A funny thing happened on the way to filming the 1992 hit Bram Stoker’s Dracula. You see, Francis Ford Coppola wanted a beautiful ceremony befitting a reincarnated bride once betrothed to Nosferatu.
So the cagey director hired a real priest.
No, really. See for yourself in this creepy nuptials scene from the movie.
Yup. That’s Keanu, Winona, and a real Romanian priest in a very real Greek Orthodox church in downtown Los Angeles. The Guardian caught up with Coppola who shared his memory of the wedding. And yeah, it’s legit.
After filming concluded, Coppola said he was unhappy with a stylized version of the scene and decided that “having the real wedding ceremony as it might be in that religion [Greek Orthodox Christianity] would be beautiful”.
“…This is pretty authentic and I think very beautiful, because we actually did the ceremony and had the priest do the ceremony.,” Coppola said. “So in a sense, when we were all done, we realized that Keanu and Winona really are married as a result of this scene and this ceremony.”
That whole “authentic” thing could have been a legally binding marriage. How’s that for “method acting”, Frank?! This wedded bliss kerfuffle came to light when Winona was interviewed by Entertainment Weekly recently and unloaded this bombshell:
“We actually got married in Dracula. No, I swear to God, I think we’re married in real life. In that scene, Francis [Ford Coppola] used a real Romanian priest. We shot the master and he did the whole thing. So I think we’re married.”
Speaking of, Winona was shilling for her new movie coming out August 31. Oddly enough, with Keanu Reeves.
And strangely ironic, it’s called Destination Wedding. So, there’s that.