Sofia Coppola’s ‘Somewhere’ a ‘portrait of modern-day L.A.’ In crafting her latest drama-edy “Somewhere,” director Sofia Coppola revealed in an interview how Los Angeles served as her muse while she was in Paris.

“It started with wanting to write about Los Angeles, and I was living in Paris at the time. So thinking about Los Angeles, this character came into mind, that Stephen Dorff plays, and then I wanted to do a portrait of this guy and it took its shape from there. And then the character of his daughter came after, and that evolved into kind of the father/daughter part of the story,” the director tells MTV News.

In making the film, Coppola was set in her ways in terms of what she wanted to create and held off on showing a cut to her father, Francis Ford Coppola, until she was done. In the past, the female helmer admitted on previous projects “Sometimes I’ll show him [something] earlier on.”

Part of her inspiration to dote on Los Angeles in “Somewhere” stemmed from “there hasn’t been a portrait of modern-day L.A.” said Coppola citing “Shampoo” and “American Gigolo” as her must-see films about the City of Angels.

Focus Features unspools “Somewhere” on December 22. IMDB describes the plot as:

Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) is a bad-boy actor stumbling through a life of excess at the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Hollywood. With an unexpected visit from his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning), Johnny is forced to look at the questions we must all confront.

Added Coppola: “ I was just looking at how tabloid culture was while I was living in France. You know, there’s always stuff about the Chateau Marmont. I remember going there when I was in college, and now it’s so different with our reality TV shows and paparazzi around there. There wasn’t Us Weekly when I lived there. It was a different world and I started with wanting to do something set in that world.”


Photo Credit: Focus Features

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