Twenty hours into the last day of filming Spring Breakers, director Harmony Korine arrived at the final scene on his shot list: a sex scene, scheduled for four o’clock in the morning, featuring rapper/actor Gucci Mane (who plays a rival criminal to James Franco in the film). This scene, thought Korine, would be a piece of cake; after all, Korine had gone to great lengths to cast a love interest with a booty grand enough to pique Gucci Mane’s interest: “They sent me a clip of this girl walking across the room with three or four Coke cans on her ass, and we cast her, based on that video,” Korine told Vulture. Alas, there was one thing Korine hadn’t counted on: how super fucking stoned Gucci would be by the time cameras began to roll.
“In his entourage, everybody smokes weed from the beginning of the day to the end,” explained Korine. “So we’re inside this house in St. Petersburg, and the fucking weed smoke was so insane and Gucci was basically catatonic. I was like, ‘Gucci, you’ve got to have sex with this chick now!’” How did he receive the news? “He wanted her to ride him so he wouldn’t have to do any physical labor.”
For a while, that worked. “So we’re shooting the sequence, and as he is getting fucked, I start to hear snores,” said Korine. “He had literally passed out! And she was riding his dick the whole time. I’d never in my life filmed a sex scene where the dude was sleeping … and she was on top of him for a good 45 minutes.”
And yes, that’s the take that made it into the film. Laughed Korine: “At the end, he woke up and was like, ‘I feel real nice. I feel like Mozart’s on my dick.’ And that was it, and he went back to sleep.”