The Fourth Dimension Behind the Scenes: Harmony Korine

Uploaded by vice on 21.10.2012


EDDY MORETTI: It's the first day of shooting on the first
film of the Grolsch Film Works and Vice Films collaboration.
We're in Nashville in a roller rink.
The first film is called "The Filmic Fourth Dimension," and
it's being shot by Harmony Korine, who is over there.
And the star of this chapter is Val Kilmer, completely
amazingly dressed as Val Kilmer.
And this is going to be really good.
VAL KILMER: I'm going to bleed for this film.
HARMONY KORINE: I had always wanted to write a film that
was almost like a stage play.
But it was presented in the form of a motivational speech.
And with this idea that the person only would give the
most paranoid advice, or the most tangential advice, or the
most random.
And it's really based on this one central monologue.
VAL KILMER: Can you see it?
It's like an alien ship.
Can you see it?
VAL KILMER: Look up!
Look up!
Sit down!
Sit down!
Sit down!
Sit down!
HARMONY KORINE: I thought if I could have anyone to do it,
who would it be?
And I kept thinking about Val Kilmer with like a Bluetooth
microphone on stage, and a pony tail, and a beret, and,
just giving amazing advice to people.
VAL KILMER: It's cool that I'm here for you.
FEMALE SPEAKER: I'm so happy that you're here for me.
I want you so bad.
I want you.
VAL KILMER: He liked some of my improv ideas.
Some things sort of come out like a chant.
ALL: Awesome secret, awesome secret.
VAL KILMER: Awesome secrets!
Awesome secrets!
Awesome secrets!
Awesome secrets!
Awesome secrets, they now come true!
Awesome secrets, they now come true!
Awesome secrets, they now come true!
Awesome secrets, they now come true!
There were some very natural catch phrases almost.
So I started thinking about that as an idea of actually
thinking about catch phrases.
You know what my catch phase for today is?
VAL KILMER: Catch phrase.
EDDY MORETTI: That's a good catch phrase.
I like it.
It's a catch phrase, is catch phrase.
Catch phrase.
HARMONY KORINE: I kind of wrote it thinking about him.
It's not really a character as much as it's the way I
reimagined Val Kilmer.
If I could have Val be anything, that's
what he would be.
VAL KILMER: It's a motivational speaker, but it's
me, but not really me.
And I just loved it.
So it's really been fun kind of creating this outrageous
character together.
Hold it in!
Hold it in until we begin!
You don't want to give it all away.
Look at me.
I've got to focus now like a Ninja, like a white Ninja.
Do you feel it?
VAL KILMER: I'm going to take vibe jack right now.
HARMONY KORINE: I didn't know what to expect, or what his
process was, or how he wanted to do it.
But I can't tell the difference when I talk to him.
I don't know if he's, like, motivational
speaker, or if it's Val.
VAL KILMER: Harmony!
VAL KILMER: I don't know about you, but I'm already filming.

HARMONY KORINE: Like, I can't tell, like, where Val ends and
this guy begins.
VAL KILMER: Come in.
We take a vibe jack.
Then you do an insert.
I turn away.

And I return.

EDDY MORETTI: You've uplifted her for sure.
FEMALE SPEAKER: This is the best thing that's ever
happened to me.
VAL KILMER: That's correct.
Because it feels like I'm dreaming.
Like, when I see Val riding a BMX bike with
what, like, MAG wheels?
HARMONY KORINE: And like a fanny pack.
It's so great.
It's so trippy.

