What? Really? I don't believe that.

Well, I did with having nobody come to see a movie. But that's different. The actors aren't there. Only I would have known. [laughs]

When it comes to music, you have really eclectic tastes. What are you listening to now?

Waters: "Thank you for letting me get away with this."
Waters: "Thank you for letting me get away with this."

Location Info


Parker Playhouse

707 NE Eighth St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Category: Theaters

Region: Fort Lauderdale


An Evening With John Waters and "This Filthy World," 6 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale. There will be a screening of Polyester before the performance and a Q&A session after. Tickets cost $36.50, $46.50, $61.50, and $125 (VIP). Call 954- 462-0222.

Let's see what I have here. Goldie; oh, this jazz singer Susie Arioli, who I didn't know existed; Dirty Projectors; Beth Ditto; all the Baltimore ones; Harper Simon; Beach House, of course; Justin Bieber; Zola Jesus.

What is the last great book you read? Or what are you currently reading?

I just finished the book on the Barefoot Bandit. The true story of Colton Harris-Moore. Remember him? And another one that I really liked, it's a really a smart book about the Warhol films. The Black Hole of the Camera by J.J. Murphy. Those are the last two books I read, and tonight I'm going to start reading, let's see, probably Butterfly in the Typewriter: The Tragic Life of John Kennedy Toole and the Remarkable Story of a Confederacy of Dunces. It's sort of a biography of the tragedies in his life. [laughs]

Do you think A Dirty Shame will be your last film?

It may well be. And that wouldn't be the end of the world for me. I have a meeting tomorrow about Fruitcake. But you know, I'm writing another book. My last one was a bestseller. My career is going better than it's ever been, except for making movies. That's a good question. But if it is, you know, I've spoken. It's not like I've left any stones unturned in the battle of the tyranny of good taste. But I still hope I get to make this film [Fruitcake]; it's a children's movie, and I've never parodied that genre before.

So, you'll be making your way down to Fort Lauderdale soon, and you've been here before. Do you have any fun stories about visiting in the past?

My very favorite hustler bar in the whole wide world was in Fort Lauderdale. It hasn't been there in over 25 years, and I wish I remembered the name. I accidentally stumbled into it, and it was shocking and great. And other people always tell me the name of it, and I wish it was still around. But it's long, long gone. It was truly something out of [Jean] Genet meets John Reggie. This was like "straight" guys who were hustlers. Well, they certainly were not straight. Whatever they were. They were like gay for pay. It was just amazing. You know that time has come and gone. It was very old-school Genet, and older gay men always know what bar I'm talking about. I wish someone would give me a picture of that bar.

What's the best advice you've ever been given?

That a "no" is free. Don't be afraid of rejection.

And if you could choose your last words, what would they be?

"Thank you for letting me get away with this." It's really true, you know. The first movie I made was in 1964; that's getting close to 50 years. And I still don't have to get a "real" job. I work longer hours than a real job. [laughs] But I don't ever wake up and think, "Oh God. Ugh. I have to go to work." That's the ultimate freedom.

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