James Franco used time the he spent with the rapper who influenced his gangster thug character in his new film "Spring Breakers" to shoot a music video.
The actor was introduced to Florida-based Russ 'Dangeruss' Curry by "Spring Breakers" director Harmony Korine, who based Franco's hard-living character, Alien, on Curry's alter-ego -- and they got along famously.
Dangeruss allowed Franco and Korine to use his track "Hangin With Da Dopeboys" in the movie, and, in return, the actor suggested they shoot a video for the tune.
"Danger and I rapped onstage together for the film," Franco told MTV.com. "It was a rush. We had an audience of hundreds on the beach ... It was my first live rap appearance. He led me through. I felt like a gangster. I didn't want the relationship with Dangeruss to end, so I asked him if I could film him for a video."
Said Franco: "I liked the idea of shooting him doing his daily routine -- simple and autobiographical like his music. He watched basketball, he drove over to his friend's house, they smoked blunts, they freestyled. Later, I flew Dangeruss to L.A., and we filmed more in the old movie palace downtown where Chaplin's City Lights had premiered. He was epic. This video is the result."