Tim Curry has the distinction of being one of the earliest crushes that I can remember having. The characters he’s played have definitely had a strong, guiding hand in molding the type of men I find attractive, which should explain a lot if you know me at all; give me a guy who is a little evil, a lot campy, very naughty, and better at applying makeup and walking in heels than I will ever be, and I am pretty much putty in his hands.
Let’s celebrate this Man Candy Monday with some of Tim Curry’s historical film roles!
Napoleon and Love (1974) – Eugene de Beauharnais
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) – Dr. Frank N. Furter
Anyone who wants to tell me that this is not a historical film is invited to kiss my happy ass. Though the era is never specifically stated, everything points to it being set in the 1950s. Plus, this film is quite possibly the best performance Tim Curry has ever given — and I am not saying that ironically. He’s SO good at being so very, very bad.
Will Shakespeare (1978) – William Shakespeare
Accept no substitutes! Tim Curry kills it as the Bard in this 1978 BBC miniseries.
Amadeus (1980) – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
I don’t care if this isn’t a film/TV role, y’all are just going to have to deal. Tim Curry originated the role of Mozart in Amadeus on Broadway, opposite Ian McKellen as Salieri. I would give Trystan’s undescended third testicle to have been able to see that live.
Oliver Twist (1982) – Bill Sikes
He’s dirty, he’s nasty, he murders a whore…
Annie (1982) – Rooster Hannigan
My first exposure to Tim Curry. Needless to say, it made an impression.
Clue (1985) – Wadsworth
The consummate butler. Did he do it in the study with the revolver?
Legend (1985) – Darkness
I know this violates our “no fantasy” policy, but screw it. Tim Curry as the Prince of Darkness? YES PLEASE.
Oscar (1991) – Dr. Poole
A surprisingly well-costumed 1930s remake of the 1967 French original, inexplicably starring Sylvester Stallone.
The Three Musketeers (1993) – Cardinal Richelieu
I had many issues with this Disney remake of the classic, but Tim Curry wasn’t one of them.
Muppet Treasure Island (1996) – Long John Silver
Any Muppet movie gets an automatic thumbs up from me. Ones staring Tim Curry get ALL of the stars.
Titanic (1996) – Simon Doonan
No, not that Titanic. The other one that came out the year before that one. The one with Tim Curry so it’s automatically eighty million times better than the one without him.
What’s your favorite Tim Curry character in a historical film? Share it with us in the comments!