Francis Ford Coppola agrees with Winona Ryder's claim that she must have been married to co-star Keanu Reeves during the shoot of the 1992 fantasy drama, 'Bram Stroker's Dracula'. The director asserted that in a particular scene, the couple actually took their vows in front of a real priest. Disappointed regarding a staged wedding, which according to Coppola, did not look real enough to satisfy his creative needs, the director later filmed the scene in a Greek Orthodox church in Los Angeles, along with a real priest.
He explained, “This is pretty authentic and I think very beautiful because we actually did the ceremony and had the priest do the ceremony. So in a sense, when we were all done, we realized that Keanu and Winona really are married as a result of this scene and this ceremony.” His statement almost seemed to resonate with what Ryder had earlier told Entertainment Weekly about the scene.
While promoting her upcoming movie with Reeves, the rom-com 'Destination Wedding', Ryder said, “We actually got married in Dracula. No, I swear to god I think we’re married in real life.” She went on to reveal that Coppola had actually asked a real Romanian priest to take over the ceremony. “We shot the master and he did the whole thing. So I think we’re married.” While Reeves took the reference as a joke and simply said, “It’s lovely to see you again”, Ryder mentioned that both of them had said their “I dos” which in a way signifies that the pair is married.
When Ryder cleared Reeves' doubt about the wedding and confirmed that both had actually said yes (“Don’t you remember that? It was on Valentine’s Day.”), Reeves only exclaimed, “Oh my gosh, we’re married.” The 90s onscreen goth couple will once again be seen together for their reluctant love story 'Destination Wedding' which is supposed to hit theatres on August 31. It is their fourth film together, after 'Dracula', 'A Scanner Darkly' and 'The Private Lives of Pippa Lee'.
Watch the trailer for 'Destination Wedding' below: