–noun patronage bestowed or favoritism shown on the basis of family relationship, as in business and politics. In the entertainment industry, this is known as Hollywood NepotismTM. Talent not required.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Nepotism and Lawsuits

Francis Ford Coppola's nepotistic nephew, Nicolas Cage, is suing Kathleen Turner over allegations made in her autobiography about his behavior on the film set of When Peggy Sue Got Married (1986). Turner alleges that Cage acted out to displace the sentiment that he got the role purely out of nepotism. Among the allegations, Turner states that:

"He caused so many problems. He was arrested twice for drunk-driving and, I think, once for stealing a dog. He'd come across a chihuahua he liked and stuck it in his jacket."

"On the last night of filming, he came into my trailer after he'd clearly been drinking heavily. He fell on his knees and asked if I could ever forgive him. I said, "Not right now. I have a scene to shoot. Excuse me," and just walked out."

"Nicolas didn't manage to kill the film, but he didn't add a lot to it, either. For years, whenever I saw him, he'd apologise for his behaviour. I'd say: "Look, I'm way over it." But I haven't pursued the idea of working with him again."

To see our entry on Cage, click here.

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