I would like to think that that's what
Val Kilmer does now.
In my mind, I'd like to imagine that's, like, what
he's doing.
VAL KILMER: He's so enthusiastic in general.
He's so refreshing because he's excited about everything
and doesn't have any creative blocks at all.
He reminds me a lot of my little brother, who is very,
very free as an artist.
HARMONY KORINE: If you were like this now, like if you
hold it by the scruff of it's neck and be like [SCREAMING]
come on, Val!
I'm waiting for you!
Like that, all right?
I don't know what it is, it's like a performance, or a
prank, or a film, or a play.
I've never made something that was like this before.
Also that was like a live audience that
was reacting to something.
So what's going to happen is he's going to give this
And he's going to be free.
And he's going to be all around.
He's going to react.
And I want you guys to react to what he does.
I'm not going to tell you too much.
I want you to do what you're going to do.
VAL KILMER: Combining theater experience with a movie and
film it so that there's two products.
There's the real theater that you're generating
and then the film.
MALE SPEAKER: You know the character in "Tropic Thunder"
that arranges all the explosions for the film
Well, he--
Chris does that with disco and lights.
HARMONY KORINE: What I want you to do is I want you to
become an active participant in the performance.
MALE SPEAKER: That's great.
HARMONY KORINE: Just change it.
Never let anything get too comfortable.
If anything feels like it's getting too
comfortable, switch up.
MALE SPEAKER: All right.
MALE SPEAKER: Sounds good.
EDDY MORETTI: Here's your moment to shine, man.
EDDY MORETTI: So Val said that he didn't pick this place.
This place picked him.
And I kind of agree.
The weird thing is that I'm dressed exactly like him.
VAL KILMER: Wait a minute.
Yeah, I know.
VAL KILMER: Hang on a second.
I was vibe jacking you telepathically.
But this is how I dress every day, so.
VAL KILMER: Me, too.
Oh, good.
VAL KILMER: No, I got a little dressed up because I'm giving
a talk today.
VAL KILMER: What up!
We love you!
EDDY MORETTI: So this is where the extras check in.
There's about 150 extras.
They're coming here to be inspired and
motivated by the outcome.
Lots of people want to be extras in the film because
there's so many unemployed people in Nashville, you know,
that everyone's, like, hell, yeah.
I want to be an extra for $50 a day or whatever it is.
But they don't really have any ideas on how Val is going to
really uplift them.
HARMONY KORINE: I mean, we're filming in a roller skating
rink with a lot of people that are down on their luck, a lot
of unemployed people, thinking that they're going to hear one
of the great motivational speakers.
A lot of them need like financial advice and da, da,
da, da, da.
But what's going to happen is Val's going to come out and
speak mostly in pure paranoia.
EDDY MORETTI: But I think there are also like real
moments of kind of poetry.
EDDY MORETTI: And they're, like, images.
HARMONY KORINE: And they go by very quick.
They change.
They go from being really stupid to really profound.
VAL KILMER: It very hard to compare this to anything,
particularly some of the prankish elements in it where
you wonder if it's really me or not.
I think that's what Harmony was intending
that's really veiled.
But there's some serious elements in my character
really, very sincere about wanting to help people.
HARMONY KORINE: So we shot a scene of Val and Rachel just
riding bikes.
And there was this van that was parked in the back of the
parking lot under a light.
And then these two guys came out.
And Val start talking to them, and we made a
little scene happen.
But it turns out that they both are homeless.
VAL KILMER: You're so happy you're insane.

Have you ever been so happy you're just almost insane?
VAL KILMER: Well, that's why the Lotus Community Center
might be for you.
It just makes you so happy that you're almost insane.
It's like a happy campaign.
HARMONY KORINE: It was a pretty cool scene where Val
used some of his illogical wisdom and tried to help them.
I don't know if it succeeded, but it seemed like they were
pretty excited.
VAL KILMER: A lot of times the biggest things in life are
unexpected, right?
They just seem to be random.
And just like talking to you two tonight, we had that
It's just like nothing else in the world.
It's like the most important things right now.
Thanks, man.

It's part of Harmony's world where he doesn't judge.
He kind of loves all life, and particularly the back alleys
where people have been discarded.
HARMONY KORINE: So it was awesome.
It was something really beautiful just now.
I'm just excited just to see what happens.
HARMONY KORINE: I mean, I think I have like
a pretty good idea.
But it'll be good.
This guy is too genius.
And a hero to the working man.
He's one of the best.
He's an icon.

It's also just very good to see him actually, like, doing
you know, good stuff.
Like, you know what I mean?