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Gia Coppola tells all about Andrew Garfield’s ‘Mainstream’ fake penis

How do you get actor Andrew Garfield — Tony Award winner, former Spider-Man — to faucet into his inside Johnny Knoxville?

Have the true man readily available, stated director Gia Coppola.

The “Jackass” sequence creator performs a small position in Coppola’s new film, “Mainstream,” out Friday, which stars Garfield as a charismatic drifter who turns into an web sensation. For a number of the movie’s greatest scenes, Coppola tapped Knoxville’s pranking recommendation. “That’s actually his artwork type,” she advised The Publish over Zoom. “And a lot of the content material on this [current internet] world is an homage to ‘Jackass,’ creating these sorts of stunts.”

Therefore, she options one scene during which Garfield’s character runs down a serious LA avenue, sporting a fake penis — and never a lot else.

Maya Hawke plays an aspiring filmmaker who sees the Johnny Knoxville-esque character No One Special (Andrew Garfield) as her muse.
Maya Hawke performs an aspiring filmmaker who sees the Johnny Knoxville-esque character No One Particular (Andrew Garfield) as her muse.
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“Initially, this was written as a a lot tamer stunt,” she stated. “However I requested Andrew, ‘Would you be down for doing this on Hollywood Boulevard?’ And he was like, ‘Hell, yeah!’ After which he went additional and determined so as to add a prosthetic d - - ok, as a substitute of us simply blurring out nude underwear.”

That is the second movie from 34-year-old Coppola, whose household identify is synonymous with moviemaking: Her grandfather is Francis Ford Coppola, and her aunt is Sofia Coppola. Nicolas Cage is one cousin of many. 

Gia Coppola
“Mainstream” is the second movie from director Gia Coppola.
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Her sophomore movie, after 2013’s “Palo Alto,” sees Garfield’s mysterious, hyperenergetic character intersecting with an aspiring filmmaker (Maya Hawke of “Stranger Issues”) and changing into her muse. Their YouTube collaboration along with her author greatest good friend (Nat Wolff of “The Stand“) finally ends up bringing them fame, and the madness that may include it. “I used to be excited to have somebody like Andrew, who is usually solid because the hero, for this character who’s wild and massive and loopy,” Coppola stated. “To let him run free and experiment with it.” 

In one other scene, Garfield’s character, who calls himself No One Particular, seems on a panel of real-life personalities, together with notorious YouTuber Jake Paul, Japanese mannequin and TV persona Rola, and make-up artist Patrick Starr. What none of them knew, other than Knoxville because the scene’s fictional host, was that Garfield deliberate to freak out, leap up on the desk and seem to make use of it as a bathroom. 

“We lower out that half within the script,” Coppola stated she advised Paul and the others. “We solely had one alternative to essentially try to shock them. It was enjoyable to have Knoxville round to determine easy methods to execute it.”

Reactions to the meltdown diverse wildly. “Rola’s intestine response was simply to remain there. Jake Paul pulled out his digital camera. And Patrick simply bolted.”

Coppola additionally solid her cousin Jason Schwartzman, as a sleazy agent to the trio. Behind the digital camera, she stated, he was a font of help. “Jason is hilarious, he’s nonstop. I ask questions, and he simply runs wild.” 

Coppola’s cousin Jason Schwartzman (right) also stars in “Mainstream,” as a sleazy talent agent.
Coppola’s cousin Jason Schwartzman (proper) additionally stars in “Mainstream,” as a sleazy expertise agent.
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As for the director’s emotions about on-line tradition, she will sum it up in a single scene: “When Maya’s character throws up [animated] emoji, that was how I used to be feeling. Inundated with content material. I actually wanted to get it off my chest.”

After the vicarious cinematic purge, she stated she feels significantly better. “My relationship with social media has actually been relieved!”

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