Contrary to what the title alludes to, the title is about an actor. Jeff made a comment today in class that made me recall a reaction I had recently while watching a movie called Trouble in Mind.

If anyone has ever really gotten me to talk about movies I have seen, and trust me there are not many, I am obsessed with the work of John Waters.  My favorites include an actor whose stage name is Divine.  Divine was part of a group known as the Dreamlanders, a group of friends and actors who are featured in Waters’s films.  I knew Divine had acted in a few films without Waters directing and later in his career, he was wanting to take more serious roles (which is why he declined being part of a Pink Flamingos sequel), one of which is Trouble in Mind.  

Jeff mentioned today in class that when you see Bruce Willis is in a film, you usually know what type of film it is going to be.  I can think of this with a few other actors, but that is aside the point.  I knew this movie was going to be different from what I had seen Divine in before, but I almost found it jarring how different it was.  John Waters’s films are known to be somewhat obscene and gross and Divine has been a part of it along the way, even as far as eating dog feces in the final scene of one movie.  Trouble in Mind was the complete opposite of that.  He still plays a somewhat kooky character, and, for the first time, played a role that included no scenes in which he was in drag.  I had a hard time getting past that.

However though, maybe this film is what Divine needed.  His character not had a personality and a character that could fit inside of a Waters film, but also a character that could be more related to at the same time.  He broke out of  what he was known for and confused the audience that knew him for his past work.  However, Trouble in Mind was created to be the opposite of a Waters film.  It was designed to be accessible and seen by the masses instead of a film that is only shown during a midnight showing.  If that is really what Divine was going for, he succeeded.

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http://divineofficial.com/post/25641044268/kris-kristofferson-as-hawk-and-divine-as-hilly. Accessed 4. March 2014. Used here under Educational Fair Use only.

http://divineofficial.com/post/25641044268/kris-kristofferson-as-hawk-and-divine-as-hilly. Accessed 4. March 2014. Used here under Educational Fair Use only.

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