March 08, 2013 at 05:00 AM EST

Spring Breakers

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
92 minutes
Limited Release Date
03/15/13
Wide Release Date
03/22/13
performer
James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens
director
Harmony Korine
genre
Comedy, Drama

James Franco’s drawling, bejeweled-teeth turn as Southern hustler Alien has all kinds of people buzzing — including Riff Raff, the L.A.-based rapper who bears such a striking resemblance to Alien, he’s convinced the character is based on him. ”[Alien’s] image can only be pointed back to one person — me,” Riff, 26, tells EW. ”No gangster would dress like that. I’m the only person who would do that.”

Or is he? Franco has admitted to watching Riff’s videos for inspiration, but says his real muse was another white rapper, Florida’s Dangeruss (who did not respond to EW’s requests for comment).

This has Riff, who also claims he was offered a role in the film, irked. ”Franco must be confused,” he says. ”He must not know that me and Harmony Korine are friends.” While the two do know each other, Korine insists Alien is actually a composite of ”a classic, almost archetypal American character: Southern white gangsters, black mannerisms.”

Still, Riff isn’t too concerned about the snub: ”I’m more famous than James Franco anyway.”

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