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John Waters Pt. 2

2007_12_16waters

John Waters and Bob Shaye
by Eric Gladstone

Q: One of my favorite Sundance stories is once when I was walking up Main Street, a guy was posing over a pile of dog shit, and his girlfriend was taking a picture. Do you have any memories of Sundance years past?

JW: I think the most bizarre was, the last time I was at the festival they gave me a car and somebody to take me to screenings. At the same time there was a mass murder about an hour from here, a Mormon stand off, and the press had been waiting for two months to get the shot of the police raid. And I went to that instead. It was in the middle of a blizzard, and the press said “You’re here?!” That was the year Hairspray played here. Accidentally, I made a family movie.

Q: Have you seen any films here this year that impressed you?

JW: I saw Gregg Araki’s movie [Nowhere], which I liked very much. He’s a filmmaker that has the quality of … it’s definitely a “Gregg Araki” movie when you see it. David Lynch’s movie I saw [Lost Highway]. Those are the kind of directors I like. They take you into their world, even if you don’t want to go!

Q: Have you been to any murder trials recently?

JW: Not any more, OJ ruined it. I made Serial Mom and once I make a movie about one of my obsessions it’s used up, I’m over it. I tried to go to a murder trial in Baltimore, and they all recognized me and thought I was making a movie about it, so it wasn’t fun any more.

Q; What’s your current obsession?

JW: Hmm, I’ll have to think about that…I’ve always been interested in behavior I can’t understand. That’s the one thing that interests me more than anything. As soon as I can understand it, I lose my obsession. Certainly, my current obsession is always whatever I’m writing about, and in a way, the art world was a new obsession.

Bob: As you possibly know, John has evolved his creativity into being a fine artist.

JW: What I do is take pictures off the TV screen of other directors’ work and redirect them in storyboards the way I think they should be.

Bob: What was interesting to me was that I saw many people [at the screening] last night turning to each other and asking who Tex Watson was.

JW: Oh, God. I made this movie two months after attending the Manson trial, and you can certainly see the influence in this very much. I can. And since then, I sort of cringe when I see that, because I’ve taught in prison since then. It was something that was very radical at the time. And nobody else did Manson imagery then — until 20 years later, when Guns ‘N Roses got in trouble for it! It was something that was very much in the news at the time. The whole murder scene that was cut out [and now featured in the newly restored outtakes] was a subplot where they get revenge.

Continued at Pt. 3

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Copyright 1997, ECG

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