14 January 2010
One Of My Unlikely Heroes
Okay, I've got a lot of personal "heroes", some real people, some fictional. But, why would I put Dr. Frank-n-furter in such esteemed company?
It just so happens that (for whatever reason), TRHPS has been playing on TV a lot lately. Granted, sitting at home watching it isn't the same as the midnight movie experience (it's kind of pointless to yell out the audience participation lines in your living room, and throwing toast at the TV is just silly), but the more I watch it, the more I like ol' Frank.
Let me hasten to point out that we have VERY LITTLE in common. Like our taste in clothes. The sight of yours truly in that get-up would REALLY put the "horror" in "Rocky Horror"! I don't know if it's a compliment or not to say that Tim Curry manages to pull it off. And it goes without saying that I'm strictly a he-male he-male. (if you know what I mean, and I think you do!) And I'd never serve one of my guests to, well, my guests.(though I do enjoy both meatloaf and Meatloaf)
So what is it about the good Doctor that has grown on me? First off, his tolerance for weirdness dwarfs my own, and that's saying a lot. My mantra is "embrace the weirdness", Frank wallows around in it buck nekkid, like a hog in slop. I'm forced to give him props on that count. Second, I do like the guy's pad. Who wouldn't love a big-ass castle in the middle of nowhere, complete with a stage/auditorium/theater, an indoor pool with mosaic inlays, an elevator, gothic/medieval decor, and tons of guest rooms with closed-circuit tv links? Convert the lab into something more akin to Burt's basement and I'd be happy to call it Home.
And while Frank's "lifestyle's too extreme", you gotta admit the guy certainly GOES FOR IT. As he says himself "I'm a wild and untamed thing". All night parties, groupies, an accomodating staff (well, up until the mutiny thing).
Frank created his corner of the world in his own twisted image. And isn't that a universal human desire? I know I could dig it.
Keep that light burning in the darkness of everybody's life, doc!