It’s a time warp. Actor and Broadway vet Tim Curry is reportedly joining the cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In the original cult classic hit, Curry played transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter.
As it’s been reported, now that live stage performances are all the rage, Fox is recreating The Rocky Horror Picture Show for their broadcast network, and it looks like the cast is really coming together.
Instead of playing Dr. Frank-N-Furter (that honor goes to trans-actress Laverne Cox), the legendary Tim Curry will take on the role of criminology narrator. If you remember, that role went to Charles Gray in the film. Curry will join cast members Adam Lambert, who will play Eddie, Victoria Justice, and Ryan McCartan.
Fans of the Rocky Horror Picture Show are just happy to see that Tim Curry is able to return to the stage once more. As the Inquisitr reported, Curry suffered a stroke back in July of 2012. The Hollywood Reporter initially wrote about the stroke. At the time, his agent said, “Tim is doing great. He absolutely can speak and is recovering at this time and in great humor. He has been going to physical therapy doing very well and still has his great sense of humor. He thanks everyone for sending good wishes.”
— Jared Flippin (@drjaredevil) August 22, 2015
We didn’t hear much else about Tim Curry, that was until he made a rare public appearance at the 19th annual Actors Fund Tony Awards Viewing Party in Los Angeles. It was there that he received a lifetime achievement award. Although he appeared to be in good spirits, Curry’s appearance made some fans concerned about his well being following his stroke.
At the time, Curry remained in his wheelchair. Although he was in a wheelchair, Curry did say that he was thrilled to receive such an award because it places a spotlight on the American Acting Community and what it has given him in his life. One of the highlights, Curry said, was participating in Spamalot because of his love of Monty Python and Eric Idle.
On his role in My Favorite Year, a theatrical play, Curry said the following.
“I loved the score. I thought the score was really brilliant so it was a pleasure to sing it. It’s always fun to play a drunk. The research makes it fun to play.”
That said, when it came to his role as Dr. Frank-N-Furter Curry said he was mixed about the role, which he’s most known for.
“[I look at that project now as] a sort of bemused tolerance. It’s neither a blessing nor a curse. I was lucky to get it.” The performance is said to be inspired by a woman he encountered while riding a bus.
“I started playing him as German and then I met a woman on a bus who said ‘do you have a house in town or a house in the country’ and I thought, ‘that’s the voice!'”
He continued, “It was very exciting — when done successfully. I had to go on the Today Show the next day and they read the reviews — which were appalling. That brought me down. It was very cruel.”
Following the rare appearance, Curry got together with The Rocky Horror Picture Show cast for the 40th anniversary and was photographed looking much better, though some fans had their worries for the English thespian.
Rocky Horror Picture Show 40th Anniversary reunion. Sad to see Tim Curry like he is after he had his stroke. pic.twitter.com/FxFSNKz1TL
— GuitarAnthony (@GuitarAnthony) October 16, 2015
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