“Spring break bitches!”
That was one of the more audible chants one could hear from the crowd of partying teenagers who jumped at the chance to be unpaid extras in Spring Breakers. And there was an annoying amount of “Yeah buddy” chants, too.
The flick, due out in 2013, features Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, and James Franco in the starring roles. Shooting in various secret locations around St. Petersburg for the last few weeks, this journalist found out where they would be rolling the cameras one day and decided to crash the party directed by the unorthodox Harmony Korine (Kids, Trash Humpers). Seriously, this guy makes some, uh, interesting, movies. And surprisingly, yours truly can still pass for a 21 year-old.
Although the accompanying vid-clip will tell the story, and will surely be the most entertaining part of this article, here are a few details that went on during the 3-4 hours this guy was “working.”
Shooting that day began just after sunrise and there was plenty of on-lookers wondering why guys with headsets, and armed with caution tape, were setting a perimeter on the beach. St. Pete Beach, specifically next to the TradeWinds Resort, was the playground for Harmony and his crew to pick-up a bunch of typical spring break shenanigans from a bunch of more-or-less young volunteers. But hey, they did provide the eager kiddies with lunch after making them jump up-and-down for hours in the 80 degree sun. Basically, a lot of what took place here was comparable to an amateur "Girls Gone Wild" video shoot.
From the usual funneling of beers by the fellas, to girls in bikinis deep-throating popsicles and flaunting their physical assets, some parents began to wonder why they allowed their kid(s) to sign the waiver and be a part of this product as the day wore on. Then again, some thought it was the grandest part of their trip.
Kathy Rhoades, whose daughter Alexandra was chosen as one of the centerpieces for an elaborate beach party sequence that was captured using a camera strapped on a circling ATV, was visiting from Columbus, Ohio on a little family vacation. Having her daughter in a possible R-rated feature didn’t bother her too much, but she did let out a quasi-nervous parental laugh when asked about her true thoughts about "Alex" dancing around on the set…
“Well, probably not overly thrilled because she has never seen an R-rated movie.”
Depending on the MPAA rating, she will soon my dear.
A father, who asked to remain anonymous, stated that he gave his teenage daughter just one piece of advice…
“I told her just don’t take her shirt off.”
His father of the year award is in the mail.
Amongst the scantily clad extras, the majority of them female (tough assignment, I know), director Harmony Korine spent most of his time standing on the outskirts of the shot and/or by the playback monitor, located about 10-15 yards away from the energetic first-time performers; and he just kept grinning at their actions as they held their respective props (empty keg cups, plastic beer bottles, and of course, popsicles).
In continuing this undercover mission of sorts; chatter with more parental units, some just as excited as their offspring were to be in a film with the former Disney starlets – who were on the beach set earlier that day, revealed that a good portion of them (kids) were definitely under the legal drinking age.
So if anything, Spring Breakers will have a somewhat realistic take on what happens during the month of March on beaches all over the state of Florida.
Now check out the video clip.
And no, I have no clue where Selena Gomez’s boyfriend, Justin Bieber, is staying.
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