Lip Service to a Fine Feature
Time; October 5, 1998
John Waters' new feature film, "Pecker," opened last week. We asked Waters about another distinctive feature, his pencil-thin mustache.
Q: Why a pencil-thin mustache?
A: I'm trying to wipe out with one move all my good breeding. Actually, I always wanted to be Little Richard as a child.
Q: Is it difficult to maintain?
A: No, I really don't even think about it anymore. Every morning I shave from the top, and use a scissors on the bottom twice a week. I've had it since I was 19. I'm 52 now, and I'm thinking of dyeing it blue when I go gray.
Q: Who else has a good pencil-thin mustache?
A: The lead singer of the Platters. It's mostly R&B stars or villains in 1930s movies.
Q: How would a pencil-thin mustache affect Ken Starr's appearance?
A: The only reason I would shave off my mustache is if Ken Starr grew one.