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Interview with Harmony Korine and the cast of Spring Breakers

Spring BreakersReleased today March 22 is the wide release of the new film by Harmony Korine, “Spring Breakers“. Korine was the writer of the very popular film from 1995, “Kids.” It opened last Friday in one theater in the Los Angeles and New York area. We had the chance to talk to Korine and the cast Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine about the film.

“Spring Breakers” is the story of four sexy college girls plan to fund their spring break getaway by burglarizing a fast food shack. But that’s only the beginning… During a night of partying, the girls hit a roadblock when they are arrested on drug charges. Hungover and clad only in bikinis, the girls appear before a judge but are bailed out unexpectedly by Alien, an infamous local thug who takes them under his wing and leads them on the wildest Spring Break trip in history. Rough on the outside but with a soft spot inside, Alien wins over the hearts of the young Spring Breakers, and leads them on a Spring Break they never could have imagined.

For Selena Gomez this film was the first role that she portrayed a more of an adult character in comparison to her Disney roles in the past. Gomez said about taking the role, “I definitely don’t think we are trying to change or shed an image. At the end of the day we are actors and to have an opportunity to work with Harmony and James it just a given and a way for us to step out from what we are known for an experience we are proud off.”

In a role that has four young females in a role like this is rare in the industry and Hudgens said about the opportunity, “It is really rare that you see this kind of movie being held together by four young women, it is really empowering. There is amazingly shocking images and its an experience this movie will give people an experience.”

Ashley Benson talked about how they had fun of off the set talking about what the theme song on the set was “My Neck, My Back” by Kia though for Gomez she was into more Nikki Menaj. As for the if she felt pressure with her show and her well known fan based, “My show has older fans, there are younger ones, but I wanted to do this movie because it was so different from the show…and thought of it as a great opportunity,” said Benson.

As for the making of the film Korine said, “It is not about spring break, it is a metaphor in some ways then it becomes more criminal and becomes certain type of menace and becomes associated with a type of drug culture or trap culture. It is not meant to be real but unreal. It is a pop poem, and my imagination but using certain iconic imagery and being re-filtered in way.” As for the reason Korine decided to shoot this film in Florida, “I am from the south and still live there, I understand it, interested in it Florida is almost like a country to it self similar to Louisiana it always seemed as they function on there own. When I was a kid/teenager that is what they did, redneck riviera, jumped in a car and drive to Panama City or Daytona Beach it always seemed like the iconic classic american spring break experience.

Spring Breakers directed by Harmony Korine is out in theaters now and stars James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine.

 

 

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Michael Sandoval

Michael Sandoval

Michael created MUSE/MUSE TV after a career in professional sports and journalism. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in which he studied Electronics and Computer Science and California State University, Fullerton in which he graduated with a degree from the College of Communication in Journalism. He is a big Foo Fighters fan, loves Star Wars and loves photography. Member of the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society.

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