Paris Hilton Attends Cannes Film Festival For ‘The Bling Ring’ With River Viiperi
Paris Hilton and her boyfriend River Viiperi walked the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday. The socialite appears as herself in Sophia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, which premiered at the French Riviera film festival yesterday.
The Bling Ring is a ripped-from-the-headlines story about celebrity obsessed house burglars who tore through the Hollywood Hills homes of the rich and famous, making out with millions worth of items from Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom and others. Coppola, after taking on the project, realized that Hilton’s home would be difficult to replicate on a set. The director asked Hilton, who was robbed a total of five time, if she could use her home to film.
Hilton was happy to oblige. “[They] stole millions of dollars of my things: Birkin bags, family heirlooms, jewelry that was in my family for years, and then they sold it on Venice Beach like a yard sale,” she told The Hollywood Reporter before the film’s premiere at Cannes. “I haven’t seen the film yet… I’m going to have to close my eyes for fear of seeing what they really did.”
Not wanting to make celebrities out of the young criminals featured in her latest directorial effort, Coppola wisely changed their names. The filmmaker realized that it was their communal desire for fame and fortune that instigated their banditry, and served to make them less than remorseful once caught and had their story blasted across the headlines. In fact, when meeting with a couple of the celeb-home burglars, Coppola said that the one of girls still wanted desperately to meet Hilton’s dog.
“Trust me,” said Hilton. “I would not have done it if [Coppola] weren’t directing. I didn’t even know all of what they did in my house till she told me about it.”
The Bling Ring is due in theaters this summer.