Director Harmony Korine struggled through constant fan interruptions while filming Spring Breakers after finding devotees of James Franco, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens hiding in unlikely locations just to get close to the stars. Or in some cases, steal some copyrighted material.
The director admits he never expected to contend with the large crowds which gathered around the set in St. Petersburg, Florida each day. Their presence, he noted, made it more challenging to complete the shoot.
He tells the New York Post, "It was insane. It was one of the most difficult filming experiences I've ever had. I wasn't used to working with people who had that much chaos and fanaticism follow them."
Korine was even more ill prepared for the underhanded tricks fans employed to try and catch the young Hollywood stars in action. One instance in particular involved a couple setting up camp in the ceiling of the hotel which they were filming. From there, they started filming their own angle on the movie for 48 hours before they were caught and kicked out.
Korine says, "They had brought food and wine. They were trying to film a sequence through the cracks in the floorboards. The only way we figured it out was that we smelled menthol cigarettes coming up from the floorboards."
Apparently some fans are very eager to get their grubby hands on their idol's newest film early, but not quite devoted enough to pay to go and see it in theaters.
Spring Breakers is due out to release later this month - so be sure to LEGALLY catch the film when it hits the box office on the 22nd.