I am working on my list of heroes, and John Waters is on it. I read his book Shock Value before I actually saw any of his films. It opened up my mind as to what I might be able to do in film. When I moved to New York, I pursued a job at New Line Cinema. This was before Nightmare On Elm Street; I knew them as the home of Pink Flamingos. I got a gig inspecting their 16mm. prints and just getting to share an elevator with John and witness that mustache live gave me enough hope to get through the next year.
I have now got to produce for him and he's only grown in stature for me. Here is a guy who thought he'd end up in jail and instead has a life most can only dream of. He's got seven great careers: filmmaker; artist; broadway show creator; actor; comedian/lecturer; music compiler; and author. The guy is a cultural authority. And okay, so filmmaker is not such a great career, but it's an excellent hobby!
I hope John keeps making movies for years to come. Until we get the next one financed though, lucky for all of us, he keeps feeding us choice bits.
Here he is on why John loves Christmas.
And here is John's advice for Obama.