The director recieved a lot of backlash for her portrayal of Mary Corleone, but Coppola believes it only made her stronger.
The 1990 film is regarded as the worst movie of The Godfather trilogy, and sadly most of the criticism comes from Sofia Coppola's performance. Then a 19-year-old, young Coppola stepped in to replace Winona Ryder as a favor to her father, the legendary Francis Ford Coppola.
As a re-edition of The Godfather III comes, Sofia Coppola adresses the subject of backlash that would've depressed anyone but her.
Mary Corleone, the character she played, is at the center of the film. Her father, played by Al Pacino, tries to shelter Mary from the nasty world of mobsters and a relationship with her cousin Vincent, played by Andy García. This new edit, named Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, considerably cuts boring lines she delivered in various scenes of the original film.
In a recent interview with The New York Times, the Lost In Translation director revealed that she knew her father was under a lot of pressure, since Winona Ryder abandoned the project due to illness, and Paramount Pictures wanted the film to premiere in time for Christmas. So, having worked with her father before, she decided to help out.
She said that it was embarassing to be thrown out to the public in that kind of way, but stated "it wasn’t my dream to be an actress, so I wasn’t crushed. I had other interests. It didn’t destroy me."
The talented director concluded by saying she learned a valuable lesson about creativity and showbusiness: "It taught me that as a creative person, you have to put your work out there… It toughens you up. I know it’s a cliché, but it can make you stronger".