On yesterday morning’s TODAY show, on NBC, some of the original cast members of the 1975 (!) movie reunited to chat about the making of this iconic midnight movie.
Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, rockstar Meatloaf, Patricia Quinn, and Dr. Frank-N-Furter himself – Tim Curry, all gathered to reminisce about the film that would become the longest running theatrical release in history. Not bad for a project that began as a small cult musical.
The filming was arduous – Sarandon caught pneumonia during production. They shot in a house that had no roof, during cold, leaky winter months.
And how did Curry arrive at the now-famous ‘sweet transvestite’ characterization of the Doctor? Originally, the accent was going to be German, but when he overheard a British woman speaking on the bus, he decided to fashion the character after the Queen of England.
And why are so many people still Time-Warping, forty years later?
“The thing that resonated for me more than anything was, ‘Don’t dream it, be it,’ which was a really good idea,” Curry said. “Really good slogan.”
Added Sarandon, “I’ve had so many people come up to me and say that film helped them through a dark time.”