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James Franco talks inspiration behind ‘thug’ role in 'Spring Breakers'

By Sarah McClanahan,

To play a convincing gangster in the soon-to-be-released flick Spring Breakers, James Franco had the help of rapper Dangeruss.

To immerse himself in the role of the drug lord Alien for the film Spring Breakers co-starring Ashley Benson, Selena Gomez, and Vanessa Hudgens, James Franco spent time with a local rapper, Dangeruss, reports MTV News.

Director Harmony Korine sent Franco pictures and videos as reference for his character, one of them being a Florida-native white rapper with dreads, Dangeruss.

Korine and Dangeruss agreed to allow Franco to perform one of his songs “Dope Boyz” in the movie.

“Dangeruss wrote out the lyrics for me and then performed it so I could see how he carried himself,” Franco commented of the rapper’s valuable help.

“As I got to know Dangeruss, I realized there were two spheres in his life, and the other one away from the one I was seeing was much darker,” remarked Franco, describing the confusion he felt when he met Dangeruss for the first time at his rather lavish house complete with driving range and fountains.

After the duo rapped onstage for Spring Breakers, Franco wanted the partnership to continue.

“It was my first live rap performance. He led me through. I didn’t want the relationship with Dangeruss to end,” said Franco.

The pair’s next collaboration included a music video starring Dangeruss shot by Franco, taking place in both Florida and Los Angeles.

Called everything from “The Most Interesting in the World” by Egotastic or the quintessential “Renaissance Man” on The Colbert Report, there is no denying James is a jack of all trades with dozens of projects in the works. His most recent starring role, Oz in Oz the Great and Powerful, is coming to theaters March 8, a few weeks before Spring Breaker’s March 22 premiere.

 
 

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