It’s always fun to peek behind the curtain of celebrity and see what goes on back there. We got to see a little glimpse during James Franco’s visit to the “Late Show With David Letterman” last night.
James Franco was promoting his new film “Spring Breakers,” which in a weird twist of casting stars Disney cuties Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens, along with “Pretty Little Liars” star Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine, who’s married to the film’s director and writer, Harmony Korine, 40.
Yes, Rachel, 26, is Harmony’s wife, not his daughter. They have a child together. I think of Harmony as the Andy Kaufman of this generation. Brilliant but a little kooky and out there.
Ok, so back to the David Letterman story. Before Harmony did the much-talked-about “Spring Breakers,” he was a young troublemaker known for delivering avant garde films and giving bizarre interviews.
Between 1997 and 1998, Harmony appeared on “Late Show” three times, always disheveled and slightly unhinged. The first time, he was promoting his controversial film “Kids,” which he wrote at age 18. He just looks a little nervous in this one.
Next, he was there to promote his directorial debut, “Gummo”…
And finally, a book he wrote called “A Crackup at the Race Riots” (sorry about the quality on this one).
He was scheduled to be on “Late Show” a fourth time, but was banned for unknown reasons, and Letterman always kept mum about it until now.
After Franco pressed him on the issue last night, Letterman finally spilled the beans. “I went upstairs to greet Meryl Streep and welcome her to the show,” recalled Letterman. “I knock on the door … and she was not in there. And I looked around, and she was not in there, and I found Harmony going through her purse. True story. And so I said, ‘That’s it, put her things back in her bag and then get out.'”
Franco said Harmony had told him he’d been banned for pushing Streep backstage, but also noted, “He said he was a little out of it … Harmony is a very sane guy now, a great artist and great person to work with, but I think he had a period where he was going a little off the rails, so maybe he was on something that night.”
Letterman told Franco he’d be “more than happy” to have Harmony back on the show.
Well, that would be fun. I hope it happens. Think of the ratings. And does anyone else think Harmony Korine could be Judd Apatow’s younger brother?