"It was a combination of a bunch of people," the writer/director said of Anna Faris's character in the 2003 film
To mark the film’s 20th anniversary, the writer-director, 52, spoke with Rolling Stone in an interview published Tuesday.
Because of its seemingly autobiographical nature regarding her relationship with her ex-husband, writer-director Spike Jonze, Coppola clarified whether she based Faris’s portrayal of the character Kelly, a superficial Hollywood actress, on Diaz.
“No. It really wasn’t based on her,” Coppola said. “It was a combination of a bunch of people. It was a type, so it wasn’t a diss on her. Someone else was more the personality of [Faris’s character]."
Lost in Translation follows the unlikely kinship Scarlett Johannson’s married college grad Charlotte and Bill Murray’s out-of-work actor Bob strike up while abroad in Tokyo as they contemplate their futures and feelings of loneliness.
Charlotte’s husband John (played by Giovanni Ribisi) — who would often neglect his wife while catching up with Kelly about their photography sessions back in the day — was widely believed to be a semi-fictionalized depiction of Jonze, 53.
"There are elements of Spike there, elements of experiences,” Coppola said of the film, according to a 2009 article from The Guardian.
This also led many fans of the Oscar-winning screenplay to speculate if Kelly was the onscreen version of Diaz since the actress worked with Jonze in his 1999 film Being John Malkovich.
Ten years after the release of Lost in Translation, Jonze came out with Her, which also stars Johansson, 38, in what Rolling Stone called a “not-so-subtle response” to Coppola's film.
Coppola admitted she has never watched her ex's 2013 film, which also went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
“I never saw it!” she told Rolling Stone. “From the trailer, it looks the same too. We have the same production designer. But I haven’t seen it. I know people really like that movie, but I haven’t seen it.”
“I don’t know if I want to see Rooney Mara as me,” added Coppola with a laugh.
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Coppola and Jonze married in 1999 after they met in 1992, and they divorced in 2003, citing “irreconcilable differences."
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