John Waters

  • Aired:  06/10/14
  •  | Views: 16,427

Director John Waters ponders being the oddest figure in American culture and shares hitchhiking stories from his memoir "Carsick." (5:54)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS A RENOWNEDDIRECTOR WHO HITCHHIKED ACROSS

AMERICA FOR HIS NEW MEMOIR.

IT'S A GOOD THING.

IF HE HAD FLOWN IT, IT WOULDHAVE BEEN A REALLY SHORT BOOK.

PLEASE WELCOME JOHN WATERS.

[APPLAUSE]HEY, JOHN.

GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

THANKS FOR COMING BACK.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: LOVELY TO SEE YOUAGAIN.

WE HAD A WONDERFUL TIME LASTTIME YOU WERE HERE.

HOW HAVE YOU BEEN OTHER THANSTRANGE?

>> WELL, THAT'S HOW I MAKE MYLIVING.

EVERY MORNING I GO TO WORK AND IHAVE TO THINK UP SOMETHING WEIRD

AND I SELL IT IN THE AFTERNOON.

THAT'S MY JOB.

>> Stephen: HERE'S MY PROBLEMWITH YOU.

YOU KNOW I GOT A COUPLE PROBLEMSWITH YOU.

MY NUMBER-ONE PROBLEM WITH YOUIS YOU ARE THE ODDEST FIGURE IN

AMERICAN CULTURE THAT WE ALSOLOVE AT THE SAME TIME.

WE LOVE YOU FOR YOUR ODDNESS.

>> THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: BUT I'M ATRADITIONAL AMERICAN MAN.

I'M THREATENED BY THE FACT THATI STILL LIKE YOU.

DO YOU HAVE ANY RESPONSIBILITYFOR WHAT YOU'VE DONE TO OUR

CULTURE?

DO YOU THINK RESPONSIBLE FOR THEDEGRADATION OF OUR MORALS?

>> YES.

I'M PROUD THAT I'VE INVITED YOUINTO A WORLD WHERE YOU'D BE

UPTIGHT AND I MAKE YOU FEEL SAFEAND I'M YOUR GUIDE AND YOU CAN

LAUGH.

YES, I THINK THAT'S IMPORTANT.

THEN PEOPLE DON'T JUDGE PEOPLE.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]>> Stephen: JOHN, IF PEOPLE

DON'T JUDGE PEOPLE, I'M OUT OF AJOB.

>> I KNOW.

I KNOW.

>> Stephen: EVERYBODY KNOWSYOU FROM YOUR ICONIC MOVIES.

I WANT TO TALK ABOUT YOUR NEWBOOK, "CARSICK: JOHN WATERS

HITCHHIKES ACROSS AMERICA."

YOU ACTUALLY HITCHHIKED.

>> FROM BALTIMORE TO SANFRANCISCO.

>> Stephen: WHAT ON EARTH?

WHEN I WAS... IN THE 1970s, IGREW UP IN THE '70s, THAT WAS

BIG HITCHHIKING TIME.

♪ LIKE A VISION SHE WAS LAYINGTHERE ♪♪

CHEVY VAN.

PICK UP A GIRL, HAVE SEX WITHHER, DROP HER OFF AT THE NEXT

TOWN.

I WAS TAUGHT NOT TO HITCHHIKE BYMY FOLKS BECAUSE THE MANSON

FAMILY WOULD GRAB YOU.

WEREN'T YOU SCARED?

>> I WAS SCARED THAT NOBODYWOULD PICK ME UP.

BUT IN THE BEGINNING OF THEBOOK, I IMAGINED ALL THE THINGS

I WOULD BE SCARED OF.

I WROTE 15 RIDES, THE BEST ICOULD IMAGINE, AND THE BEST FOR

ME WILL DEFINITELY NOT BE THEBEST FOR YOU.

>> Stephen: YOU HAVE BEST-CASEAND WORST-CASE SCENARIOS.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING THAT COULDHAVE HAPPENED?

>> WELL I HAD SEX IN ADEMOLITION DERBY IN THE CAR

IN THE RACE. THAT WAS FUN.

>> Stephen: JOHN, THAT'S THEDEFINITION OF UNSAFE SEX.

>> WELL, IT WAS SAFE.

>> Stephen: WHO WERE SOME OFTHE PEOPLE WHO DID PICK

YOU UP?

>> A MINISTER'S WIFE.

A COP.

A TRUCKER.

A COAL MINER.

A ROCK BAND CALLED "HERE WE GOMAGIC"

>> Stephen: WHY DO YOU THINKTHEY PULLED THEIR CAR OVER FOR

YOU?

IS IT BECAUSE YOU'RE DRESSEDLIKE A VALET?

>> NO, I THINK I'M THE BELLBOYAT HOWARD JOHNSON'S.

THAT'S WHAT THIS LOOKS LIKE.

>> Stephen: WERE YOU EVERSCARED?

