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Daily Inspiration: John Waters and His Favorite Characters

"My favorite characters are people who think they’re normal but they’re not. I live in Baltimore, and it’s full of people like that. I’ve also lived in New York, which is full of people who think they’re crazy, but they’re completely normal. I get my best material in Baltimore – you get dialogue that you just couldn’t imagine. I asked this guy in a bar what he did for a living and he said he traded deer meat for crack. I never realized that job even existed. You could make a whole movie about that person."

In his interview with the Baltimore newspaper, the Baltimore Sun, filmmaker John Waters discusses his favorite kind of characters that he likes to write about. These characters are plucked right from real life, from the streets of American cities and live on in John Waters movies. The cliche, “truth is stranger than fiction,” would be especially true when hearing someone talk about trading deer meat for drugs. I second the affection for people who think they’re normal but they’re not, they are the best kind.

"world of my own" by Chelle Terry