Pictures emerged of James Franco on the set of Harmony Korine’s new film Spring Breakers and as the pictures show, the Oscar-nominated actor now has braids for his new role.
Fuse TV are reporting that they have spoken to rapper Riff Raff via his Twitter (@RiFFRaFF_SODMG). He claims that the character Franco is playing is based on him and that he and Gucci Mane were approached by Harmony Korine to star in the movie. (The Fader has also reported about this.)
“Harmony Korine [the writer of Kids and director of Gummo] called my phone to be in this new movie Spring Breakers. I was out of the country.”
According to Riff Raff, Korine called him and said, “‘Yeah, man, I want you to be in this movie, but we only got a certain timeframe’ or whatever. ‘I wanted you in this movie with James Franco and Selena Gomez and Gucci Mane… But we’re already behind!’” So Riff Raff couldn’t be in the movie.
“The role I would have played would be like a drug dealer, or the friend of a drug dealer, Gucci Mane,” said Riff Raff. I asked him if James Franco was originally supposed to be in the movie as a different character. “James Franco was in the movie, but I was supposed to be in there also. Now James Franco is playing me.”
“I sent him a few things. But all you gotta do [to see how I dress] is search through my videos. I got a pretty distinct style, with the braids, the jewellery.”
On the movie as a whole, Riff Raff said, “I feel really kind of privileged because I got this big actor playing the role of me but at the same time, like, damn, I wish I was there…
“Even though I couldn’t be a part of this project, I’m still glad that James Franco could play the role of me. That’s like if Denzel Washington was playing the role of O.J. Simpson. Even though it’s not O.J. Simpson, O.J. Simpson still gotta be like, ‘Denzel Washington is playing me.’”