>> I WAS NOT SCARED OF THEPEOPLE.

>> Stephen: WERE THEY SCAREDOF YOU?

>> NO, THEY THOUGHT I WAS AHOMELESS MAN.

THEY DIDN'T RECOGNIZE ME.

THEY THOUGHT I WAS A BEGGAR WHOWAS TOO STUPID TO HOLD THE SIGN

AT A RED LIGHT INSTEAD OF AT ANENTRANCE RAMP WHERE I WAS

>> Stephen: WHAT DID YOUDISCOVER ABOUT AMERICA?

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU?

>> IT TOOK NINE DAYS, 21 RIDES.

>> WHAT DID YOU DISCOVER IN YOUR21 RIDES?

IS THERE ANY COMMON THEMEBETWEEN ALL THESE PEOPLE?

>> HOW INCREDIBLY OPEN MINDEDTHEY WERE ABOUT PEOPLE.

HOW PEOPLE THAT PICK UPHITCHHIKERS, ONCE THEY STOP, IT

MAKES THEM A LITTLE BETTER OF APERSON.

I THINK THE PEOPLE WERE GREAT.

THEY WERE SO OPEN MINDED, MOREOPEN MINDED THAN INTELLECTUALS I

KNOW IN L.A. AND NEW YORK.

THESE PEOPLE DEFIED WHAT YOU'DTHINK ABOUT A COAL MINER.

IT DIDN'T MATTER IF THEY WEREREPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT EITHER.

THEY WERE COMPLETELY OPEN TOHELPING PEOPLE.

>> Stephen: DID YOU HAVE AFAVE?

>> MY FAVE, WELL, I HAD AREPUBLICAN ELECTED OFFICIAL, THE

YOUNGEST ONE IN MARYLAND, WHOPICKED ME UP AND DROVE ME TO

OHIO.

HIS PARENTS THOUGHT I KIDNAPPEDHIM BECAUSE IT'S NOT GOOD TO

GOOGLE ME IF YOU'RE A PARENT.

THEN HE DROVE 48 HOURS AT80mph AND CAUGHT UP WITH

ME IN DENVER AND GAVE ME MORERIDES.

HE WAS THE BEST RIDE I HAD,DEFINITELY.

>> Stephen: WOW.

WOW.

>> HE WAS GREAT.

>> Stephen: WAS THERE... WASTHERE ANY CHANCE HE TOOK YOU TO

A DEMOLITION DERBY?

>> NO.

HE DIDN'T.

[LAUGHTER]IT WAS TOTALLY INNOCENT.

IT WAS A BROMANCE.

>> Stephen: WHAT WERE YOU MOSTAFRAID OF.

WE'VE HEARD YOUR BEST-CASESCENARIOS. WHAT WERE YOUR WORSE

CASE SCENARIOS? WHAT WERE YOUAFRAID MIGHT HAPPEN?

>> I WAS AFRAID... I GOT PICKEDUP BY A WOMAN.

I GET IN THE CAR, AND SHE SAID,HAVE YOU EVER HAD SEX WITH A

JUNKY.

AND I SAID, WELL, NOT KNOWINGLY.

AND SHE SAID, BECAUSE YOU CANJUDGE.

YOU CAN COME OUT AND I CAN'T BESTRUNG OUT?

SHE WAS ONLY SEXUALLY ATTRACTEDTO JUNKIES, WHICH IS CALLED A

SCAG HAG.

I DIDN'T KNOW THIS.

>> IT'S FICTION.

>> Stephen: YOU CAN GO INTOYOUR OWN MIND AND SURPRISE

YOURSELF.

>> THAT'S WHAT I HOPED TO DO.

>> Stephen: THIS BEING AMERICA,WERE YOU PACKING HEAT?

>> NO.

BUT ALL MY CRIMINAL FRIENDS TOLDME TO.

ALL THE PEOPLE I KNOW IN JAILSAID, TAKE A GUN.

TAKE MACE.

THEY WERE MORE UPTIGHT ABOUTIT THAN MY FAMILY.

>> THAT'S WHY THEY'RE IN JAIL.

[LAUGHTER]>> Stephen: WHAT'S THE LESSON

YOU WANT TO TEACH ALL OF US?

>> THAT THIS SUMMER EVERYBODYSHOULD TAKE A HITCHHIKING TRIP,

EVEN IF IT'S FOR TWO MILES.

IT'S AN ADVENTURE, A SOAP OPERA,A REALITY SHOW.

YOU'LL MEET NEW PEOPLE.

YOU DON'T NEED TO GO ON DATINGSITES.

JUST GO HITCHHIKING.

>> Stephen: THAT IS WONDERFULADVICE THAT FOR LEGAL REASONS I

WILL NOT ENDORSE.

JOHN WATERS, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THE BOOK IS "CARSICK."

JOHN WATERS, THE GREAT.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

Loading...