Shooting on location at Los Angeles' legendary Chateau Marmont hotel with a small crew and no trucks, director Sofia Coppola ("Lost in Translation," "Marie Antoinette") was able to reduce the carbon footprint of her new movie "Somewhere." "We did what we could not to make waste, didn't use a lot of lights, and we all had our own water bottles," says Coppola, whose film opens in limited release Dec. 22 and wider in January.
"Somewhere" stars Stephen Dorff as Johnny Marco, a spoiled, Peter Pan-ish, emotionally adrift bad boy movie star whose reconnection with his young daughter makes him realize it's time to grow up. "He's kind of a combination of a bunch of people," is all Coppola (pictured right) will say when asked if he's based on any real actors, though Colin Farrell is reportedly among them. "It's an inside peek at Hollywood life that you don't usually get to see."
"He's gotten very famous very fast, he's living a very decadent lifestyle and is at a very dangerous place inside," says Dorff of Marco, who he calls "an adolescent father" and one of the most important roles of his career. Next fall, he'll star in the big-budget 3D action movie "Immortals" with Mickey Rourke and Freida Pinto as Stavros, "a good guy with a bad edge." Also coming up, he'll play a porn star in the Adam Sandler comedy "Born to be a Star," and he has a small role as an anthropology professor in "Rites of Passage." As for green living, "I recycle, do the basics," he says, adding that he does what he can "to keep our planet beautiful."
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Elle Fanning, the 12-year-old younger sister of actress Dakota Fanning, who plays Dorff's daughter Cleo, got the role because she's "radiant and smart and wise but still a kid," says Coppola. Fanning trained every morning before and after school for three months to pull off an ice skating routine and bonded with Dorff over frozen yogurt, pottery-making at Color Me Mine, and similar tastes: "We both bite our nails and like our food really crispy," Fanning says of her fellow Georgia native.
Acting since she played the younger version of Dakota's character in "I Am Sam" at age two and with J.J. Abrams' "Super 8" and Francis Ford Coppola's "Twixt Now and Sunrise" already on tap for 2011, as well as Cameron Crowe's "We Bought a Zoo" next on her schedule, Fanning is following in her sister's successful footsteps. "Looking at the choices she's made has helped me," she says, "She'll visit me on the set of my movies and I'll do the same for her. We always hope that we could play sisters in a movie."
She's an avid recycler at home and at her environmentally conscious school. "We even have Green Day when we dress up in green and bring recyclable lunch. It happens every month," she says. "It's a big deal."
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