Tom Waits Upsets Mom With Devil Role

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It's hard to imagine, but Tom Waits has a mom, and she's just as disappointed in him as yours is in you. Waits tells the Canadian Press that his mother gave him an earful about his playing the devil in Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus: "She's really upset. Pretty pissed off about the whole thing. My mom was raised in the church. If you just tell your mom, flat-out: 'I'm playing the devil, mom.' Then you just leave it there, and you don't explain anything, they imagine all kinds of things. Moms imagine terrible things — that I'm eating children, which is just not me. I'm not that kind of devil, mom." [Canadian Press]