MCM: Tim Curry

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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

The bad wig and ‘stache notwithstanding, I’d still do him.

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.

This explains so much about my taste in men.

Will Shakespeare (1978) – William Shakespeare

Accept no substitutes! Tim Curry kills it as the Bard in this 1978 BBC miniseries.

Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps…

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…

But he has a puppy!

Annie (1982) – Rooster Hannigan

My first exposure to Tim Curry. Needless to say, it made an impression.

Two for one deal, Tim Curry AND Bernadette Peters!

Clue (1985) – Wadsworth

The consummate butler. Did he do it in the study with the revolver?

I don’t care where he did it, as long as it’s with me.

Legend (1985) – Darkness

I know this violates our “no fantasy” policy, but screw it. Tim Curry as the Prince of Darkness? YES PLEASE.

Very tempting.

 

Oscar (1991) – Dr. Poole

A surprisingly well-costumed 1930s remake of the 1967 French original, inexplicably starring Sylvester Stallone.

Only a man like Tim Curry should ever attempt the leather vest and plaid jacket combo.

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.

I see nothing wrong with this.

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.

Y’all can have Captain Jack, I’m good with this one.

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.

Tim Curry improves every film simply by showing up.

 

What’s your favorite Tim Curry character in a historical film? Share it with us in the comments!

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Sarah Lorraine

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Sarah discovered her dual passion for history and costume right around the age of twelve. Dragged kicking and screaming to her first Renaissance Faire at Black Point, she was convinced she was going to hate it, but to her surprise, she fell head over heels in love with the world of reenactment and dress up immediately. Her undergraduate degree is in Clothing & Textile Design, and she has a Master's in Art History and Visual Culture. When she’s not hauling crap to SCA events and ren faires, Sarah enjoys reading true crime books, writing fiction, and sewing historical clothing from the Middle Ages through the 20th-century. One of these days, she might even start updating her old costuming blog again.

39 Responses

  1. Trystan L. Bass

    Oh Sarah. Having seen Rocky at least 100x, I can tell you it’s a contemporary film with homages to ’50s sci-fi. When Brad & Janet are in the car before they reach the castle, Nixon is on the radio giving his resignation speech, so that’s 1974, when the film was made. But I let it slide bec. the character of Dr. Frank N. Furter counts for cross-dressing & drag, & that’s always of Frock Flicks concern, even if it’s not historical ;)

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  2. Shirley

    I’m going to have to check out Will Shakespeare. . . . ;)

    The first thing I ever remember seeing Tim Curry in was The Three Musketeers, but my favorite Tim Curry role will always be Ray, a non-historical role in Pass the Ammo, as a crooked televangelist.

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    • Sarah Lorraine

      I’m trying to watch “Will Shakespeare” right now. Emphasis on “trying”. It’s one of those 1970s BBC stage-to-screen adaptations with approximately a £30 budget. And the actors are ROUGH.

      That said, it also has a young Ian McShane as a very poncy Marlow so I’m not saying don’t watch it. I’m just saying it’s no “Elizabeth R”. ;)

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      • Shirley

        Haha Thanks for the warning!

        I hadn’t realized McShane was in it, but I just googled pictures of him, and I am sold! I’m actually in the middle of a Deadwood rewatch and was needing some more McShane when it ends.

        I’ll still watch Will Shakespeare but now with the right frame of mind.

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    • themodernmantuamaker

      That was such a charming little appearance! I have the DVD and in one of the interview featurettes he mentions that he loved the first Cranford SO MUCH that he desperately wanted to be part of any kind of sequel. I think I found that at least as charming as his actual performance!

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    • Sarah Lorraine

      I tried finding good photos online from it, because it is set in the 20s or 30s, but there was nothing. It also stars one of my other faves, Michael Palin!

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      • Dawn

        Found a few stills, mostly of them in those stripey jacket (I forget what they’re called) and the British sporting caps, using this as search parameters: “Three Men in a Boat tim curry michael palin”. No idea if they’re good shots or not.

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  3. Rachel

    I was completely tickled by him in Kinsey. The lines they wrote for him were so stupid, if anyone else had delivered them they would have been painful, but he was hilarious.

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  4. Broughps

    One of very regrets I have in life, not seeing Rocky Horror Picture Show in the theater.

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      • Karen K.

        Don’t despair, there are often theater revivals. Look for midnight showings. The Alamo Drafthouse chain often has special showings — it started in Texas and has now expanded to both coasts and other cities in between including Omaha and Kalamazoo, so it’s not just big cities. College towns probably have showings as well, sometimes around Halloween.

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  5. Rita

    There is an excellent Fresh air interview with him from 2005 ish. He talks about character development, and he is dreamy.

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  6. Lady Hermina De Pagan

    I first fell for Mr. Curry in a little film called “The Worst Witch” where he plays the Grand Wizard. I had my first impure thoughts of him in Rocky Horror, and my crush was solidified in Roseanne when he played Roger. When I found out he voiced Sir Gawain in the Prince Valeant cartoon…sigh I’ll be in my bunk.

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  7. Jay

    I know it’s not historical, but… I have to say I loved him in the 1980s TV movie version of The Worst Witch. He even sings in that one!

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  8. melponeme_k

    Tim Curry. Love him.

    But I didn’t see Rocky Horror Picture show until just a few years ago. I was much confused that I found him at his most handsome and sexy all dressed up in a corset, stocking, heels and full makeup. LOL

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    • Janet Nickerson

      I first saw Curry in Rocky Horror, too. I kept thinking he was wearing a Merry Widow and stockings under the cardinal’s robes in the Disney 3 Musketeers. though.

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  9. ladyaquanine73551

    I didn’t know he played all those roles. I’m just familiar with mostly his voice work in cartoons and a few of his American films, like “Muppet Treasure Island,” and some others. My fave song in that was “Professional Pirate,” hehe. I had to find and watch “Annie” on my own because my parents had no interest in it, but I did in my pre-teen years. Never saw “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” though my dad had a few things to say about that, xD. I did read about the movie on Wikipedia out of curiosity. (I do that often as a defense mechanism against bad movies). Curry also played a small part in “Secret of Moonacre.” He was the head of a wild, dark, crime family that had been in a feud with another family living across the valley.

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  10. Liutgard

    I’m lucky- my sweetie looks enough like him, they could be cousins. Really. (Sarah could plow through my FB photos to confirm if necessary. There’s one in particular…)

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  11. Karen

    And don’t forget “The Hunt for Red October”…because Tim Curry…and maybe Sean Connery…

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  12. Misty Smith

    Although I love Rocky Horror (Strange, I only like that & Hairspray when it comes to musicals), my fave of his is the fabtastic Clue. Not one thing about that movie is wrong, bad or misplaced…. The rest of the cast is epic but he is…. perfect.

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  13. Becca

    Some years ago, my friends and I had a “Tim Curry is a Russian” party showing 3 (very non-historical) movies where Tim Curry is a Russian or sports a very Russian-like accent: The Hunt For Red October, Congo, and McHale’s Navy. Serious Curry-worshipping.

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  14. totchipanda

    There was a meme going around last year about how you could tell a lot about a person by their favourite Tim Curry movie. I probably watched all three versions of Clue a hundred times (before DVDs, when each ending was at the end of the movie, we had all three taped back to back on VHS, so like 6 hours of Clue). Legend is a terrible movie, but I loved it as a kid, and I LOVED him in it! Hexxus in Fern Gully was at least 10x scarier because of A++ voice work by Mr Curry.

    I had the good fortune to see him at a distance while he was in my city filming a movie. It was an absolutely craptacular movie, so the star sightings were the best part.

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