I met Coppola through my daughter, Erika, who knows many celebrated people. FFC (Coppola) owns a nice house in the French Quarter, which by the way is filled with tons of memorabilia. FFC loves to cook and he cooked our supper and we shared wine from his vineyard.
Jeff: He was barefooted and dressed in shorts and an open shirt.
At first it was difficult for me to suppress the million of questions I was dying to ask about his films and experiences, but I held off until after dinner. He is also a fan of illusion; hence, there was much common ground to discuss illusion, cinema, and other kinds of magic. He is also a member of the Magic Castle.
FFC is very laid back and still enthused about projects, although he laments the current state of filmexcept for some of the Indie stuff. His daughter is married to Spike Jonze.
There is another film director who lives here: Taylor Hackford (married to Helen Mirren). He is currently shooting Unchain My Heart (Ray Charles bio-pic) in Louisiana. Much of the footage was shot in my neighborhood in Algiers Point. Ive had some interesting discussions with him, as well. He is also a fan of magic.
Harry Shearer (many voices of "The Simpsons") lives here part of the time, as well. He is currently in the pic, A Mighty Wind. Some of you may remember This Is Spinal Tap? He did one of the best impersonations of David Copperfield in the history of mimickry.