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18. Tim Curry Based Frank-N-Furter's Accent On Queen Elizabeth II...And His Mother

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In the original 1973 stage production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Tim Curry initially played Dr. Frank-N-Furter with a German accent, though quickly decided to change this after hearing a woman on a bus speaking in an exaggerated English accent reminiscent of Queen Elizabeth II.

This inspired Curry to create a new voice which combined The Queen with his own mother's "telephone voice."

According to Curry his mother enjoyed the show, and ironically Curry would later end up performing in front of Queen Elizabeth herself when he starred in a 1982 Royal Variety Performance of The Pirates of Penzance.


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