Harmony Korine, director of the recently released movie “Spring Breakers,” was banned from David Letterman’s late night talk show.
Supposedly, Letterman found Korine looking through Meryl Streep’s purse backstage. Letterman revealed this information on his show during an interview with actor James Franco. Franco defended Korine, saying he is a friend and a “good guy, now.”
Letterman said upon finding Korine looking through the bag, he ordered him to put Streep’s belongings back inside of it and leave, immediately.
“He’s a very sane guy, now,” Franco said. “I think he had a period when he was going a little off the rails and that maybe he was on something that night.”
Korine’s new movie is touted by critics as being both the worst movie ever and a complex, interesting commentary on life. He cast Ashley Benson, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens as the female leads in the film and turned their good-girl Disney personas into something completely different.
Franco commented on the film's complexity in an interview with the LA Times, saying that Korine’s ability to create “different levels of significance” in the movie using the characters and the real-life personas of the actors makes the movie so different and interesting, makes it a different kind of cultural commentary.
Since Franco vouched for Korine, Letterman lifted his ban from the talk show. There is no word if he will appear on the show anytime soon, but he made three appearances on the show during 1997-98.