BBC: Why do you think the Rocky Horror Show is still so popular?
Richard: I think
it goes on and on because it is a fairytale and consequently
it works on two levels. One, on the surface it is a camp trashy
rock and roll enjoyable , you know, ephemeral piece, but also
it satisfies. . . on a deeper level on a more kind of , shall
we say, it pleases the id as well as the ego, if you like.
And so it pleases on two levels, and I think that's why it goes on. If it was just a trashy kind of entertainment I don't think it would have had this longevity.
BBC: It's really famous for the sort of audience participation. When did that actually start, was that something that you wanted to happen?
Richard: I'm so glad
that it did because of course it was, in many ways, a kind of
tribute or a salute to the double feature picture shows that
I used to go to as a as a spotty adolescent. We always used
to sit in the dark- there weren't very many of us there in this
little small town in New Zealand.
BBC: You're still really proud of that, that piece of work. But has it been at all difficult to be associated with that one piece of work?
Richard: Not at all.
I find that when people start to wear their work around their
necks like a heavy weight. . . and go 'oooo . . . I'm more than
that' and blah blah blah', and deny the very things that have
given them the springboard into more work and a larger career,
and a wider career, I just think it's just perverse.
BBC: And I read somewhere that there's going to be a Rocky Horror CD-Rom.
Richard: There is, yes. It's nearly reached completion. It's been a long, long job- the programming's gone on forever- I'm sure you're aware of how costly, setting up and programming a game is- and so it's time-consuming. And there's where a lot of your money goes, but a lot of money's been thrown at it, and it seems to be- we're reaching the final stages of that.
BBC: How involved are you with the current show that's touring that's gong to be in Richmond?
Richard: I see myself
as a kind of yardstick- for sort of rock'n'roll excellence.
I'm not talking about nit-picking and all the rest of it, -
but if it doesn't sound good I'm-allowed to sort of like have
my two pennies-worth.
BBC: I know people will remember you as kind of a sinister figure from the Crystal Maze a few years ago.
BBC: Are you doing any more TV work at the moment? Are you planning anything else right now?
Richard: Every now
and again I get people you know- pushing things my way- and
asking if I would like to be involved as just fronting the show,
because they think I might be suited to their particular project.
BBC: What films have you done?
Richard: Well, I
was in the Spice Girls movie, as everybody else was. The whole
world was in the Spice Girls movie - I played a paparazzo. And
then I did a film called Dark City which was released on the
29th of May, this month, that'll be next week, I think.
BBC: Do you enjoy being playing baddies? I mean you are sort of a sinister figure.
Richard: I - I think
it's because of my- build and my thinness and whatnot that I
am obviously going to get cast in that role. I am not going
to get the romantic lead am I? Well, that's just the way it
BBC: Finally, what are you going to do on Wednseday to celebrate?
Richard: I am going to come on at the end of the show and sing the last verse of Super Heroes, the narrator's verse of Super Heroes at the end of the show. And then I am going to try and get the entire audience to sing Happy Birthday to Rocky , I think we might be able it manage that, don't you? And then we're going tohave a little drinky-poo afterwards
The Richard O'Brien Crusade est. 1996