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Paying 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.