‘Selena First Choice For Spring Breakers’

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Spring Breakers producer Harmony Korine VULTURE interview. On Mandy being a big fan: Yeah, Mandy! It blew my mind, you know. It actually still blows my mind that her mom is younger than I am! Selena was my first casting choice for the girls and I just threw that out to the casting agents, and the next day they said, ‘She is going to fly in with her mom to audition for you at your house.’

And I was like, ‘What?!’ And I got nervous because I didn’t know anything about them personally and I figured they might be very religious because of the Disney affiliation and I didn’t want to scare them away, so I started flipping over a lot of artwork and photographs and things in my house that were maybe more graphic. Then Selena walked in and her mom was just like, ‘Hey, I love your movies! I grew up on your films.’

What do you do to push the actors out of their comfort zones on a movie like this? In the beginning, you might be trying to talk someone into something.. and personality-wise, maybe they’re never going to get there. I don’t just mean the super-graphic stuff; there are places of honesty for an actor, and some actors don’t want to go to those places, and that’s fine. The thing is, I go for it.

I always go for it. If I see something that’s morally ambiguous or ambiguously beautiful or has some pull in some way, I won’t censor myself; I always run towards the light. And so I explain that to them. I say, ‘Look, the script is not where this ends. The script is kind of where it begins.’

There’s a scene where Franco takes Selena Gomez to a pool hall that you’ve populated with real-life criminals and lowlifes. I could feel she was genuinely unsettled there. It wasn’t just acting. I know her so well, and I knew if I’d told her that scene was going to happen, she would be thinking about it and preparing for it, but I wanted Franco to try and fuck with her head to see what would happen.

I called him the night before and told him what I wanted him to achieve, and with her, she thought the shoot day was over when I took her by the arm and led her to this room where we had the camera and Franco waiting. I said, ‘Hey, we’re going to do something that’s not in the script and I just want you to react to it and go for it.’ She was freaked out. [Laughs.] I could also tell that she was a little bit exhilarated. I think the best acting she’s ever done is in that moment.

A lot of young actresses these days worry about their ‘brand,’ so I would imagine that makes things trickier. I don’t even think about it. To be honest with you, I just say to them, “I’m not going to make something that’s conventional. I’m chasing something that’s more like a feeling or a drug experience, and you want to do this with me.’ And the truth is that these girls are at a place in their lives and in their careers where I think it’s important that they push themselves and show people that they’re able to do things outside the realm of what is expected of them. I hate corporations, and I don’t give a fuck about brands, so that actually was one of the things that was a really nice surprise, that they were willing to go for it with me.

Franco was clearly 100 percent committed to his wild Spring Breakers character Alien, which didn’t necessarily seem to be the case on a movie like Oz the Great and Powerful. Was he still busy doing all his artistic side projects during the making of the film? Not when he was shooting. He does do all those things on the side, he is a lunatic; he really is, but what I think he is greatest at, at his core, is acting. Once he was there on set, that was it, there was nothing else that interfered with the process. Before and after shooting, that’s Franco World, but during the shoot he is 100 percent committed to the craziness and he pretty much lived that character, within reason.

Let’s talk about the crime montage set to the Britney Spears song ‘Everytime.’ I should note that the sequence begins with a shirtless Franco, seated at a white piano on the beach, playing Britney as the girls cavort around him. I’d always loved that song, and in some ways, it was like a condensed pop version of what I was wanting to do with the movie. I thought there was something really eerie about the song, something kind of glossy and airless and haunting. I probably carried around that idea of using the song in that way for a couple of years, and when I wrote the sequence, I remember being really excited, like, “This is going to work!” So I probably listened to that song about 500 times, because I had it on loop while I was writing that sequence.

Tell me about all the spring break research you did beforehand. When I knew Franco wanted to play the part, I jumped on an airplane with my computer and went to Daytona Beach and checked into the Holiday Inn because I wanted to be around spring breakers while I was writing it.. and that was the most disgusting place in the world. When I looked out the window, all I saw were, like, fat bikers and disgusting kids, but no spring breakers. So I went downstairs and there was a lady who was selling postcards,I guess she was a bodybuilder or something, with these massive muscles and bleached blonde hair, and I said, ‘Where are all the spring breakers?’ She said they were in Panama City now, so I took my computer and got a car and drove to Panama City and checked into another hotel, which was basically Ground Zero, filled with just thousands of spring breakers. Everybody was having sex on the patio, puking, burning shit down, and blasting Taylor Swift nonstop. I mean, it was fucking unreal!

