Movie-maker John Waters doesn't have to look far for inspiration for his most unsavoury characters - they live in his home town of Baltimore, Maryland.

The CRY BABY director is famous for his grotesque movie characters, but he insists they're all based on real people he meets in the street.

He says, "I've been here (in Baltimore) in some of the bars and the stuff that goes on here, it's amazing.

"The first day it's warm, people are nude a lot. With bodies that should never be nude in public - I saw this woman, she was about 50-years-old, with a gut, and she had a crop top like Britney Spears.

"She had just had her belly button pierced, but it was infected. And there she was, just walking down the street."