He looks like a young K-Fed in the photo but Fuse says James is playing Houston rapper Riff Raff who was supposed to be in the movie but couldn’t because he was out of the country. Riff Raff confirms the story to FUSE,
According to Riff Raff, Korine [writer of Kids and director of Gummo] called him and said, “‘Yeah, man, I want you to be in this movie, but we only got a certain timeframe’ or whatever. ‘I wanted you in this movie with James Franco and Selena Gomez and Gucci Mane… But we’re already behind!’” So Riff Raff couldn’t be in the movie.
“The role I would have played would be like a drug dealer, or the friend of a drug dealer, Gucci Mane,” said Riff Raff. I asked him if James Franco was originally supposed to be in the movie as a different character. “James Franco was in the movie, but I was supposed to be in there also. Now James Franco is playing me.”
“I sent him a few things. But all you gotta do [to see how I dress] is search through my videos. I got a pretty distinct style, with the braids, the jewelry.”
On the movie as a whole, Riff Raff said, “I feel really kind of privileged because I got this big actor playing the role of me but at the same time, like, damn, I wish I was there…
“Even though I couldn’t be a part of this project, I’m still glad that James Franco could play the role of me. That’s like if Denzel Washington was playing the role of O.J. Simpson. Even though it’s not O.J. Simpson, O.J. Simpson still gotta be like, ‘Denzel Washington is playing me.’” FUSE
James Franco is playing an obscure rapper? Oh, man. So much hipster cred. *Brain explodes*