The latest directorial offering from famous daughter Sofia Coppola, The Bling Ring, reveals her unconventional side, in terms of what she put her band of young stars through to craft this movie. Depicting the lifestyle of the celebrity-obsessed teens of Los Angeles, this movie amply floods light on fashion conscious kids who dream of leading lives like their favorite celebrities. They desire to afford the luxury materials and plunge into white elephant chase – but money does matter. That’s why they dive into crime, in a way. That is the movie in a nutshell. Director Sofia Coppola thinks these young burglars are byproducts of the glitzy LA culture and reveals eight unknown truths of The Bling Ring.
Though The Bling Ring is a story of freaky teenagers, it is a new age Hollywood film and it may drop kids into reality: Whoever pursues the unreasonable glamours in life. Sofia, without losing anything in translation, wants to showcase the minds of some young burglars in this film. And things really heat up.
As if channeling her famous and brilliant father, Copola reveals some unconventional methods, during the making of the movie. Some of the more interesting angles are mentioned here:
A lot of the scenes were filmed inside Paris Hilton’s home. Sofia thinks herself lucky as Paris let them shoot inside her house. Filming inside her house was an adventure for Coppola, since the socialite lives in a gated community where filming is not allowed.
Emma Watson said she researched her role of burglary mastermind Nicki Moore by watching “a ton of reality TV” like The Hills and Keeping Up with The Kardashians. She also listened to Britney Spears’s Femme Fatale album to get into the skin of her character.
Prior to shooting, Coppola made the cast fake-burgle a house to see what goes wrong or what mistakes they can make.
Coppola had conversations with convicted burglar Nick Prugo, who provided the basis for one of the movie’s characters, Marc. Prugo and his gang reportedly stole over $3 million from celebrity homes.
Paris Hilton and Kirsten Dunst have cameos in The Bling Ring to make things easier for Coppola.
Actress Misha Barton, whose arrest in a drink driving charge in 2008 has a passing reference in the film, recently lashed out at Coppola on Twitter: “Really #sofiacoppola #theblingring my name? Shame on you.”
Apart from Emma Watson, the other six actors in this tale are largely unknown. Emma is supposed to play a great role as the burglar queen.
Two young burglars were consultants on the film, one of them is now the subject of a Los Angeles Police Department internal affairs investigation.
Coppola herself may not relate to The Bling Ring, but she is quite hopeful about the young actors. She finds it easier to stand behind the camera than stand in front of it. Though the subject is superficial, Coppola aims for a dream come back to the industry. With The Bling Ring she has returned to her fascination with youth, the idle rich culture she had dealt with in her last film, Somewhere. This time, she hopes for another Lost in Translation to seduce Hollywood to her way.
Written by: Jayeeta Shamsul