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The Truth Behind Why Harmony Korine Was Banned From Letterman's Show for Life

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 26, 2013 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 26, 2013 |

How many of you have actually gone out to see Spring Breakers? And how many of you are happy with that experience? Be honest. Is it what you thought it’d be: Boobs, drugs, and beach decadence? It’s a terrible movie, people. I’m sorry. It just is. But it’s that way be design. I mean, that’s the genius of Harmony Korine: Through repetition, the man will beat you down. He will take something provocative and transform it into something mundane. His movies are kind of like watching porn for an hour and a half after you’ve finished your business.

I don’t like his movies, but I respect them. My only issue with Korine’s films is how they turn the critical community into a bunch of pretentious douches trying to decipher the genius in Korinne. THERE’S NOTHING TO DECIPHER, PEOPLE. It’s just garbage. Trash Humpers was far more literal than metaphoric.

Anyway, I’m getting off point, and the point is this: James Franco was on David Letterman last night to promote Spring Breakers, and Franco was able to get to the bottom of why, exactly, Harmony Korine had been banned from Letterman’s show for life. The rumor was that, in 1999, Korine was on to promote his book. He was wacked out, and high on something (he was a huge abuser of cocaine and heroin at the time), and he shoved Meryl Streep.

But that’s not the exact way it went down, according to Dave. Rather, Dave went up to the green room to greet Meryl Streep and when he went in, Streep wasn’t there. However, he did find Korine going through Streep’s purse. “That’s it, put her things back in her bag,” Dave said, “and then you get out of here.”

Here’s the story as relayed by Dave to Franco.

Also, if you’re curious, here’s Harmony Korine’s first appearance on Dave back in 1995, when he explains that the screenplay for Kids was actually the result of trying to write a sequel to Caddyshack.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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