Recently I had the
opportunity to speak briefly with Richard O'Brien. I tried to
ask him some rather personal questions, and was quite surprised
by the short, straightforward answers I received. For instance,
who would imagine that the creative, wild, and witty O'Brien
had a sane childhood?! What really spawned that fertile imagination
of his? For now we'll have to ponder it a bit, but in upcoming
issues we will delve a little more deeply into Richard and his
As we all know, there
is a sequel planned which will feature return performances by
some of the starts of the RHPS. I asked Richard what was happening
with the sequel.
"Well, production is to begin in May of next year."
To go back a little
bit, I then asked: "The persona of Frank N Furter that
you created - was it based on Tim Curry's characterization,
or did he..."
I already had the text, but it was Curry and the part, Jim Sharman
helped, it was a conglomerate effort."
you work, which medium do you prefer, stage or film?"
I prefer the stage to film, I feel more fulfilled. With film
I get frustrated sometimes...you have to hang about all the
was your childhood like?"
was sort of an ordinary childhood. I mean it was a bit, you
know, shy. I had one or two friends as opposed to many. We found
things to keep us occupied though..." (Here you can let
your mind wander)
anyone influence you when you were younger?"
R.O'B.: "A few
teachers, this one man was a sort of gentle, quiet man - he
led the class around by the nose...he didn't force his philosophy
on anyone, and I think he had a profound effect on me. He and
another art teacher, they had this lifestyle, which you could
feel - I can't explain really - it's a life thing."
you have any hobbies now?"
I like to play guitar and sing a bit, I play pool, and I like
to draw. I may be doing Disaster (See last issue - Ed.) in Toronto
around November with Pat Quinn, and Chris Malcolm will be involved;
at least in production. Richard Hartley and I will be working
on putting some rock 'n' roll in the music to sort of push it
up a bit - I think people have expectations of us...I don't
want people to be disappointed."
I think it was good - but we can write some R n' R. Yes, in
fact, I don't know why we didn't in the first place..."
do you feel about all the kids you've inspired?"
R.O'B.: "I feel
very good about it!"
closing, is there anything you'd like to say?"
R.O'B.: "I want
to thank everyone for letting me entertain them with my madness,
and I want to thank them for entertaining me with theirs."