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James Franco character's real-life inspiration gets arrested

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The Russell Curry played by James Franco in the movies is a fast-living, drug-dealing rapper who leads a group of spring breakers down a destructive path.

The real-life Russell Curry, who goes by the name "Dangeruss" got a dose of reality behind bars Friday.

"I'd say he was a zero," said a neighbor in the area.

Pinellas Park Police said Curry has been dealing drugs, with a "great deal of frequency" at the Lauren Manor Apartments.

People like Sam Gagnon said it is about time he was arrested.

"If he thinks that's a good career for him, he can go to jail. He can live there," he said.

Candice Mills said he hoped his time behind bars is a bigger influence on him and to movie fans, than his brief spotlight in the movies.

"When you do something illegal you have to pay the consequences," she said.

Curry bonded out of jail, and when we showed up at his house, he seemed camera shy.

"Can you not do that out here please," someone yelled from inside the house as our cameras rolled

Police released a statement critical of the movie industry for its "fantasy portrayal" of Curry, who they described as "just another low-level drug dealer," and "no role model." A fact many at the apartments agree with.

"He is no hero…drugs can only cause misery," Gagnon said.

Officers also arrested Corey Devonshire and Jimmy Jones on drug charges. They expect more arrests.

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