In an interview with NPR, Curry called Rocky Horror a "rite of passage," and added that the film is "a guaranteed weekend party to which you can go with or without a date and probably find one if you don't have one, and it's also a chance for people to try on a few roles for size, you know?
In 1989-90, Tim Curry returned once again to the New York stage in The Art of Success.
I'd heard about the play because I lived on Paddington Street, off Baker Street, and there was an old gym a few doors away.
I saw Richard O'Brien in the street, and he said he'd just been to the gym to see if he could find a muscleman who could sing. " [laughs] And he told me that his musical was going to be done, and I should talk to Jim Sharman.
However, at the suggestion of director Sharman, the character evolved into the diabolical mad scientist and transvestite with an upper-class Belgravia accent that carried over to The Rocky Horror Picture Show and made Curry a household name and gave him a cult following.
He continued to play the character in London, Los Angeles, and New York City until 1975.