Rocky Horror’s Brad Majors: Barry Bostwick’s Blessing Or Curse?

Zehra Kabak

For the 48th anniversary of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show,’ Barry Bostwick is set to host a screening of the film’s unedited version from September to November. This event is yet another in a series of screenings for this comedy horror film, referred to as ‘the longest-running release in film history.’

Since its original release in 1975, ‘Rocky Horror’ has been a consistent feature in theaters as a part of Fox’s policy for its archival films. So, Bostwick talked about the film’s long-lasting presence on screen and its audience during a 2012 interview with Front Row Views.

The actor also revealed whether he saw the production as a blessing or a curse upon the interviewer’s question by saying:

“A blessing, definitely. It was such a one-off in terms of its style, and it’s constantly creating a fan base for me that gets younger every year. It’s been about 37 years now, and I have 12-year-olds coming up to me going, ‘You were Brad Majors!’ And I ask them when they saw it, and they say when they were about ten. I say, ‘I want you to give me your parents’ phone numbers, and I am going to call the police on them because letting your kids see ‘Rocky Horror’ at ten is just bad parenting!'”

He mentioned the movie’s effect on his life as follows:

“I’ve made a lot of friends through that movie. Its fan base consists of really fascinating people who seem to have their own society. It’s this worldwide network of gentle, wonderful folks who’ve found each other and created an important part of their life around it.”

Referring to the ‘Rocky Horror’ fanbase’s influence on his new projects, Bostwick went on:

“I have a lot of Facebook friends from it – over a thousand – and they’re very supportive of all the other projects I get involved in. I’ve just released a movie called ‘FDR: American Bad-Ass’ – it’s out on DVD in September – and that’s been helped by my fan base from ‘Rocky Horror.’ You should check out the trailer on YouTube – it’s this hysterical story about FDR, how he got polio, and how he deals with all these werewolves…”

In time, the film turned into a cult classic while the LGBTQ+ members formed a community around it with the effect of Brad Majors’ sexual awakening storyline. Although Bostwick said that its creator, Richard O’Brien, didn’t see ‘Rocky Horror’ as a ‘message film,’ he talked about its impact on the community by explaining:

“One of the things I’m most proud of about the movie is how it’s helped in the narration of social issues. So many people were coming out of the closet and were fighting for their rights at the time. I thought this movie was a message for that.”

The actor was going to reappear in the movie’s sequel with the original cast in 1979, but the project was canceled because of Jim Sharman and Tim Curry’s unwillingness to revisit the original directly.

Instead, Kenny Ortega directed a remake of the film in 2016. Although ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again’ didn’t achieve the same level of success as the 1975 original, it ended up being nominated for the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series.

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