Sofia Coppola's Oscar-winning Lost in Translation was a semi-autobiographical project for the writer-director. Giovanni Ribisi's celebrity photographer, the husband to Scarlett Johansson's Charlotte, has long been said to be an exaggerated portrayal of Coppola's ex-husband, filmmaker Spike Jonze.
Many interpreted Jonze's 2013 film Her, also starring Johansson, as a response of sorts to Lost in Translation, with Rooney Mara's character the supposed stand-in for Coppola. "I never saw it," Coppola told Rolling Stone when asked about the film. "From the trailer, it looks the same [as Lost in Translation], too. We have the same production designer. But I haven't seen it."
She continued, "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."
Warner Bros. Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix in 'Her'
The personal nature of the film also led director Michel Gondry to confront Coppola over the representation of Jonze. "He apologized to me about that. He scolded me at my premiere, but he apologized," Coppola said. "He thought he was defending Spike, but he was putting me down at my premiere. It came out of him trying to be a good friend to Spike."
The Marie Antoinette director also refuted rumors that Anna Faris' character, a celebrity who had a flirty relationship with Ribisi's John, was based on actress Cameron Diaz. "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' character]."
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