David Letterman is the king of the late night interview. From skewering reality 'stars' to asking A-listers the most squeamish and painful questions imaginable--he can turn any flaccid interview into something magical.
Another talent of Mr. Letterman is taking outsiders and thrusting them into the lime light. (See: Harvey Pekar, Andy Bud Melman, and a young Chris Elliott). The most infamous of these examples is Harmony Korine who made his first of three appearances at age eighteen promoting the release of Kids. The interview was awkward, hilarious, and innocent. From then on, Both Korine and Letterman would seem to revel in these themes as a common thread in their on-camera relationship.
But as Korine's celebrity rose and his filmmaking started down the road of Gummo and Julian and Donkey Boy, his Letterman appearances began to turn more to the esoteric and strange.
On Korine's last appearance promoting his book A Crack Up at the Race Riots, the fire seemed to have died in this once formidable relationship and we could see the end of Letterman's fascination with Harmony.
Finally, Harmony was invited back one more time to Letterman and actually made it to the studio on the day he was to appear. Except he never made it to the stage and hours later he was banned for life. So, what happened? Was he ill prepared? Was he on several meds and under the control of substances? Did he knock over Merryl Streep and root hrough her purse? According to James Franco all of the above. (But who believes anything James Franco says.) We will never know the exact truth but the mystery and legend it leaves us is way more fun then the facts.
Written by: Aaron Allard