Popsugar.com sat down with Reeve, Victoria Justice (Janet) & Ryan McCartan (Brad) to talk about their favorites, and working on the upcoming Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again. Read the interview below.
POPSUGAR: How does Fox plan to make this adaptation its own?
Reeve Carney: It’s obviously something where you want it to feel like it is both timeless and exists in 2016 as something new. So, it has that look overall. We just wanted to honor the original and try to make it our own in some ways.
Victoria Justice: The script is the same, but visually, it’s very different. It’s much more colorful and the costumes are very different, especially for Dr. Frank-N-Furter, but they’re fabulous.
Ryan McCartan: It’s the same script, so textually, all of that stuff is there. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is still intact, but it is 41 years later. Not only has technology advanced a lot, but we’re fortunate enough to have a much bigger budget than the original had. So, stylistically, the nuances are going to be pretty obvious there. I think tonally, we as actors just wanted to take the adventure and make it our own. In the original movie, it kind of seems like Brad and Janet barely escape the castle, and in our rendition, we play with the idea that maybe Brad didn’t want to leave.
PS: Will there be any sort of censorship since it will be on TV?
RC: They’ve been really creative with some of the sensuality of the original and how to present that in a way that won’t raise red flags. I think [“Toucha, Toucha, Toucha, Touch Me”] is a great example of that. It’s something that an 8-year-old could watch and take the things that they want to take away from it as opposed to some of the suggestive elements.
VJ: Not really. I don’t think there is anything that inappropriate going on. I think it’s more left up to your imagination. For those that aren’t familiar with Rocky Horror, it’s definitely not your mainstream musical, it’s very different and weird, but I think that’s what makes it so awesome. It’s embracing the different and the weird and the things that make you an individual.
PS: What was your favorite number to perform?
RC: For me, I think when Riff Raff sings Dr. Frank-N-Furter, it’s all over [in “Wild and Untamed Thing”] at the end. I got to use more of my range and it was really fun.
VJ: I mean, doing [“Toucha, Toucha, Toucha, Touch Me”] was amazing. It’s such an iconic moment, so I really loved doing that.
RM: “Dammit, Janet.” I love that song. It’s such a jam. That’s one of the crazy things about that The Rocky Horror Picture Show, is that 41 years later, the music is still really catchy. Victoria’s version of [“Toucha, Toucha, Toucha, Touch Me”] is a pop smash. Like, if Miley Cyrus dropped that tomorrow, I would be like “Yes!” It might as well be written five years ago because it still stands the test of time.
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