‘Spring Breakers’ is Harmony Korine’s latest project starring Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Vanessa Hudgens and Rachel Korine. The four stars are featured in the May 2020 issue of Interview magazine and talk about their new movie which also stars James Franco. “When Harmony told me who he was going to cast, I thought it was perfect for so many reasons,” Franco told the magazine. “The young actresses are so excited to do a movie like this with someone like Harmony. They were so eager and enthusiastic to be a part of it.”
Speaking about her role, Selena Gomez says that, “I was getting kind of repetitive in terms of the roles I was picking, and I really wanted to do something that was completely different. It was a mark thing for me – like, ‘This is what I want to be doing.’ I want to be taking myself seriously as an actress, and this was definitely a stretch.” She next adds that, “I mean, I’d never smoked a cigarette before in my entire life. It was really funny – they had to show me how to do it.”
Ashley Benson confesses that, “Harmony wanted to break us all out of the good-girl mold. For Selena, Vanessa, and me, our audience is all in their teens or younger, so they’re not even going to be able to see this when it comes out — it’s not appropriate.”
According to Harmony Korine, the movie is more like a social experiment. “I liked the idea of the film as a social experiment. It was like there were two movies — the actual movie, and then the one that the media, paparazzi, and the people tweeting photos were also creating,” he told Interview magazine.
In the movie, four college students land in jail after robbing a restaurant to fund their spring break trip. The girls are bailed out by Alien (Franco), a drug-dealer and gunrunner, who seduces the girls into his world. “When I wrote the script, I started thinking about girls in bikinis with guns, wearing ski masks,” Korine says. “I was like, ‘Where would you see that?’ And the idea of spring break came to me. I just started imagining girls on spring break robbing places.”
Korine, who is best known for writing the script for ‘Kids’, a 1995 drama film directed by Larry Clark, says that ‘Spring Breakers’ is his “attempt to capture something that he’d missed the first time around.” “I grew up in Nashville, but I was a skater, so I was skateboarding during spring break,” he says. “Everyone I knew would go to Daytona Beach and the Redneck Riviera and just f*** and get drunk — you know, as a rite of passage. I never went. I guess this is my way of going.”
Spring Breakers is set to be released in cinemas in 2020.
Photos courtesy of Interview