Hampden's star turn

October 17, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach

Coming next spring: John Waters' Hampden.

Filming on "Pecker," the latest set-in-Baltimore Waters film, begins Monday in the North Baltimore community famous for neighborhood bars, church steeples and its blue-collar heritage.

The film will star Edward Furlong, Christina Ricci, Bess Armstrong, Mary Kay Place, Martha Plimpton, Brendan Sexton III, Mink Stole and Lili Taylor.

"It's the story of a very strange but very functional and very loving family," says Waters. "It's the Hampden of John Waters' dreams."

Furlong ("Terminator II: Judgment Day") will play Pecker (named for the way he used to peck at his food), described as a "goofy cute blue-collar kid who works in a sandwich shop and takes photos of his family."

Pecker becomes America's least likely art star when he's discovered by a New York art dealer (Taylor) who forces him into the limelight.

"It's a very Baltimore film; all my films have been Baltimore films," says Waters. "I think it combines the sweetness of 'Hairspray' with some of the edge of my older films. It's a happy story about Hampden and, I hope, a funny film."

Fine Line Features, which re-issued Waters' "Pink Flamingos" in April, plans to release "Pecker" in the second half of 1998. The film, with its $6.5 million budget, is to be shot in 30 days, almost entirely in Hampden.

Pub Date: 10/17/97

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