The media references and story behind James Franco’s white sunglasses:
James Franco plays Alien, the crazy drug and arms dealer who wants to become a Gangsta Rap star in Harmony Korine’s latest drama Spring Breakers (2013).
There has been a lot of speculation about Alien’s character and which of the many real Gangsta Rapper inspired his crazy style: According to James Franco and his costume designer Heidi Bivens, they looked for rappers like Kevin Federline, Riff Raff & Dangeruss to get Alien’s badass look.
Nevertheless, there are more subtle fashion hints that visualize Alien’s trying to be a real rich music star. He wears, for example, a pair of iconic white Carrera shades in few scenes. They can be spotted, especially when he performs his songs on the stage on the beach.
This is the fairly same 5530 shades model that Hip Hop superstar Will I am used to wear. To be precise: Will.I.Am wore the SKIMAN version with orange glasses and white temples.
Another parallel to his potential hero Will I Am is that he performed the song "Scream & Shout" (2012) with Britney Spears for her album ‘Femme Fatale’ while Alien performs Britney’s title “Everytime” on the piano. Alien plays it - as a cynical comment - on an innocent white piano in a romantic sunset for Candy (Vanessa Hudgens), Britt (Ashley Benson) and Cotty (Rachel Korine) while we see scenes of their violent robberies in slow motion.
I don’t know if movie director Harmonie Korine and costume designer Heidi Bivens had all of these references in mind when choosing this Carrera sunglass model, but I think it’s a nice little trivia that only few can appreciate.