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John Waters hitches a ride in 'Carsick'

Film director's new book chronicles hitchhiking journey from Baltimore to San Francisco

May 30, 2014|By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun

I think they're the same. Especially this book, because this book — one thing, I did a huge amount of research for this book. Every one of those — like when I get on a Jujyfruits truck, everything I say about Jujyfruits, where they really make them, all of that is true. Everything about the route, where we stop and so on, definitely could have happened. They do have a jail in Bunker Hill, sodomy is still illegal there, even for straight people.

Everything that's there is real.

Any chance that this might become a film?


Would you like to do it?

[Not] direct it. I would write it. The real movie would be me hitchhiking, and while I'm waiting, I imagine the good and the bad. That would be the framework.

Is there any hope for "Fruitcake" [a children's movie Waters has been trying to make for several years]?

I can't tell you about this project, but I just came back from L.A., from pitching a project that could happen. But it's not "Fruitcake," it's something else.

But, yes, I had a meeting about "Fruitcake" in New York, about two weeks ago. It's not fully dead. The film business as I know it is no longer.

What's the difference?

There is no such thing as a $5 million independent movie. They want me to go make it like I used to, but I have no desire to do that. I did that. I have 17 movies, they're all playing everywhere in the world, more than ever. I've spoken.

I can't afford to make a movie the way they want me to do it. I make way more writing these books.

The main thing is, when DVDs overnight died, that ended the safety net. That was profit. All foreign deals fell through. Nobody wants any movie that can't play in China. Nobody wants any movie that has to have any subtitles. They just want explosions. They want $100 million movies that are tentpole movies.

The worst thing they want … is a comedy based on wit. And if I was doing something, that's what I'd try to do.

Thank God I have five other careers.


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