Letterman reveals why Harmony Korine was banned from his show
Not many are seeing Spring Breakers — and those that are are not always happy (NSFW) — but that didn’t stop James Franco from grilling David Letterman for a good story about its notorious maker, Harmony Korine. At 19, Korine’s script for Kids was directed by Larry Clark. He went on Letterman, and was so odd that he was asked on again (to promote Gummo). And again (to promote the delightful-sounding novel A Crack Up at the Race Riots). And apparently a fourth time, which never happened: he was booted from the show before airing, legend has it, because he pushed around Meryl Streep.
When on Letterman, Franco — who plays Breakers‘ grilled-out, cornrowed, “This is my sh—”-spouting rapper-cum-gangsta Alien — asked for a confirmation of this urban legend. And Letterman proved unexpectedly forthright: he claimed that he caught Korine, now 40, in Streep’s green room, rifling through her purse. He then threw him out. Franco postulates that Korine was probably “on something,” though he swears Korine is these days together.
Letterman says (after the events chronicled in this video) he would be glad to have Korine back on the Late Show. At the very least he should bring Korine on with his good friend, Werner Herzog, who memorably co-starred in his Julien Donkey-boy.