How did you two end up working with Harmony Korine?
After our Vice interview went viral, so many producers and directors were hitting us up, and Harmony was one of them. He lives in Nashville, and we happened to be going there with the rapper Yelawolf to do a photo shoot, so it was a good opportunity for us to meet with him and chop it up face-to-face. The whole time we talked to him, our number one agenda was to get some pussy. That night, we partied our asses off and kept telling Harmony, “Yo, we gotta get some pussy tonight!” He must have thought that was funny, because the next day we woke up to a text message from him asking if we got any pussy.
And did you?
Of course. We fucked this badass Asian chick who was super fuckin’ hot. Harmony was so stoked on that.
I'm working on Harmony Korine's movie Spring Breakers now, and Skrillex is doing original music for us. I had heard of Skrillex, but I wasn't watching it that closely. And Harmony, who I've worked with forever, sent me a link to some Skrillex YouTubes, and I saw one had 54 million hits-- I thought he had somehow figured out a way to manipulate the numbers. And then it dawns on you: There are kids that are never going to buy a record. They're just going to play songs on YouTube.
Alaric wrote:RIff Raff = Rap Game Andy Kaufman. This dude cannot be real. If he is, the universe is a lot weirder than I gave it credit for.
santebal wrote:Alaric wrote:RIff Raff = Rap Game Andy Kaufman. This dude cannot be real. If he is, the universe is a lot weirder than I gave it credit for.
EDIT: shit, the video was removed. It shows Riff Raff and Dirt Nasty high as shit eating shrimp cocktails and cracking jokes. Riff Raff is dressed casually with a southern accent without the ghetto slang his character has. It's all an act. After I watched this video, I liked him a lot more.
Harmony Korine: This is unbelievable puttanesca, Skrillex. You made this yourself?
Skrillex: I did. I love to cook.
James Franco: It's really spicy. Love it. You know the translation for "puttanesca" is "whore's style spaghetti." I learned that in an immersion Italian course at Columbia. [Laughs] I only picked up a bit, though, because I had, like, nine jobs that semester.
Gucci Mane: GUCCI!
Skrillex: Interesting. Anyway, thanks for agreeing to meet up, guys. I wanted to talk to you all about your characters, so I can live in them, really get a sense of them. James, tell me about yours.
Franco: Sure. He's a white rapper named Alien with a gun fetish who was inspired by Riff Raff. [Giggles] Wait, what was that? Did somebody just yell "Swag"?
Skrillex: I didn't hear anything. Anyway, Gucci, tell me about your character.
Korine: Gucci is a black rapper who was, in real life, inspired by aliens. I love the symmetry of his character with James' character. I like the balance. Art. I am an artist. Does anyone have any Brillo Pads?
Korine: I just told Gucci to be Gucci. Most of what he says is incomprehensible, but that's what drew me to him. His language is his art, sort of like mine.
Skrillex: So tell me about Spring Breakers. It's a bunch of scantily-clad girls with Disney pedigrees hot-boxing blow and snorting marijuana and shooting guns and doing sexy things with their sexy parts? What's the plot?
Korine: Like all of my movies, there is no plot. Basically I took Gummo out of Ohio, plopped it in Florida and replaced the inbreeds with hot girls.
Franco: Nice. [Giggles]
Korine: Yeah. It's the whore's style spaghetti of movies, if that makes sense.
Skrillex: It does not.
Franco: Um, I hate to be that guy, but are we going to be done here soon? I'm working a shift at the Enterprise Rental Car up the street in about half an hour.
Skrillex: Yeah, James. I think I've got everything I need.
Mane: BRICK SQUAD!
Skrillex: One last thing, though. Are you guys actually enjoying the pasta I made? I can't work with people who aren't honest with me. I demand honesty.
Korine: That's why I asked you to be a part of this project. Art is honesty. Honesty is art. I'm an artist. And yes, I'm enjoying it, because it's literally the first thing I've eaten in 14 days.
Franco: It's really great, man. For serious. I was a sous chef for three weeks at Mario Batali's Babbo. This is as good as anything we cooked there. [Giggles]
Korine: I honestly feel like I cannot eat this fast enough.
Mane: I'm stealthy, healthy, wealthy, ya try me? I probably show a nigga how to drive a jet ski.*
Skrillex: I'm not sure what that means.
Korine: No one knows what it means. No one knows what anything Gucci says means. He's got a song called "Food Plug" where he just says "I got a food plug, plug, plug, plug" over and over. No clue what that is. There's not even an entry for "food plug" on Urban Dictionary. The guy makes no sense. He is my muse.
Korine: You know, this may just be the withdrawl talking, but I think we should add another Alien. I mean, like a doppleganger for your character James. Someone who looks EXACTLY like your character. If only we could FIND someone like that.
Riff Raff: (Emerging from the bushes) Swag.
Korine: Is that you, Riff Raff, coming from the darkness into the light? It couldn't be -- you've come to save this film, to save us all.
Riff Raff: Swag.
Korine: So then I assume you heard our conversation and have come to play the part of Alien's doppleganger?
Riff Raff: Huh? Nah. I stopped listening. I just got hungry. Yo, where that whore spaghetti at?
Here the audio becomes murky as a scuffle ensues, culminating in what sounds something like a wheezing Korine attempting to stab Riff Raff with a head of cauliflower. Finally, the sound of flatulence and then the mic cuts out entirely. According to European news reports, Korine is now on the run from the Italian police, while Skrillex is in the process of recording a tribute song to the late white rapper, called "Scary Diamond Pendants and Delicious Sprite."
*This is an actual Gucci Mane lyric, from the song "What I Do."
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