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David Letterman's late-night TV show was one of the better reasons to stay up past your bedtime in the '90s, and one great example why is the 1995 interview with "Spring Breakers"' writer/director Harmony Korine. Korine, a mere babe in the woods at the time, was just gaining notoriety for his "Kids" script -- incidentally, another movie that would give parents heart attacks about what their teens were up to after dark. It was weird, sure, but not as weird as his appearances after that. Granted, he was there to promote increasingly weird projects like "Gummo" and his book "A Crackup at the Race Riots," which is being reprinted after being out of circulation for some 10 plus years.

One would think "Spring Breakers" would be a prime opportunity for Korine to resume his awkward talk show friendship with Letterman. Alas, it was not to be, as Korine had been banned from the show years ago. Last night, "Spring Breakers" star James Franco briefly removed his grills to ask David Letterman why.

The original rumor was that Korine "pushed Meryl Streep backstage," according to the New York Times. (Who would dare harm Meryl?!) Well, turns out it does have to do with Streep, according to Letterman.

"I went upstairs to greet Meryl Streep and welcome her to the show, and I knock on the door...and she was not in there. And I looked around, and she was not in there, and I found Harmony going through her purse," the "Late Show" host said. "True story. And so I said, 'That's it, put her things back in her bag and then get out.'"

At least Korine didn't shove her?

"Spring Breakers" is in theaters now.

[h/t the Hollywood Reporter]

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