Divine Comedy: John Waters interviewed

| August 25, 2000

Divine Comedy: John Waters Interviewed

Director John Waters, (Pink Flamingos, Cry Baby, Pecker) discusses his latest progeny, Cecil B. DeMented, a film, released last Friday, about a renegade film crew dedicated to the debasement of Hollywood. While creating their own movie, the crew crashes the screening of Patch Adams: the Director's Cut and hides in a XXX theater to evade their pursuers. Waters' interview touches upon his concern about Melanie Griffith (as star of the show, Honey Whitlock) shooting an action film in 32 days and his about disdain for Hollywood.

It seems particularly appropriate that the interview appears in Flak Magazine, a two-year old, non-profit magazine, based out of Madison, aimed to be a 'noncomprehensive guide to everything,' rather than in Entertainment or People magazine.

As for Waters' feelings about the recent streak of gross-out comedy, he tells Eric Wittmershaus, 'Nobody thought those were real testicles in (There's) Something About Mary... Nobody thought that somebody really shot semen in (Cameron Diaz's) hair. But they all know that Divine [in Pink Flamingos] really ate dog shit, so I'm sorry, I still feel like Muhammad Ali.'

As for the future, Waters predicts that the next development in film will be when a major Hollywood actor has sex on screen. He seemed certain it would happen in the next ten years. -- Sara V. Buckwitz
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