John Waters

The Wisdom: John Waters

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John Waters

The veteran Aussie actor, songman and John Lennon channeller reflects on a very full life.

A wise man knows… that he doesn’t know everything
A foolish man thinks… he knows it all.
What makes me laugh are… the absurdities of life. Instead of looking for a meaning in life, I look for a rhythm in life, and most of that rhythm is humorous.
The unfunniest thing is… the dark side of human beings. While we’re capable of the greatest beauty, we’re also capable of the greatest cruelty. Unfortunately were getting a lot of that in the world today.
When I was a boy I thought… I’d be a professional footballer for Chelsea football club and go on to a career as a TV pundit.
My heroes were….Jimmy Greaves, who played for Chelsea and then made his career with Tottenham Hotspur, and Roy Rogers, the 1950s American TV cowboy, who managed to always shoot the guns out of the hands of the bad guys.
NOW they are….people who try to use whatever powers they have to change the world for the better.
If I was to teen my teen myself I’d say… “Quit wasting time-you think there’s a lot of it but there’s not nearly as much as you think.”
The last dream I remember… was being back in New York, where I toured with my John Lennon show last year, and I was running around in Central Park with my kids. We actually did that in that idyllic place, so I guess it was just reliving a lovely time.
Success is… the ability to communicate with people.
Failure can be… one of the best teachers you’ll ever have in life – if you pay attention to the reasons behind it.
When In doubt… I empty my thoughts so I don’t struggle for solutions. Solutions will come naturally rather than being forced.
At the end of a hard day I… enjoy having a laugh with my children.
If I was Australian PM I would… pass laws that reflect who Australians really are, which is warm, egalitarian, welcoming people.
Music is… the key to another part of your brain that has nothing to do with everyday life. For me, that is an elevating and spiritual experience.
The sweetest sound is… a mournful accordion being played outside your window when you wake up somewhere in the south of France.
If a song could play whenever I arrived somewhere It’d be… an orchestra striking up Thus Spoke Zarathustra from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Acting can be… an activity that warps your perception of yourself if you’re not careful. It’s something I say budding actors: stay who you are.
When I see myself on screen I… look away. I used to watch but I find that I get a little more self involved as time goes by. It’s a strange thing, really, most people say it’s the other way around. I don’t want to get into the habit of watching myself because it affects what I then do in my subsequent job.
True style means… original thought, applied with gay abandon.
But you’d never catch me wearing… shorts. I wear my black jeans all summer and people ask why. It’s because I’m just not a shorts person. Why go back to primary school?
Love is… the force and glue that binds the universe together.
Looking at the stars I… feel incredibly insignificant. Like all performers, I have an ego. It’s nice to have it diminished.
Top Of my bucket list is… to go to Montevideo in Uruguay and listen to a 90-year-old tango singer. It will happen. I have plans!
My epitaph will read… He came, he saw, he conga’d.