James Franco may have helped bring in the cash for Oz the last few weeks, but it's his turn in Spring Breakers as a gilded-grilled gangsta rapper known as Alien that has tongues around town wagging. (Even our own Sean O'Connell calls it the first Oscar-worthy performance of the year.)
Franco's take on the character isn't completely original, though; he based Alien on a Florida rapper named Dangeruss--pictured above with Franco in an on-set photo--who came to Breakers director Harmony Korine's attention via a semi-viral video. In the movie, the thug wanna-be Alien deals drugs, belts out Britney and hooks up with some restaurant-robbing college 'hos ready to party during spring break in a sort of slow-burn dubstep fever dream that, fittingly, feels almost more music video than narrative film.
The folks over at our sister site Movies.com dug up a bunch of Dangeruss' videos and have more about the tattooed, dreaded-out and blinged-up character, so go check that out. Spring Breakers opens across the country this week.