Tim Curry, the English actor known for his portrayal of Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the 1975 cult film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” gave his seal of approval for the rebooted TV movie.
When Deadline asked if Curry gives the Fox version his “unconditional endorsement,” he answered, “I do indeed.” Curry added that he remembers “quite a lot” about making the original, since it was his first movie role. “I didn’t miss much,” he said.
He even offered to play Dr. Scott in the remake “because I was already in a wheelchair, but they thought Narrator was a better fit and I enjoyed it a lot.”
Curry was so memorable in his original role as Dr. Frank-N-Furter that many are calling it his “enduring legacy.” The honour is enough to overwhelm anyone, but Curry takes it in stride. “There’s not a lot I can do about it,” he jokingly said.
The reboot’s executive producer Lou Adler really appreciates Curry’s support. After they got him involved, Adler said the project “loosened up and they became more interesting to them.”
Meanwhile, Ben Vereen, who nabbed the role of Dr. Scott, told Variety that they do not wish to surpass the greatness of the original since they are not even trying to compete with it.
“I don’t believe that we are re-making anything,” he said. “To me, this is not a remake. You cannot remake the ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show.’ But you can pay tribute and honor it. That’s what we wanted to do and we accomplished.”
His co-star Annaleigh Ashford, who will play Columbia, agreed with Vereen’s thoughts. She added that they repeatedly watched the original film so they can provide “little nudges and nods to the original performance.”
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” will be released on Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.