Keanu Reeves refused orders to shout abuse at Winona Ryder on Dracula set

Winona Ryder has revealed Keanu Reeves once refused a director’s orders to shout at her on the set of Dracula.

Winona and Reeves starred in the 1992 adaptation of Bram Stoker’s vampire novel, with the actress playing Dracula’s target Mina Harker and Reeves her fiancé.

Winona claimed that during a scene in which Gary Oldman’s Dracula turned into a pile of rats, director Francis Ford Coppola repeatedly yelled, ‘You w***e’ at her off-camera, in a bid to make her believably cry.

Francis tried to get the film’s male cast to join in, too, according to Winona.

And Keanu confirmed his legend status once again by simply refusing to take part.

‘To put it in context I’m supposed to be crying,’ Winona told The Sunday Times.

‘Literally, Richard E Grant, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu… Francis was trying to get all of them to yell things that would make me cry.

‘But Keanu wouldn’t, Anthony wouldn’t… It just didn’t work. I was, like, really? It kind of did the opposite.’

The Stranger Things star said she and Francis are ‘good now’, and that the experience led to a long-time friendship with Keanu.

After Dracula, the pair worked together three more times: in 2006’s A Scanner Darkly, 2009’s The Private Lives of Pippa Lee and Destination Wedding in 2018.

Winona admitted it was ‘really rough’ hearing the bad reviews to Destination Wedding, a romcom in which the pair played mismatched guests at a wedding.

She said: ‘It got the worst reviews. That movie, for some reason, every reviewer was like, “This is the worst movie in the world,” and it was really rough.”

If, like us, you cried a small river over Winona’s story of Keanu’s heroism on the Dracula set, then you’re in luck – the actor’s currently offering fans a 15-minute date with him.

The John Wick star – who is reprising the role of Neo in The Matrix 4 – is auctioning off a Zoom chat with himself in aid of children’s cancer charity  Camp Rainbow Gold.

Fans will have to be on their best behaviour though, as Keanu will cancel the call if the winner displays ‘inappropriate behaviour’.

The Zoom call is valued at $10,000 (£8000) with the highest bid at $75,000 (£60,000) at the time of writing.

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