Would you wade through all the debauchery, or were you more of an observer? I was fully dressed. They were like, ‘Who is that Jewish guy in corduroys?’ But I couldn’t take it. I realized after the first day that I was never going to be able to write there; I mean, there were kids trying to kick my door down and jumping off of the terraces; it was nuts. So I drove away for twenty minutes and checked into a Marriott on a golf course, and I walk in, and it’s a sea of dwarves. I ask the concierge what’s going on, and he’s like, ‘Hulk Hogan is filming a reality show.’ That seemed all right. I thought, I can finish this here.

  • Anonymous

    Justinsuglyglasses said:
    How big is the Spring Breakers marketing budget? Has any “indie” movie ever received so much promotion? If it does not open #1, it will be so embarrassing for Selena.
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    embarrassing how? its an INDIE movie! Its not supposed to have box office success! lmfao keep your stupid comments to yourself pleasE!

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  • Anonymous

    Her body is okay. Not so toned, not so flabby. Aiming for that on my weight loss journey. *sighs* not going to be easy

  • Anonymous

    this movei not gonna flop there so hype to see selena naked and be deflowered

    uhh what i hat is that she not really gettign naked all the other girsl did it and she pusssied out if you wernt gonna go all the way why did you sighn up to jsut so you can pretend that you do crazy films like this now

  • Anonymous

    She doesn’t have any curves though …. Her body isn’t sexy to me but its not ugly or anything . Lol

  • Anonymous

    She didn’t be in it to strip. She did to push herself and the little that she does what challenge enough for her, she said so herself. And I get it. If she went to the level of Ash and Nessa, even I would think it was too extreme too fast. I think Harmony was genius for giving her that role. It was perfect for her. And she leaves half way through which I didn’t really like(wanted to see her in the whole thing) but I get it.

  • Anonymous

    She doesn’t have major curves but I like the little she has. Where I live, people don’t care for curves unless you are pear shaped, otherwise it’s a waste and you get called names. Majority of the girls her Selena’s shape and I think its normal enough.

  • Anonymous

    Oh please, Harmony. Stop kissing Selena’s flat ass already. We all know Selena’s was one of the only willing idiots to be in this trashy piece of shit because she’s desperate for any role she can get her hands on(hence why she scooped up HT after Miley dropped out) other than Emma and Ashley(irrelevant talentless twats from shitty shows who want more attention like Selena), Vanessa(slut who enjoys acting like trash without cameras), and Rachel(who’s only in it because she’s his wife). Stop acting like she’s this unique talent you were lucky to have.

  • Anonymous

    Wow. The hater above me must have a horrible life!

    Pele, my darling.

  • Anonymous

    Harsh much? I don’t any of the girls are slits for choosing this role. It’s also sad that Rachel’s performance in the movie is irrelevant because she’s ‘doing’ the direction. But that’s the price you pay, I guess.

  • Anonymous

    Mar 13, 2013 @ 05:53 pm
    Anonymous said:
    Oh please, Harmony. Stop kissing Selena’s flat ass already. We all know Selena’s was one of the only willing idiots to be in this trashy piece of shit because she’s desperate for any role she can get her hands on(hence why she scooped up HT after Miley dropped out) other than Emma and Ashley(irrelevant talentless twats from shitty shows who want more attention like Selena), Vanessa(slut who enjoys acting like trash without cameras), and Rachel(who’s only in it because she’s his wife). Stop acting like she’s this unique talent you were lucky to have.

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    Why come on their post if you feel that way about any of them?
    Doesn’t make any sense.

  • Justinsuglyglasses

    How big is the Spring Breakers marketing budget? Has any “indie” movie ever received so much promotion? If it does not open #1, it will be so embarrassing for Selena.

  • Anonymous

    Mar 13, 2013 @ 06:04 pm
    Anonymous said:
    Harsh much? I don’t *think* any of the girls are sluts* for choosing this role. It’s also sad that Rachel’s performance in the movie is irrelevant because she’s ‘doing’ the director*. But that’s the price you pay, I guess.

    Lool so many mistakes! Fixed it ya :)

  • Anonymous

    Mar 13, 2013 @ 06:06 pm
    Justinsuglyglasses said:
    How big is the Spring Breakers marketing budget? Has any “indie” movie ever received so much promotion? If it does not open #1, it will be so embarrassing for Selena.


    I don’t think so. I doubt any of them expected it to attract this much attention. It is an indie movie after all. I think they just aim to make a weird movie. Which it is. Very hypnotic, if that’s the word.

  • Anonymous

    So sad

  • Anonymous

    Anyone care to summarise the interview? Can’t be bothered to read all that.

