Saturday 16 December 2017

Coppola: My pain over son's death

Francis Ford Coppola got emotional when talking about his son's death
Francis Ford Coppola got emotional when talking about his son's death

Francis Ford Coppola has revealed his new film helped him explore his feelings about the death of his son.

The director - whose new film Twixt stars Val Kilmer as a writer who gets entangled in a murder mystery involving a young girl - lost his eldest son Gian-Carlo in a tragic speedboat accident in 1986.

Speaking at the Toronto International Film Festival, Francis fought back tears as he explained: "I didn't know that it would lead me to something that I haven't ever admitted to myself.

"Every parent feels that they're responsible for what happens to your kid and you don't let yourself off on that. I didn't realise how much I felt personally responsible for what happened those 24 years ago, because I should have been there."

Budding film producer Gian-Carlo, 22, died instantly when the boat he was travelling in, driven by Ryan O'Neal's son Griffin, struck a tow line.

An emotional Francis added: "It was the time to own up to the fact that deep down in my heart I felt responsible because I could have gone, he wanted me to go, and somehow it just took me there and I'm grateful... that I could have that understanding.

"Whether I'll feel better I don't know. But I do think parents, no matter what happens to your kid, they could say oh he had a cold in nursery school, you feel responsible. In my case I felt really responsible, and felt it was appropriate to have the character Hall that Val was playing."

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