Tim Curry still has the voice. And the wit.
And he'll always have The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
The 1975 cult classic that launched Curry's film career is the latest musical to capture TV's fancy, premiering Thursday (8 p.m., Fox) as The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again. In this version, Curry, who uses a wheelchair as the result of a 2012 stroke, is the narrator, and Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black) is the latest person to step into his high heels as the transvestite mad scientist Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a role he originated on the London stage.
Which is fine with Curry, who saw no reason to repeat himself at this stage, even if he could.
“I don’t need it again. I really don’t. Not to play Frank-N-Furter, anyway. Been there, done that. The T-shirt is worn out," said Curry this summer as the 70-year-old actor held court with a few reporters after a Fox press conference this summer in Beverly Hills.
A few excerpts:
On continuing his work as a voice actor: "I'm still doing when I can. I love it. I think I was always some sort of mimic. I just love using my voice. I like recording books, and I love doing cartoon characters."
On why fans' reverence for the original may be overdone: "Where would Hamlet be [without new versions]?"
On his first meeting with Cox: "She was very cool. And she allowed me to watch rehearsals, and I asked permission."
On whether Cox expressed her appreciation for getting his stamp of approval: "No, not really. She got on with it, and did it rather well."
Other Frank-N-Furters he's liked?: "I saw one production of it in New York, with Terrence Mann [who starred in Broadway’s The Rocky Horror Show in 2001], who was very, very good."
What he's watching on television: "Game of Thrones. I’m a pretty vin ordinaire television watcher."
On whether he was conscious, while making the original, of making his character over-the-top: "Did you think he was over the top? I thought he had a kind of reticence."
On the continued resonance of the show's celebration of the pursuit of pleasure: "Well, it’s not a bad idea to give yourself over to absolute pleasure. Swim the warm waters of sins of the flesh. I mean, we all do it, don’t we? I certainly hope we do, because we’d be very boring if we didn’t."