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4 Questions With John Waters

You’ve been called the Prince of Puke, the Pope of Trash. What grosses you out?

Over-produced movies. Movies that are made only to make money by committee and market testing, and when you market test so everyone likes it, it winds up no one likes it .?.?. .

Why don’t people go to the movies in America?

They would rather stay home and eat. That is the thing no one talks about. Everyone wonders why the film business isn’t doing well. It’s because Americans can’t last two hours without food. That’s too long to leave the house without eating.

Do you have a New Year’s resolution?

See this? [He pulls a card from his wallet with scribbles all over it.] 1,090 days. That’s how long I haven’t smoked. I quit New Year’s Day three years ago. Every day I mark another day. It’s an ongoing, continuous resolution.

How do you get over a broken heart?

The worst thing ever is to fuck ’em again. It’s like my 1,090 days without cigarettes — don’t fuck ’em ’cause then you have to start over again at zero. Only time will do. And here’s a bit of advice — if you catch your friends rolling their eyes, it’s time to see a shrink.