10 Famous Movie Characters You Didn't Know Were Based On Real People

10. James Franco's Character From Spring Breakers Is Based On An Actual Rapper


If you happened to catch any of the promotion for the crime noir fever dream that is Spring Breakers, you probably found yourself at some point wondering aloud, "Why does James Franco look like a jet ski salesman who just learned what dreadlocks are?" Well, that's because Franco based his portrayal on obscure Florida rapper and human cartoon Dangeruss.

Though, if you were following the less respectable news sites following the release of the movie, you'll know that another rapper by the name of Riff Raff thought he was the inspiration for Franco's shady emcee. Mostly because the character looks and speaks exactly like him.

In fact, if you believe the Texan rapper, director Harmony Korine had approached him about starring in the film before Franco got involved, but the logistics just never worked out.

Enter James Franco, who apparently stepped into Riff Raff's shoes in a very literal way, like he was taking part in a real life body-switching situation. And although Raff was excited about Franco essentially playing a version of him - "That's like if Denzel Washington was playing the part of O.J. Simpson" he even said - he wasn't so thrilled that he wouldn't sue Korine for "sampling his life without permission".


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