John Waters on "Role Models"
This week in The Sun, movie critic Mike Sragow talks to Baltimore filmmaker John Waters about his new book, "Role Models." It's a look at some unlikely models, including Leslie Van Houten, one of Charles Manson's murderous clan. On the jump is an excerpt from the book.
Waters says in the article, “I want people to like what I’ve written about them, and so far everyone I’ve given the book to has liked it. The Leslie Van Houten part was very hard for her to read. Fourteen thousand words about the worst night of her life. But I didn’t write about anybody I didn’t like. If you are interested in these stories, you can learn from them; you can learn from what happened to Leslie and not have your own life screwed up.”
Most of all, says the article, Waters wants readers “to like some of my friends, even when there are some issues. Even when their issues make their experiences so out of the norm, I’m always fascinated by how they deal with that.”
(Keep reading for Waters' words.)
Baltimore Sun photo by Jed Kirschbaum