Filmmaker and writer John Waters on making his audience root for the villains

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Filmmaker John Waters. Credit: Greg Gorman

Filmmaker John Waters is known for his singular taste and aesthetic in films like “Hairspray,” Polyester,” and “Pink Flamingos.” As the author of the novel “Liarmouth: A Feel-Bad Romance,” he is no less bold in his plot and character choices. Waters tells The Treatment as outrageous as much of the book is, much of it could actually happen. He says he likes to populate his films and stories with characters who would be villains in other peoples’ stories. And one thing Waters says he has no tolerance for is people who don’t have a sense of humor about themselves.




Rebecca Mooney