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Just another reason to love Tim Curry
03.27.2014
08:32 am

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Appearing in a Hollywood musical was a dream come true for Tim Curry, as he explains in this extended vintage interview. Curry grew up on film musicals and at the time of the interview, he had just starred alongside Albert Finney, Carol Burnett and Bernadette Peters in Annie as Daniel “Rooster” Hannigan, a character he describes as “a cartoon villain… a failed gangster,” who thinks he is George Raft.

Tim Curry: He has a truly mean streak which finally develops in the end when he tries to kill Annie. [Pause] He does want to kill her, I think.

Interviewer: Does that bother you?

Tim Curry: No, not a bit. [Laughs] I find that quite easy.

Curry rarely talks about the The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but here he admits it probably damaged his film career.

“For when it worked, it worked so strongly that it left an image it was hard for producers to see through.”

But it wasn’t all bad, as the iconic role of Frank N. Furter was “practically a pension” for Tim and without it he believes he would never have made an impact on America.

This charming interview from 1981 is yet another reason to love Tim Curry.
 

 
Part deux avec Monsieur Curry, après le saut…

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Is this the single time Tim Curry was willing to discuss ‘Rocky Horror’ at length?
11.20.2013
09:54 am

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show


 
Fearing typecasting, Tim Curry notoriously shied away from discussing the role he’s most famous for—“Dr. Frank N. Furter” in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He never did the fan conventions. Even at the late date of 2010, when fellow cast members Barry Bostwick and Meatloaf guest-starred on “The Rocky Horror Glee Show” episode of Glee, Curry still wanted no part of it, which is what makes this B&W interview shot in 1975, the week the film was released in Britain, so fascinating

This is probably the sole extended interview on video that Curry has ever given on the subject of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He tells interviewer Mark Caldwell of the role’s physical demands, of reprising Rocky onstage in Los Angeles at The Roxy and how he tried to make the character more “evil” for the film version. When asked near the end if there would be a Rocky Horror sequel, Curry firmly deadpans “Not with me in it.”

In recent years, Curry, who had a major stroke in 2012, has been more open to talking about Rocky Horror.
 

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Here’s your Halloween anthem: Tim Curry sings ‘Anything Can Happen on Halloween’
10.30.2013
06:38 am

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The Worst Witch

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This year we celebrate Halloween with a delirious clip from the 1986 TV movie The Worst Witch, starring Diana Rigg, Charlotte Rae, and most memorably, the indelible Tim Curry.

Tim Curry is always inescapably Tim Curry, and in this context that’s a positive boon—he may be the only element in this brief clip that’s even halfway up to snuff. Never have I seen so many superfluous and chintzy video effects deployed in such a short span of time—innumerable green-screen effects, several completely crazy swirl transitions, who knows what the hell else. It’s truly a phantasmagoria of 80s cheese.

In the most “meta” moment, the song inadvertently calls attention to director Robert Young’s excessive video trickery with a brief verse about …  of all things, VHS tapes! For no discernable reason, Curry is tasked with warbling, “Gremlins gonna mess up every cassette from London to Idaho….”

It’s all just too, too good. Happy Halloween, everyone!

“Anything Can Happen on Halloween”:

 
If that intrigued you for some reason, watch The Worst Witch in full after the jump…

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Tim Curry: The advantages of a good tambourine and his song from ‘The Worst Witch’

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You can learn much from Tim Curry.

For example, the advantages to be found by investing in a good tambourine.

Like the one seen here, in this short clip of Mr. Curry from The Worst Witch, of which one happy-viewer wrote:

God the minute he gets out that Tambourine I lose it.

While another noted:

When he busted out the tambourine, my head exploded!

Who else but Mr. Curry knew and could share the power of the tambourine - other than, perhaps, some Salvation Army zealot?

But it’s not just the joys of his zil jangling that can have such a delirious affect:

Whenever I hear his voice, my panties fly off

And:

Well, my boner just ripped through my pants.

Of course, the film also has its fans:

I remember watching this screaming and wetting my seat!


Though some will admit:

I only watched this movie for Tim Curry!

Or:

Surprisingly enough, this was easy to masturbate to

And:

Oh, I’m LITERALLY giving a blowjob now.


