John Waters was hitchhiking through Ohio when indie rock band Here We Go Magic picked up the Hairspray director - and the Brooklyn-based band acted like it was no big deal.
Here We Go Magic bassist Jen Turner tweeted the story along with a photo of John Waters inside the band's bus.
I wasn't kidding. We really picked up John Waters hitchhiking, Turner said.
Here We Go Magic guitarist Michael Bloch e-mailed the experience to his record label, which sent the message to Gawker.
There's a hydro-fracking boom in western Pennsylvania. You can't get a motel room. We had to drive til 4AM, and finally found a Days Inn in eastern Ohio. Getting back on the highway this morning, there was a man at the side of the on-ramp with a sign that read to the end of Rte 70. Jen wanted to pick him up, but we drove past him. As we passed by, our sound guy said John Waters. [Band member] Luke [Temple] said, Yep, definitely John Waters. We got off at the next exit and circled back. He was still there. We pulled up, opened the door and asked where he was coming from. Baltimore, he said. And we said Get in, sir.
It's unclear why Waters, whose hometown of Baltimore has been a heavy influence in his films, was hitchhiking through Ohio.
What is clear are his plans, according to another tweet from Turner.
Mr. Waters is headed across the US-- I think we're dropping him in Indianapolis if u want to grab him next. Keep ur eyes peeled on the I-70! the Here We Go Magic bassist tweeted.
Interstate 70 runs from Baltimore all the way to Utah. So good luck finding John Waters!