John Waters is realizing the dream of a lifetime this holiday season. He's having screen time with Alvin the Chipmunk.
"I've always wanted to be in an Alvin movie," said Waters, who's in the midst of a 22-day, 19-city performance tour. "I talk about Alvin in my Christmas show. He's always been my mentor."
Which is only fitting, of course. Waters, Baltimore's most proudly unregenerate bad boy, has been delighting crowds with his "John Waters Christmas" shows for years (he'll be performing at Soundstage Baltimore on Dec. 23, but sorry, the show's sold out). And Alvin, along with his brothers Simon and Theodore, achieved early fame with their 1958 holiday hit, "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't be Late)."
When approached, Waters jumped at the chance to be in the latest Chipmunk movie, "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip," which opens Friday. He doesn't want to say much about his cameo, which was filmed back in April, save to say that it takes place on a plane.
But the mind boggles at what the man behind "Pink Flamingos" and the chirpy, helium-voiced troublemaker, Alvin, could talk about. Divine? Edie the Egg Lady? Being raped by a giant lobster? Dog poop?
Waters is mum on the details. Truth is, he has yet to see the finished product.
"I can't wait to walk up to the ticket window and say, 'One senior for "Alvin and the Chipmunks," ' " he said with glee.
Of course, with "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" also opening this weekend, Waters may not have a lot of company in the theater. But that, too, he sees as a badge of honor.
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"I love that he's opening against 'Star Wars,' " Waters said. "Who else has the balls but Alvin?"