5 Thoughts for playing the role of Dr.Frank-N-Furter.
Whether you’re a female, male, or some fabulous shade in between, the score of Frank’s attraction is that he’s just all of the above. You ought to have the power of a villain, the charisma of a hero, the elegance of a heroine, and the temper of Vercua Salt. There’s no room for what gender assignment, however, when there is so much fabulous to be shown! It’s this ideology O’brien aimed for when birthing Transsexual aliens into our square world.
This is an opportunity to explore yourself in terms of your sexual nature, and embody a character that’s beyond a plain Jane or ole’ Joe.
Bless The Rocky Horror Picture Show for being a shrine of encouragement for self-exploration.
2.) Don’t say, just show
Tim Curry himself stated that Frank is a “walking billboard.” The beauty of this character (and musical in general) is there is no such thing as going overboard. Naturally in theatre every expression, gesture, and line should have purpose. However,in manifesting Furter, you ought to crank that definition about 3 more points. Although this won’t feel like establishing a natural essence of a character, it’s organic for Frank, and thus acting over-the-top must be done in style.
In short: Act as if overacting is the way you always act.
Skip to 4:58, you can be indulged by Mr.Curry describing the difference of physical extravagance between stage acting and film acting that supports what the f*ck I’m talking about.
In this role, you are alluding to coitus the entire show. Even in a birthday hat, you’re a charismatic genius of another world. Think of this entire show being nothing more than your foreplay.
Frank wears a vampire cape during his introduction- vampires feasting is metaphorical to love making-and thus you are walking sex from the beginning. The audience is aching for you, even if they don’t know it yet. You are the master of this castle, everyone in it adores you, and you see no reason why you should be any different.
“He’s a drama queen, really…he’s a hedonistic, self-indulgent voluptuary, and that’s his downfall. He’s an ego-driven . . “ - Richard O’Brien interview with Dominic Wells
4.) Don’t do a Tim Curry impression
Nothing wrong with drawing inspiration to touch up on how he moved his arm during such and such, or, how he went to a lower key during so and so. However, an outright role play is painfully obvious when done, and even when done well it’s important that you know that this your moment to embody the character. Make it your own.
A gorgeous example is David Bedella who dominated Dr.Frank-N-Furter by his own charismatic accord.
5.) Be fearless
Whether you’re tuning your inner sweet transvestite for a major audition, a shadow cast in your community theatre, or even a thirty second monologue for theatre class at school, this character isn’t just your moment in the spotlight, it is quite literally your moment to be the spotlight! The stage is yours, you are the ring leader, the primary attraction of the musical, don’t let this scare you, but, empower you.
“It takes a certain amount of courage to play Frank, but the only thing I’m sure about as a performer is that you have to be dangerous. If you’re going to take a risk, take a big one. It’s like the circus. You’re on a tightrope, and the people come to watch you fall. If you fall with your whole heart, then that’s all right. You have to be as brave as you can in your work. Give as much blood as you can.”
Tim Curry - Tim Curry Spices The Rocky Horror Show by Bart Mills - After Dark - March 1975
Now show your audience up to the lab and see whats on your slab.
5 Mistakes Dr.Frank-N-Furter Made In The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Although The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a film that is senseless to make sense of, it’s inevitable to analyze it when given the chance. Given Frank is, arguably, the primary attraction of the film, I gathered five reasons Furter induced his own obstacles, and ultimately own demise.
1.) Frank went off base of his “mission” to Earth.
This is the uttermost obvious mistake he had made, and it is stated plainly by Riff-Raff’s interruption during the floor show. However, Frank’s objective in coming to Earth is never distinctly specified. What may be assumed is Frank’s personal agenda was pleasure, given he created a muscle man for self-gratification, likewise pursued and seduced Columbia, Brad, Janet, and Eddie for the sole purpose of fulfilling his lustful desires.
If the initial “mission” was pursued, it more than likely would not have involved gathering playmates to distract Frank, likewise ticking off Riff-Raff.
2.) Frank chose native Earthlings for lovers without investigating their origins.
Despite Dr.Frank-N-Furter stating he was aware of who Dr.Everett Scott was, it was rather peculiar that Frank was oblivious to the relation his delivery boy, Eddie, had to Dr.Everett Scott as his nephew. In consideration of that mishap, it was rather naive of Frank to assume that Brad and Janet, two young Denton native’s, would not have any correlation with Dr.Everett Scott who was in fact a science teacher at Denton Highschool (Brad’s jacket even has a Denton Highschool 1963 patch on it).
A part of me suspects Riff-Raff may have held this knowledge, but, withheld it to trap Frank in a folly out of envy of his master’s success
3.) Frank did not consider his own creation’s sexuality.
A remainder of the rising events to the floor show revolve around Frank’s jealous rage over Janet and Rocky’s fleeting affair. However, this make’s it evident Frank was oblivious to the possibility that Rocky may in fact prefer women. It’s safe to assume Frank’s ego had him rest assured that his lustful tactics would inevitably charm all potential lovers- regardless of gender.
Frank does, however, make a brief acknowledgment of this lapse of judgement, as he questions whether or not he made a mistake in splitting the brain of Eddie- whom had also slept with a female, Columbia, in spite of Frank- to transplant into Rocky.
4.)Frank simultaneously pursued lovers.
In term’s of Frank’s apparent jealousy ranging from Eddie and Columbia, to Rocky and Janet, there’s a foul case of hypocrisy on Frank’s behalf in terms of his “playmates.” Frank seduces multiple partners in a lone night, however, he demonstrates entitlement of faithfulness from his lover’s to devote themselves to him alone, and not with each other. With the apparent exception of pool orgy’s, if Frank desired subservient lover’s, it would’ve been a far more realistic approach to pursue his prey in separate time frame’s, without other playmates roaming about after Frank had them tasting blood and wanting more.
5.) Frank underestimated his servants, and overestimated his invincibility.
This is the sum of the plot of the film, likewise Frank’s existence. Despite Frank being the ‘master,’ and from Riff Raff’s statement, the old “commander” it is discreetly, but, plainly shown throughout the film that whilst Frank plays with his Earthling toys, the ‘faithful handy man’ and domestic are plotting against him. However, Frank met his demise as any other mortal, and Frank was in fact no more or less “human”, despite his God complex. In that, he mistreated his capable servants, awhile overestimating their “loyalty,” in which strayed Frank from the consideration that they could ever turn on him.
In the end, Frank’s ultimate flaw was the inability to foresee the consequences of his actions.