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Keanu Reeves
Refused To Follow
This Director's
Note While
Filming Dracula
By NICK STANIFORTH
As far as mellow movie stars go, Keanu Reeves undoubtedly deserves to be somewhere in the top ten — and even then, he'd probably be polite enough to let someone else go in front. But surprisingly, Reeves’ affable mindset caused him some conflict with his director during one of his most star-studded movies from the 90s, “Bram Stoker’s Dracula.”
In a 2020 interview, Reeves co-star Winona Ryder recalled an occasion on the set where he refused a request of renowned director Francis Ford Coppola. Ryder explained that Coppola would hurl verbal abuse, in one instance shouting "You whore!" at her to evoke tears from the actress. When that failed, he asked the other male actors to jump in.
She said, “Literally, Richard E. Grant, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu [Reeves] ... Francis was trying to get all of them to yell things that would make me cry. But Keanu wouldn't, Anthony wouldn't. It just didn't work.” The “Stranger Things” star then recalled that from Reeves' refusal, a friendship bloomed that lasted years.