John Waters interview – Eye Weekly (10.20.10)

Iconic director John Waters talks about his memoirs, Role Models, as well as the appeal of the Jackass franchise.

What surprises you?
I saw Jackass 3D last night and there’s a scene where they put cellophane all over this obese man and drain the sweat from him, including from his butt crack, and drink it and puke into the audience in 3D. And it’s pretty good to me. This is playing in every mall in America — it’s amazing. I mean eating shit became a hit at midnight movies in rich neighbourhoods and art theatres [following the release of Pink Flamingos], but this is playing everywhere. And that’s a good sign. Last night I saw a blue-collar audience, sold out; guys with their kids watching a pig eat an apple out of another man’s asshole. And I thought — huh? How do they get away with it? And they do get away with it, in a great way. It’s really anarchy.

And it’s not a lowering of standards.
No. Are you kidding? There are no standards. And that’s the point.

And maybe these are all natural human impulses?
Maybe. I’ve never had the urge to have a pig eat an apple out of my ass — even on a bad night. I suppress those urges. Maybe I’m not a free enough person, but I’ve never wanted to drain the sweat out of an obese person’s asscrack and drink it. I have never even thought of it.

Read the full interview here.

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