appeared in the February issue of Bikini (?? Never heard
of it) I happened on it by accident- a coworker brought
it to me, knowing I would appreciate it.
And Here it
It's been over
twenty years since Riff Raff first jumped to the left
(and took a step to the ri-i-i-i-i-ght), but Richard O'Brien-
who not only played the bald butler in the Rocky Horror
Picture Show, but also wrote that cult classic- hasn't
just been standing around waiting for people to throw
rice at him.
It's been a while since Rocky Horror came out. What have
you been up to since then?
Writing, performing, being a game show host on British
Television (the Crystal Maze) Yes, really.
When was the last time you saw Rocky Horror?
RO'B: In Milan
about a year ago. It was more exotic than erotic . . .
Do you still sing? Write songs?
indeed. I'm just about to finish an album of new songs-Chet
Baker meets Willie Nelson in flavor. I've no idea who
might enjoy it enough to buy it.
Have you thought about writing another musical?
I have another musical fairy tale in the pipeline entitled
Alive on Arrival. Richard Hartley would be providing the
music. It's for film, not stage.
Do people ever come up to you at the Supermarket and throw
rice at you?
RO'B: No, but
I throw frozen legs of lamb at complete strangers.
Tell me about your new movie, Dark Empire. What about
it caught your attention?
RO'B: I was
asked, flattered, and finally delighted. To play a role
where you get to reveal intellectual change is wonderful.
Your Character in the movie gets injected with another
man's memories. Are there memories that you'd like to
inject into someone?
I'd like to inject my childhood memories into my mother.
That might learn her.
Your character also dresses like a Cenobite from Hellraiser.
Do you believe in Hell?
is no longer polarized. Heaven is no longer the afterlife
facility it once was. Everything has moved towards the
Okay. And finally, of all the big movie roles of the last
20 years, is there one you would have loved to have played?
RO'B: I would
have loved to have been in The Stand. I would also loved
to have been in The Mask. Ipkiss, no. The Mask, yes.