesco Pennino.
Sixth member of his family to be nominated for an Academy Award. Father Francis Ford Coppola won Best Screenplay for Patton (1970), The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974), and Best Picture and Director for the latter. Sister Sofia Coppola won Best Screenplay for Lost in Translation (2003). Aunt Talia Shire was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for The Godfather: Part II (1974) and Best Leading Actress for Rocky (1976). Grandfather Carmine Coppola won Best Original Score for The Godfather: Part II (1974). Cousin Nicolas Cage won Best Actor for Leaving Las Vegas (1995).
Brother of Gian-Carlo Coppola.
His father is of Italian descent. His mother is of British Isles ancestry.

Personal Quotes (28)

I've been enjoying 'Life on the Mississippi' by Mark Twain that I picked up at the airport randomly. It's very witty and interesting to read about his time as a steamboat pilot.
I am very much a person who appreciates perennial things. Things like a Lacoste shirt, a Clarks desert boot, Persol sunglasses and Vans shoes that have been the same forever. There are certain things that once you find it, you like it and it's done. I like Italian clothing, like suits from Battistoni and I have a shirt by Piero Albertelli.
There are a lot of very flamboyant and outlandish people and attention-seekers in L.A., and I think that's what makes L.A. appealing. A lot of people are attracted to come here to do things and make things happen and the city seems to attract larger-than-life characters.
I like things that are hand made - but personally for a man, I'm not interested in fashion that evolves with time. I like things to be the same. For a woman I think it's fantastic to have things that are different - it's like a flower where every season there's some new exotic bloom.
Japan is the most intoxicating place for me. In Kyoto, there's an inn called the Tawaraya which is quite extraordinary. The Japanese culture fascinates me: the food, the dress, the manners and the traditions. It's the travel experience that has moved me the most.
I'm a curious person. I pursue things based on what sparks my interest. I'm not thinking about what role I play. I don't have to be a movie director or this or that. I just want to be part of projects and places that are of interest to me.
Anything that you think is wild or fun, or can't wait to see or show your friends, go for it.
Relationship movies are often made for a female audience.
The more you travel, the better you get at it. It sounds silly, but with experience you learn how to pack the right way. I remember one of my first trips abroad, travelling around Europe by rail, fresh out of high school. I brought all these books with me and a paint set. I really had too much stuff, so I've learnt to be more economical.
Years go by. I go here, I go there, I have all sorts of adventures, and then I look back and say, 'Wow that's kind of an unusual way to live your life.'
In my films that I've directed, and my work in commercials and videos, I've rarely used handheld. It's just not something I'm drawn to, but I've seen it done very well.
I'm a writer and director, and the movie I've seen a million times is 'Stardust Memories' by Woody Allen, starring Woody Allen and Charlotte Rampling.
I love 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' and I love 'Bugsy Malone.' I haven't seen 'Bedknobs and Broomsticks' in a long time, but I remember loving it as a kid.
On 'Darjeeling,' I was on set every day and I acted as the second unit director and a producer on that film. I was there throughout the whole process. On 'Moonrise Kingdom,' I showed up for one day.
I really value distinctive movies, movies that feel that they came from a person that was really something that they had conceived and they made and is a reflection of who they are.
Movies are magical. Sometimes it just works, it catalyzes, and everything falls into place, and no one knows exactly how or why.
When I'm in London, Claridge's is a great favourite. I'm a big fan of art deco architecture and the rooms are extraordinary.
A movie that I'm involved with and have a lot of love for, which is 'On The Road,' does use a lot of handheld. It can be done beautifully. I'm proud of that. It's a very beautiful movie.
To make personal movies that you are the author of, is quite a difficult thing. It takes a lot of stamina.
Sometimes in writing you have difficult periods and then other times it just flows.
Don't imitate. Write what you know about, that has to be your goal.
Film is like eating to me. It feels completely natural.
It's not just people in Hollywood: I'm sure everyone in the world thinks, 'What would be it like if I won an Oscar?'
The short film project I just finished for W Hotels and Intel, I didn't have my script finished until a few days before we began filming. We edited it very quickly and now it's up online. It was great to conceive an idea and have it premiere just a few weeks later, compared to a feature, which takes a year or more.
I grew up in San Francisco and moved to L.A. about 20 years ago, and now my main home is in Hollywood.
That's a hobby of mine - to do whatever I can for unusual for-hire creative projects. I am waiting for someone to really challenge me - obviously I'm often approached to do film related work, but I would be very happy to design a bar or an amusement park ride. I would love to be an imagineer!
The director is the ultimate creative arbiter of what's going to happen. And as a director myself, you really appreciate collaborating with people who are trying to help you find what you need and what you want.
Recently, I was in Bernalda, my dad's ancestral home town in Italy. He has just refurbished a palazzo and turned it into a hotel, so we had my sister's wedding there. It was beautiful.

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