8:14 pm - 03/26/2013

David Letterman: Why I Banned ‘Spring Breakers’ Director From ‘The Late Show’

So just how bad were Harmony Korine's bad habits back in the day? David Letterman has a pretty surprising story about that.

On Monday, James Franco appeared on "The Late Show With David Letterman" to talk about "Spring Breakers," his new indie hit written and directed by his friend Harmony Korine (and co-starring former Disney good girls Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens). The conversation, not surprisingly, turned to Korine, who had previously appeared on Letterman's show to talk up his early projects, such as 1995's "Kids" (written by Korine, directed by Larry Clark) and 1997's "Gummo" (written and directed by Korine). However, it has been well over a decade since Korine last dropped by for a chat with Dave, and Franco was curious about that.

"The legend is that he came back, and it's I guess in the books, he was here, came back a fourth time, and it says I guess in the books, 'not interviewed,'" Franco said. "So he was bounced. So you don't remember any of it?"

Letterman, who had been playing cagey about his memories of Korine, replied, "No, that part I remember." After the audience laughed, Letterman asked Franco, "What is the story that you understand?"

"The legend is that he pushed Meryl Streep backstage," Franco said. "I mean, if you push Meryl Streep backstage, you get kicked off!"

"Not necessarily," Dave replied drily, and then dropped a bombshell about Korine.

"I went upstairs to greet Meryl Streep and say welcome to the show," Letterman said. After knocking on the dressing room door, Letterman continued, "She was not in there. And I looked around and I found your friend Harmony going through her purse. True story! True story. And so I said, 'OK, that's it, put her things back in her bag, and then you get out of here.'"

"So YOU kicked him off? Holy …" Franco said, while Letterman nodded in the affirmative.

Before Letterman's big revelation, Franco admitted that Korine had something of a checkered past. "He said he was a little out of it," Franco said. "Harmony is a very sane guy now, a great artist and a great person to work with. I think he had a period where he was going a little off the rails, so maybe he was on something that night."

As for Korine himself, he addressed the rumors about being banned from Letterman in an interview conducted a few weeks earlier. "I've heard that, I've heard that for a long time," Korine said after being asked if he was banished from "The Late Show." "It's possible, it's definitely possible."

When pressed for details, Korine replied, "I've heard a lot of different things, I probably don’t want to go into them all." The question then turned to the rumored shoving match with Streep, and Korine said, "I dunno, I heard that, too. I was pretty out of it back then, so I guess anything's possible. Honestly, I have no recollection. I hope it wasn't true."

The more stable Korine would like a second chance, saying, "I would do (the Letterman show) in a second if he asked me back." And after Franco assured Letterman that the director would be on better behavior, the host said he'd be "more than happy" to book Korine on the show.

Just don't expect Meryl Streep to appear the same night.

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shh_im_a_ninja 27th-Mar-2013 12:17 am (UTC)
Sounds like a creep
justrachna 27th-Mar-2013 12:18 am (UTC)
Harmony Korine is so fucking skeezy and that cat scene from gummo is forever seared in my brain. That movie was just a vile piece of shit.
untxi 27th-Mar-2013 12:31 am (UTC)

American Humane Association monitored the making of the movie and detailed how the scenes were shot (using mostly fake animals). Just fyi, in case you didn't know already. That being said, it's a disturbing film but I really like his movies.
lovelyeli 27th-Mar-2013 12:36 am (UTC)
i like his movies too..the whole point of them are to make you feel something and he does that with flying colors imo.
ericasays 27th-Mar-2013 12:33 am (UTC)
Kids is pretty fucking vile, too. Even more so now, watching it at 29 versus 16.
emerald_soul 27th-Mar-2013 01:26 am (UTC)
Oh God, what happened?
umi 27th-Mar-2013 06:39 am (UTC)
Just looked that movie up on Wikipedia and... kinda wishing I hadn't.
parker_hallie 27th-Mar-2013 12:18 am (UTC)
Fair enough imo. If you fuck with Queen Meryl, you deserve to be thrown out.
abcdlovelife 27th-Mar-2013 12:19 am (UTC)
uhhh what the hell was he on?
swissbeauty23 27th-Mar-2013 01:09 am (UTC)
workbitch 27th-Mar-2013 12:19 am (UTC)
crystalzelda 27th-Mar-2013 12:19 am (UTC)

reminds me of that TSwift article where she cause a reporter rifling through her purse during an interview. Don't touch people's shit yo, that's fucked up

ya nasty
moddchicc 27th-Mar-2013 12:20 am (UTC)
The best thing Korine ever did was discover Chloe Sevigny and Rosario Dawson.
elstree 27th-Mar-2013 01:24 am (UTC)
i give credit to sassy magazine and sonic youth for discovering chloe sevigny.
winegums 27th-Mar-2013 02:09 am (UTC)
The way Sassy's reputation is getting flogged to death by Jane Pratt to prop up her other shit is quite tired tbh, but ia.
emerald_soul 27th-Mar-2013 01:27 am (UTC)
Chloe's a good actor, but she's kind of stupid.
ilouboutin 27th-Mar-2013 12:20 am (UTC)
queen meryl though ... like ... what were you thinking, peasant??
roguewave3 27th-Mar-2013 12:22 am (UTC)
your icon is perfection
ilouboutin 27th-Mar-2013 12:30 am (UTC)
she's gorgeous. and thank you! <3
lillylilacs 27th-Mar-2013 12:20 am (UTC)
Holy shit, so Letterman found him rifling through Meryl Streep purse? WTF he had to have been on drugs who in their right mind would do this. I don't blame Letterman at all.

"I dunno, I heard that, too. I was pretty out of it back then, so I guess anything's possible. Honestly, I have no recollection. I hope it wasn't true." UGH I wonder what drugs he was on that he can't even remember this. I can't imagine not being able to recall entire periods of my life, I hate that I have blacked out from drinking once or twice.

Edited at 2013-03-27 12:22 am (UTC)
mistress_f 27th-Mar-2013 12:24 am (UTC)
harmony has been on heavy drugs most of his life tbh
untxi 27th-Mar-2013 12:33 am (UTC)
He is still on drugs nowadays? What type of drugs btw, heroine / meth / ... ?

Edited at 2013-03-27 12:33 am (UTC)
thetxbelle 27th-Mar-2013 12:21 am (UTC)
I love when people say "out of it" lbr he was obvious on drugs.
untxi 27th-Mar-2013 12:21 am (UTC)
He must've been on some strong shit back then.
fabouluz 27th-Mar-2013 12:21 am (UTC)
Ew. Creep.
jennyfinnly 27th-Mar-2013 12:22 am (UTC)
go away, james franco
lucky_latkes 27th-Mar-2013 12:22 am (UTC)
All this time I thought this Harmony person was a lady. Now I find out it's basically a boy named Sue type of situation. :/

moddchicc 27th-Mar-2013 12:24 am (UTC)
For a long time I thought he made up his first name and was surprised to find out that's actually his real birth name, lol
sofiascarlett 27th-Mar-2013 12:41 am (UTC)
your icon is perfection
revelried 27th-Mar-2013 12:37 am (UTC)

kind of like when I mention I had an aunt named Duane
shanrina 27th-Mar-2013 04:21 am (UTC)
Me too. I thought all the male pronouns in this article were referring to Franco at first, actually.
heyignatzmouse 27th-Mar-2013 11:57 am (UTC)
even after finding out he was actually a man a while ago I still imagine a girl every single time I see his name.
joc_strap 27th-Mar-2013 12:22 am (UTC)
i'm such a snoop.
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