Though most will ultimately agree:

This is the greatest thing I’ve ever seen


Now we know.

So, this year, I’ll be taking my lead form Mr. Curry and investing in a day-glo cape, a bat bow-tie and a good tambourine - who knows where it may lead?

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On Location With ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ from 1975

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Richard O’Brien originally wrote The Rocky Horror Show to while away those long winter nights when he was out of work. There was, as he says in this interview from 1975, “no hardship with it really.” It all fell into place after he met director Jim Sharman at the Royal Court Theater, who encouraged him to “round it all off.” The musical was a hit and was produced successfully in LA and New York. As Tim Curry explains The Rocky Horror Show just grew just like Topsy.

Of course, it led to the classic 1975 film version, The Rocky Horror Picture Show from which this on location report comes, featuring Tim Curry, Richard O’Brien, Jim Sharman and co. from July of that year.
 

 
More from ‘The Rocky horror’, after the jump…
 

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The 60s in 4 Minutes & 2 Songs: The day the musical ‘Hair’ invaded the BBC

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The London cast of Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical perform 2 songs (“Aquarius” and “The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In)”) on BBC’s news show Nationwide, before taking over the studio and getting the presenters, including future coke-snorter, Frank Bough, up to dance.

The original 1968 London production of Hair opened at the Shaftesbury Theater, and provided a starting block for a diverse range of young talent including: Sonja Kristina, Paul Nicholas, Melba Moore, Elaine Paige, Paul Korda, Marsha Hunt, Floella Benjamin, Alex Harvey, Oliver Tobias, Richard O’Brien and Tim Curry. This was where Curry first met future Rocky Horror Picture Show writer O’Brien, and where Alex Harvey conjured up SAHB.  Hair ran in London from 1968-1973, for 1,997 performances, until it was forced to close after the theater roof collapsed. It then relocated to the Queen’s Theater, where it ran for a further 111 performances between June and September 1974, when it finally closed. This was the cast performing before the final show on September 28th, 1974.
 

 
With thanks to Nellym
 

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Ankle-Breakers or Heels to Die For?: Short film on Platform Shoes from 1977

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The platform shoes to-die-for were Frank N. Furter’s in The Rocky Horror Picture Show - those bejeweled white heels made Tim Curry’s first appearance as the sweet transvestite the epitome of glam. And gorgeous he was too.

Elton John may arguably have had the best platform shoes, but his tended to veer into stage props, eventually leading to those sky-high Doctor Marten boots in Ken Russell’s Tommy. And of course, there was David Bowie, Twiggy, and a host of pop stars sashaying around London on pairs of ankle-breakers. Like Oxford bags, bell bottoms, high-waisters, and bomber jackets, the platform shoe epitomized the androgynous nature of seventies fashions. Originally devised as stage shoes in Greek theater, platforms have been in and out of style through the centuries, at various times used by prostitutes to signal their availability and profession (to literally stand out from the crowd), and were popular in the 18th century as shit-steppers, used to avoid effluent on the road. However, their greatest impact was in the 1970s, when they were the boot of choice for seemingly everyone under 30.

I had a pair of 5 inch heels, blue patent leather, divine to walk in, impossible to run in, and not the expected school uniform. This British Pathe featurette takes a look at the trend of platform shoes from 1977.
 

 
Via British Pathe
 

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Tim Curry in great/cringe-worthy musical number from ‘The Worst Witch’
08.19.2010
11:22 am

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Dangerous Minds pal Paul Gallagher writes:

Well, we all like Tim Curry for his performance as Frank N Furter in Rocky Horror, and most times he has always managed to make us appreciate his talent (Annie, Clue, the superb TV series, Will Shakespeare, in which he gave one of his greatest ever performances, City Sugar and a host of others, even if he often chewed the scenery (Congo, anyone?), but here we see Mr Curry in a shockingly bad number from The Worst Witch.

I showed this to Tara and she said, “Oh yeah, The Worst Witch, haven’t you ever seen that? Seems right up your alley.”

Seeing that aside from Tim Curry, it also stars Diana Rigg, Charlotte Rae (aka “Mrs. Garrett”) and a young Fairuza Balk, she’s probably right.

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