John Waters on Bad Taste

John Waters is an filmmaker, writer, and artist who rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films, which have earned him the titles “pope of filth” and “prince of puke.” Waters’s 1970s and early ’80s trash films feature his regular troupe of actors known as Dreamlanders, most famous among them being the drag queen Divine.

In 1988, Waters had his biggest mainstream hit with “Hairspray,” which was turned into Tony Award-winning Broadway musical in 2003 and then remade as a movie musical in 2007.

In 2010, Waters published the unorthodox memoir “Role Models,” in which Waters interviews and writes about his influences as a means of telling his own life story.