Tim Curry shared a hysterical story with NPR’s “Fresh Air” about The Waverly. He lived just a block away, as it happened. Witnessing the nightly costuming and revelry of the burgeoning underground scene, his curiosity was piqued. He said he called first since it was impossible to get a seat. They didn’t believe him and said he was the third “Tim Curry” to call that week. When he did show up, he ended up getting kicked out by an “usherette” who announced to everyone that he was an “imposter.”
As she dragged him outside, he showed his passport and said, “Still think I’m an imposter?” To apologies and coaxings to come back in, Curry said, with a flair, we’d all expect, “I wouldn’t dream of coming back in.” He did finally get to see a midnight showing on the Strip in L.A.
Royalties? What Royalties?
Susan Sarandon boycotted the Rocky Horror franchise over the DVD release. In 2002, Sarandon told "SCI FI Wire," “For me, it’s the principle of the thing. There are other people involved with that movie which need some money.” She said. “It’s been a golden egg for the longest time, and it’s the least they could do.” They flatly declined.
Here's what happened. “I’ll let you in on a secret,” she told the magazine. “When [FOX] did the DVD, and they asked me to do the voice-over, I said, ‘How about giving people some money? You could throw a little money our way.’ And they wouldn’t, and I didn’t.”
The Elvis Presley Connection
The buzz around the Rocky Horror stage show moving to film was hot. Elvis Presley was set on doing a cameo as Eddie, and Fox was too. The King was so impressed by it that he went to meet Meat Loaf and Tim Curry at the L.A. show.
Fox had big plans to make this movie a rock n’ roll extravaganza with Mick Jagger as Frank, Elvis Presley as Eddie, Bowie as Riff Raff, presumably, and, perhaps, Cher as Columbia or Magenta. With those names, ticket and LP sales would’ve been astronomical. To their credit, Fox let the boys indulge their artistic freedom and recreate their stage musical with its original talent.
Meat Loaf Was Served at the Rocky Horror Birthday Feast
Keeping it real. When Dr. Frank-N-Furter ceremoniously whips the tablecloth off during the Rocky Horror birthday feast revealing Eddie’s remains, cast reactions were genuine.
To capture on film an authentically surprised reaction, none of the actors except Tim Curry and Richard O’Brien were privy to the exposure of what was left of Eddie. At that same table scene, a genuinely pained expression on Janet’s face is also real. Bostwick pounded his fist on the table, and Sarandon’s hand was in the way. Later, she got him back, accidentally, by spiking his foot with a stiletto heel in a dance number misstep.
Dr. Frank was Conceived as a Peroxide Blonde
According to Tim Curry, when he first read the script, he used a German accent, sort of “middle European,” but it seemed “a little used.” Next, they tried it with an American spin, [no comment], and then he said it was the director’s idea to make him sort of a “Belgravia hostess with the mostest.” His revelati
on for the perfect pitch randomly happened. He explained in a 1975 interview, “I just remember being on a bus once and a very sort of débuter lady in a headscarf turned to a friend and said, ‘Do you have a hice in the town or a hice in the country?’”