Small Details About Tim Curry And His Iconic Roles That Fans Should Probably Know (But Don't)

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From the sweet and sultry Dr. Frank-N-Furter from Rocky Horror Picture Show to evil entity Hexxus from FernGully, the incomparable Tim Curry has a talent for taking any role in any movie, TV show, or terrifying miniseries and making it iconic.

Here are a few small details, unearthed facts, and interesting tidbits we recently discovered about the influential actor. Vote up the details that bring you delight.


  • Prior to playing Captain Long John Silver in Muppet Treasure Island, Tim Curry was a fan of the Muppets for years and referred to them as "legends." He has stated in interviews that he regards the role of Silver as one of his favorites.

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    He Was Given His Very Own Muppet After Starring In 'Muppet Treasure Island'

    He Was Given His Very Own Muppet After Starring In 'Muppet Treasure Island'
    Photo: Muppet Treasure Island / Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

    An interview with the actor and his felt doppelganger can be found on the DVD commentary titled "Tim and Him."

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    His Pennywise Scared The Other Actors, Too

    His Pennywise Scared The Other Actors, Too
    Photo: CBS

    In an interview, Tim Curry shared a story about filming the infamous sewer scene with the child actor who played Georgie:

    There was a point in It, at the beginning of the movie, this little kid called Georgie is sailing his boat down the gutter and it goes down the drain, and Pennywise grabs it. And Georgie puts his hand down the drain, and I grab it, and I suggest that he joins me and say, "Down here, you'll float." And he stopped and said, "Tim, you're scaring me." I said, "Gee, I'm so sorry, but that's what I'm supposed to be doing."

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    His Famous Fans

    Posted by u/manatee-calamity:

    Princess Diana was a fan of Rocky Horror and requested a meeting with Tim Curry. He recalls that she told him, with a "wicked smile," that the film had "quite completed [her] education."

    [Read the full story here.]

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  • From Redditor u/Numerous-Lemon:

    In the Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), when a corpse is revealed under the dining table, the actors were genuinely shocked. None of them knew that the body was there - with one exception, Tim Curry, because he was the one who had to whip the tablecloth off.

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  • He Almost Didn't Take The Role Of Pennywise In 'It' Because Of 'Legend'
    Photo: CBS

    Due to the intense makeup needed to play Darkness in Legend, Tim Curry almost didn't take the role of Pennywise in the It miniseries, fearing that it would also require a tremendous amount of time in the makeup chair. To compromise, director Tommy Lee Wallace promised Curry simple make-up would be used for a majority of the movie, which meant the film's scares relied not on the makeup, but on Curry leaning into his performance.

    In an interview with Fangoria, Curry talked about the makeup process:

    I don’t think anybody likes it... but it’s great fun when you’re actually working it, making it part of yourself and finding out what it can do. And both with this and Legend, the fun is that it’s very difficult to go too far. These may be famous last words, but to a certain extent you have to work much more broadly in order to register at all, and that’s interesting.

    But the most fun, I have to say, is taking it off. The moment they say I’m wrapped, I pull off the nose.

    According to Curry, his eyebrows were the most difficult part of the Pennywise costume.

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