“I was astonished because it wasn’t true, and I have nothing but respect and admiration” for Pacino, De Niro and Nicholson, Coppola said. “These are the three greatest actors in the world today and they are my friends. So I have nothing but affection for them.” It is Francis Ford Coppola’s first movie in a decade, and the Oscar-winning director said Saturday that audiences should be in no hurry before deciding if “Youth Without Youth” is good or bad. “Youth Without Youth” is Coppola’s first movie since “The Rainmaker” in 1997. It had its public premiere Saturday night at the Rome Film Festival. At an earlier screening for the press, reactions were mixed, and Coppola asked people to see it more than once. “When you venture into new territories … you know that it’s different than `Spider-Man’ or `Shrek’ or other films that are immediately met with success. So part of being an artist who wants to look at new areas (is knowing that) it will take awhile for people to be familiar with the film. I only ask you to think that my film was interesting.” Also Saturday, Coppola said his comments in the November issue of GQ magazine were taken out of context. He was quoted as saying Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Jack Nicholson have become apathetic and lost their passion for taking on good roles. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!