The legendary and controversial filmmaker John Waters turns 69 today (something I’m sure he’s relishing in on its own) and we thought we’d give a shout out to some of our favorite Water’s moments as a tribute.
1. Pink Flamingos (1972) – one of the most crass and filthy movies of all time, Pink Flamingos follows drag-criminal Divine as she seeks to keep her crown as “Filthiest Person Alive.”
The movie is both disgusting and hilarious, with everything from sex with a chicken to a turd in a box.
2. Cry-baby (1990) - Back before Johnny Depp was dressing like a pirate, he was clad in Elvis-garb and tattooed with a tear drop below his eye. Young But lets face it, ”Hatchet Face” steals the show in this classic film
3 – Hairspray (1988) - A classic for any shower singer or plus sized lady with stars in her eyes, Hairspray was the first Waters movie to get outside the ‘terri-bad’ zone and try and have some commercial success. Obviously it succeed when it got a remake in 2007.
4 - John Waters Hitchhikes Across America - Back in 2014, Waters said ‘fuck it’ and hitch hiked across the country for inspiration on a new book, Carsick.
“People would drive past me and think, “Was that John Waters?” But no! Why would I be standing there doing that? And they’d come back and pick me up,” Waters told NPR in an AWESOME INTERVIEW YOU CAN HEAR THE ENTIRETY OF HERE. ”Other people didn’t know and pulled over and tried to give me money or help me and then realized [who I was] and started laughing and screaming. And many people didn’t recognize me, and when I did tell them during a normal conversation in the car that I was a film director, they just looked at me like I was so deluded as a homeless person that believed he was a cult film director.”
5 – RuPaul Drives… John Waters – While still touring supporting his Carsick book, Waters found himself in the car with famed queen RuPaul as part of her “RuPaul Drives…” series with Wonder World. Check out the video below: