10 Facts You Don’t Know About “The Rocky Horror Pictures Show”

1. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” holds the record for the longest theatrical release in film history.

The same film reels have continually squeaked in theaters across the world since its 1975 release.

2. Mick Jagger wanted to play Dr. Frank N. Furter in the film.

Mick Jagger wanted to play Dr. Frank N. Furter in the film.

3. And Steve Martin auditioned for the role of Brad.

And Steve Martin auditioned for the role of Brad.

4. Brad and Janet’s radio broadcasted Richard Nixon’s 1974 resignation speech as they drove in the rain.

O’Brien has stated he didn’t like that touch, as it “locks the film into a time.”

5. The actors weren’t told of the corpse under the dining room tablecloth. When Frank ‘n’ Furter reveals it, their looks of horror were completely genuine.

21 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About "The Rocky Horror Pictures Show"

6. And the skeleton in the clock is supposedly real.

O’Brien has said that the body of bones in the clock was an authentic skeleton belonging to the woman who commissioned the clock. In 2002, Sothebys auctioned off the coffin-clock which sold for £35,000.

7. Richard O’Brien (Riff Raff) wrote “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” as well as the 1973 musical and book.

8. Patricia Quinn (Magenta) initially turned down the film role, but later agreed to join as long as she could lip-sync “Science Fiction – Double Feature” in the opening. She loved that song in the play.

Patricia Quinn (Magenta) initially turned down the film role, but later agreed to join as long as she could lip-sync "Science Fiction - Double Feature" in the opening. She loved that song in the play.

Vocals were performed by Richard O’Brien (Riff Raff). She is quoted as having said: “Well you can take your movie and shove it where the sun don’t shine. Not interested.”

9. Meatloaf never rode the motorcycle in the film. A stunt double was used except for the close-ups. For those scenes, Meatloaf was pushed in a wheelchair.

10. In the opening wedding scene the minister is Tim Curry (Dr. Frank N. Furter), the “old man” to his left is Richard O’Brien (Riff Raff) and the “wife” to his right is Patricia Quinn (Magenta).