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Sofia Coppola film stars Playboy's Karissa and Kristina Shannon, twins cast via Google

09/14/2010 by Corinne Heller

Playboy_V Karissa and Kristina Shannon, Playboy models and former girlfriends of founder Hugh Hefner, have small parts in Sofia Coppola's new movie Somewhere and the twins say a casting director found them through Google.

"It was an offered part for us," Karissa Shannon told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "They found us through Playboy PR. They just saw us on Google and they needed hot twins and we were on Google. I play Cindy, she plays Bambi."

Googling "Playboy Twins" brings up the 20-year-old twins, who were Playboy magazine's Miss July 2009 and Miss August 2009. The two starred in the E! reality show The Girls Next Door, which showcased the lives of Hefner's girlfriends at the Playboy Mansion, between 2008 and 2009. They moved out of the property around January.

The twins grew up in Florida and are identical, although Karissa Shannon has a mole on her neck. The women frequent the Los Angeles party scene and raised eyebrows when they were photographed kissing at the Playboy Mansion in August.

They did not detail what their characters do in Coppola's new film, Somewhere, which offers viewers a glance at the life of an A-list actor  called Johnny Marco, played by Stephen Dorff.

In the movie, Marco stays at the posh hotel the Chateau Marmont following the breakdown on his marriage. Throughout the film, he re-examines his life after the unxpected arrival of his 11-year-old daughter, played by Elle Fanning, sister of 16-year-old Twilight actor Dakota Fanning.

Marco takes pills, drinks alcohol and parties with Hollywood's elite as well as scantily-clad pole dancers, whom he invites to perform in his room.

Somewhere is set for release on Christmas Eve - December 24 - and also stars Michelle Monaghan, Benicio Del Toro and Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner's former live-in girlfriends, twins Kristina and Karissa Shannon. Sofia Coppola's father, Francis Ford Coppolam is one of Somewhere's executive producers.

"We spent a lot of time going out, living in hotels when we were on location with my dad, so I always find when you are living in a hotel it's like a world in itself," the Reuters news wire quoted Sofia Coppola as saying at the Venice Film Festival.

Sofia Coppola, who won an Oscar for her screenplay for the 2003 film Lost in Translation, added that she wanted "to tell the story from a guy's point of view, something about the emotional life of men who are different for me."

Check out the video interview with Karissa and Kristina Shannon, carried out by reporter Rachel Smith at Capcom's launch of the Lonely Planet 2 video game earlier this year"


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