Hello ATS! If you've opened this thread, then I assume that you LOVE John Waters and all of his films. Please read on if you would like insight into
my amazingly lucky day.
What I am about to tell you may make any John Water's fan very envious of me. Tonight, I had the opportunity to have three separate conversations
with the pope of filth. I am not a person of the press, nor anyone of great importance, I am a 28 year old college student with short brown hair, and
thick plastic glasses. I just happened to be in all the right places at the right times.
Today was a very unexpected day. I woke up this morning with no plans for the evening.This afternoon, a friend said that she had two extra tickets
to go see John Water's perform his Christmas skit at the Rialto, here in Tucson. I thought that the tickets would be too expensive, so I did not look
into buying any for myself. My friend sold me two tickets for $50 to go see John with her, and her partner. Mine and my friends ticket seats were in
two different spots. She had reserved seats in the fifth row, and my seat was in the second to last row. Regardless, it was John Water's, my idol
whom I quote on a daily basis! It didn't matter where I was in the theater, I was happy just being there. Seeing him perform was great, he's a dirty
old man! Suddenly, towards the end of the skit, my friend ran back from the front seats, and then pulled me out of my seat to go up to the fifth row
and sit with her! No one stopped us, from taking the empty seats. John Waters was like 15 feet away from me at that point.
After the show was over, John did a Q and A with the audience. It was a first-come-first serve Q and A, and as soon as I realized that, I raised
my hand to ask the second question. He looked at me, and I said "First off, HI!", he laughed and said,"Hi." At that point, surrounded by a few
hundred people, and with the John Water's attention on me, I felt this surge of energy blow through my body. I did not really have a question, so I
instantly said the first thing that came to mind.
I can not use the exact wording that I used on this website, because it contained profanities. If any of you are familiar with the cult classic,
Pink Flamingos, starring Mink Stole, and Divine, you know about the infamous chicken scene. I asked John if what happened in the chicken scene, did in
fact happen in real life. Everyone laughed, and John Water's said his usual spheal about how the chicken had a good time, but died, in fact, a
virgin. The actor that killed the chicken, cooked it and ate it. He said that was no different from the bird I ate last week. I yelled out that I was
a vegetarian I was pumped, I could not believe that I got to ask him a question!
Being able to directly ask John Waters anything, was cool enough, but the next thing that happened was like something out of a dream. After the
show was totally over, my friends and I decided to go across the road to club Congress for some coffee and drinks. The place was crowded because they
were having fundraisers for National AIDS day. We were just sitting on a booth, and then casually John Waters walks right in, like three feet away
from our knees! I instantly sprang up to my feet, which totally invaded his personal space, and said, "Hey!" like he was my best friend. He had like
three or four normally dressed security guys with him. I stuck my hand out and he shook it, smiled, then asked me how I was doing. I think that I said
I was awesome, and asked him the same, then I thanked him for coming to Tucson.
My friends and I were giggling, and even took pictures of our hands! We continued talking for ten minutes about our favorite movies, and funniest
quotes. If I had to absolutely pick my favorite John Waters film, it would be Female Trouble. I love Mink Stole's character Taffy. One of my favorite
scenes is the fake car crash scene. What is your favorite Water's film? Favorite scene? Quote?
My luck had been pretty incredible at this point, but it was about to get better. My friends and I decided to go through the main lobby of
Congress, to go outside and have a cigarette. While walking through, we looked over at one of the tables, and John was sitting there with only like
three other people. No one else was around him, it was so funny, the people at Congress didn't know who he was! My cousin was already talking to
him, and then ushered me over, I was like, "Wow, ok, THE creator of Female Trouble, Serial Mom, Hair Spray--ALL of the movies that I love, was within
a one foot range of me asking me questions about my life.
My cousin had already told him that my dad was transgender, so John wanted to know more about him. He asked me quite a few questions about my dad,
and his sexuality. He asked me how my mom felt about it and I told him that she didn't know until after they were married! He asked what my dad does,
and unfortunately I had to tell him that he passed away 6 years ago. John asked me if it was from AIDS, and my cousin said "No. Hepatitis."
I told him that I grew up watching Divine, that I had seen Hair Spray when I was five, and Pink Flamingos (for the first time) when I was 12. He
told me that it looked like I turned out ok. Haha. I thanked him for being who he was, and shook his hand again. Then, went away! There was no "Can I
take a picture with you?" or "Can I have your autograph?" He was like meeting up with an old friend. Like I said in the beginning of this thread,
I'm not anyone that stands out. Today, I got lucky. Right time, right place, all day.
If anyone wants to talk about some John Water's films, please start the conversation here!
This can be the official John Waters, Divine, and Mink Stole thread! Front Page!
and perhaps i'm mistaken about the scene at the end of flamingos ... isn't that the scene with divine eating, um, dog excrement? i remember the
chicken scene, too. it's been a while since i watched that movie. my wife won't sit through it
man, that film was way out there. i love the part where divine steals the steaks from the butchers, that's in flamingos, right?
Being a fan of underground and eccentric cinema I grew up loving Cecille B. Demented. I know it is considered his worst film but it had a big effect
on me when the crew went by listing their favorite directors. That scene let me know that whatever crap the mainstream put out there is lots of stuff
to explore you just gotta look.
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