  • Anonymous

    shes in the movie for literally 20 mins. Yet she acts like shes the main character

  • Anonymous

    im tired of hearing her say this role was for her to mature as an actress. she says that for ever movie she does. yet, she still mediocre

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous said:

    im tired of hearing her say this role was for her to mature as an actress. she says that for ever movie she does. yet, she still mediocre

    Did you even think about this before you wrote it? Seriously, Selena says she takes roles to mature/improve. Learning takes time and she is willing to put in the time. Would you rather her say I only take roles I can’t learn and grow through?
    A movie like this is not held by the constraints of mainstream movies. Harmony is known for pushing his actors to be what they feel they need to be and Selena killed as far as that is concerned. Selena and Vanessa were awesome in this. James Franco literally blew me away with how convincing he was. Watch the movie with an open mind and you will understand.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous said:

    shes in the movie for literally 20 mins. Yet she acts like shes the main character

    Actually, she is in it for about 34 minutes. Her part is basically the moral compass. If you are old enough to understand her role and why she is there, then you can pass judgement. Her impact is felt throughout the movie even after she leaves.

  • Anonymous

    Justinsuglyglasses said:

    How big is the Spring Breakers marketing budget? Has any “indie” movie ever received so much promotion? If it does not open #1, it will be so embarrassing for Selena.

    The movie has almost recouped it’s initial budget with just over a week in two countries. Opening #1 is not even close to what they want it’s not a wide release only 500 theaters US. Let me say this though, if it comes in even 6th place for opening weekend, it will be a huge success for an indie.

  • Anonymous

    Selena repeats the same thing over and over she says in all her movies the something which is why her interviews are so boring all the time been there heard that before is like she has no brain cells to come up with something new beside her media train bullcrap,

  • Anonymous

    Ummm what little curves you talking about I don’t see any? Lol

  • Anonymous

    It seems she is not boring enough for you though. You felt the need to enter a post about her and even wasted your precious time writing a post.
    Fans who hate are only two steps away from stanning.
    Every bit of interest raised good or bad improves a stars relevance.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think so. I doubt any of them expected it to attract this much attention. It is an indie movie after all. I think they just aim to make a weird movie. Which it is. Very hypnotic, if that’s the word.

    It has tons of promo for an indie. It should be succesful, otherwise it’s kinda embarrasing.

  • Anonymous

    boooooring

  • Anonymous

    Lool of course she’ll give the same answers! They are asking the same questions! If she doesn’t, people will say she’s inconsistent and when she does, they say she doesn’t have brain cells.

    You really can’t please everyone.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think even Selena is expecting this movie to be number not to even mention the director. With its genre and limited release, they will be glad if it even enters the top 10..

    With the way the reviews are going, I honestly doubt that will happen. But at least he made the money he wanted to make.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think so. I doubt any of them expected it to attract this much attention. It is an indie movie after all. I think they just aim to make a weird movie. Which it is. Very hypnotic, if that’s the word.

    It has tons of promo for an indie. It should be succesful, otherwise it’s kinda embarrasing.

    It does but it wasn’t their intention. The stars attracted the attention and hype. They have already made their budget back so really they are already successful but I think you are missing the point Harmony was making with the film. It’s not all about mainstream success.

  • Anonymous

    (replying to this) – Mar 13, 2013 @ 06:52 pm
    Anonymous said:
    Ummm what little curves you talking about I don’t see any? Lol

    I agree that she does have a little curve. It’s not very defined but she has the. You can see them especially when she wore the blue pencil skirt to the press thing.

  • Anonymous

    (replying to this) – Mar 13, 2013 @ 06:52 pm
    Anonymous said:
    Ummm what little curves you talking about I don’t see any? Lol

    I agree that she does have a little curve. It’s not very defined but she has the. You can see them especially when she wore the blue pencil skirt to the press thing.

    Thank you. I personally find her body quite nice. She has a proportionally body. I have big boobs and a little behind. Not pretty at all lool.

  • Anonymous

    Is Harmony Korine a MAN O.O? Oh i thought it was a woman.

  • Anonymous

    wait, who are you guys ttalking about?

  • SlimShady

    I hate Korine’s movies, but whatever. On a side note, the best indie film of the year goes to The Silent Thief.

  • Anonymous

    This movie in no way will open at #1. There are too many good movies out there right now. Has anyone really looked to see what other movies come out the same day this one does???

    FLOP FLOP FLOP!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Some people clearly don’t know how to read. It’s an Indie movie!!! They are not expecting to be Number 1!! Or even in the top –
    10!

  • Anonymous

    I LOVE HER

  • Anonymous

    she is so boring omg.

  • lexus

    Karmony Korine is brilliant. This movie is a must watch :)

  • Anonymous

    Harmony Korine is so badass. What a BOSS!

  • Anonymous

    There is so much hype on this movie. What’s it gonna be like when it flops???

  • Anonymous

    That pic yet again lol

  • Anonymous

    Harmony is a bloody psycho!! I love it!!

  • Anonymous

    Why does site make fun of selena your worst then beliebers !

  • Anonymous

    That should shut the mouth of those that said she fought for the part so bad. Haters!

  • Anonymous

    Selena gomez is actually pretty awesome and so sweet.

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