Friday, October 19, 2007

"Coppola criticises acting legends"


Coppola criticises acting legends

Film director Francis Ford Coppola has hit out at acting greats Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Jack Nicholson, saying the trio lacked "passion".

The five-time Oscar-winner told GQ magazine they "all live off the fat of the land" and did not have ambition.

The 68-year-old maker of the Godfather trilogy said De Niro, one of his leading men, "never spends any money - he just puts it in his mattress".

He claimed Pacino always harboured ambitions to act in theatrical classics and added the actor once said: "Oh, I was raised next to a furnace in New York and I'm never going to go to Los Angeles."

The actor was Oscar-nominated for his peformances in the first two parts of The Godfather triology.

The film-maker compared the trio to younger actors, saying that they lack the conviction to get really stuck into a role.

"I don't feel that kind of passion to do a role and be great coming from these guys, because if it was there, they would do it.

"I mean, they're all in a position to do it," Coppola added. "I don't know what any of them want any more."

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