It's one of those scenarios that would be hard to believe in a movie.
As John Waters embarked on the cross-country hitchhiking trip that is memorialized in his recently published book, "Carsick," a 20-year-old Tea Party-affiliated legislator from Frederick County offered him a ride.
And, to make it all the more cinematic, the Bible-thumping college student and the "Pope of Trash" hit it off.
"We don't see eye to eye on a lot of things, but that's not going to prevent us from having a lifetime friendship because of this trip," Brett Bidle, now 22, told the Frederick News-Post.
Bidle, a member of the Myersville (pop. 1600) town council, told the paper that he thought Waters looked "crazy" at first.
"I was a little standoffish because I just wanted to sit there and drive. At one point he reached into his jacket pocket and we just looked at each other with a blank stare, like, 'Is this it? Is this when it happens?'" Bidle told the paper.
Waters pulled out a tissue.
"Chill out," he said, Bidle told the paper.
After driving Waters from Western Maryland to Ohio, Bidle decided to pick up Waters on the last leg of the filmmaker's trip, picking him up in Denver and taking him to Truckee, Calif.
Bidle then traveled to Waters' San Francisco home -- his new buddy had given him the keys -- and hung out there until Waters arrived.
Although the two do not agree about politics -- or much else, for that matter -- Bidle and Waters have remained friends.
Bidle told The News-Post that he has visited the director at his Baltimore home several times and brought his girlfriend to meet him.
But, despite their friendship, Bidle told the paper he found the book "kind of shocking."
We're sure Waters was pleased.