If possible, I would like to take you on a strange journey. How strange is it? Oddly enough, they made a movie out of it.
Jim Sharman’s 1975 musical “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is still playing at midnight every Saturday somewhere on the planet. If you’re lucky enough, you live near one of the movie theaters that still host a live cast, replaying the movie on stage in front of the screen. Some have attended the series as an actor or as a mere geek every week for years or even decades. Someone might want to tell the Florida man who watched “Spider-Man: No Way Home” 292 times that he’s not even close to breaking any records.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, based on the stage musical by Richard O’Brien, is a sexist take on the classic 1930s film “The Old Dark House” by James Whale. The film stars Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon as Brad and Janet, a famous middle-aged American couple whose tires are flat in the middle of the rain forest at night. Seeking help at a nearby castle (!), they discover a conference of extraterrestrials led by the explosive and wonderful Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry). Brad and Janet are invited to Frank’s lab – some will give their right arm for the privilege – to witness the animation of a Frankenstein-like monster, a shadowed dog, chisel named Rocky Horror (Peter Hinwood).
At the end of the film, Brad and Janet will be “activated”, and both sleep with Frank. Janet also slept with Rocky. It was a good time.
Can you sing Happy Birthday?
Prior to “Rocky Horror”, Sarandon appeared in the 1969 film “Joe” with her then-husband Chris Sarandon, as well as several notable gigs in soap operas. She also appeared in Sidney Lumet’s “Lovin’ Molly” with Anthony Perkins and “The Front Page” with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Sarandon is definitely a rising star. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” won’t make her a star – the movie is hardly a runaway blockbuster – but she continues to rise despite it.
As she revealed in a recent video interview with Vanity Fair, Sarandon was actually asked by Tim Curry himself to audition for the role of Janet. Curry was the first actor to play Dr. Frank-N-Furter when “The Rocky Horror Show” premiered on the London stage. Sarandon saw the performance on stage and learned that an audition was being held. Sarandon seemed to have introduced himself to Curry, so when he saw her, she was hooked. Sarandon says:
“One of the reasons I joined [in “Rocky Horror”] is for Tim Curry. When Tim showed up at that opening for the first time… His entrance remains one of the most cinematic performances and moments in theatrical history I’ve ever seen. And then they come back to show the movie, and I come just to say hello. And he said, ‘Oh my God, do you read to Janet?’ And I said, ‘Oh my God, I can’t sing, and I’m really scared about it.’ And they said, ‘Come on, you can sing. Any. Try tapping this note. Can you sing Happy Birthday? ‘”
Do you have any medications?
Given the wildness of “Rocky Horror,” one could assume the production was a constant party, full of drugs and alcohol. Multiple reports from the department, including from Sarandon himself, told a different story. It was freezing cold, and Sarandon wore panties a lot, so she contracted a mild case of pneumonia. Funds are very low, and many of the crew work for peanuts.
But, with its wild, fun, gender-bending material, Sarandon could be forgiven for assuming that the audition process for “Rocky Horror” would get her drunk. As it turned out, Sarandon was not given any controlled substances. That, of course, helped in the end. The ability to satirize basically her career as a “top young lady” was quite enough for the casting agents. Sarandon says:
“And I thought, ‘You know what? When I get there, they’ll give me alcohol or drugs or something, and that’ll get me through.’ Of course they weren’t, and up until that point, all the Janets they had been singers were not particularly funny.I felt that Janet embodied every play I’d played up to that point. It’s sweet on the outside but nasty underneath. So they love it.”
Sarandon is very positive about her place in “Rocky Horror,” even if she isn’t overly concerned with the auditioning and filming process. Meanwhile, the movie has become the most famous midnight movie in cinema history. “Rocky Horror” isn’t as subversive as it once was, but it’s still a great, fun time for the movies. The actors may have been cold, but they seemed to enjoy themselves. In Sarandon’s words: “Looks like we had a lot of fun, didn’t we?”
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