Congrats to Tim Curry, who made a rare public appearance Sunday night in Los Angeles to accept an award. It was one of the first times the beloved "Rocky Horror Picture Show" star has been in the public eye since a 2012 stroke left him in a wheelchair.
The 69-year-old star may not be the same energetic force we remember as "sweet transvestite" Frank-N-Furter, but he told Moviefone he's "very lucky" to be honored by his peers. "It feels amazing. I feel very lucky," he said of accepting his Lifetime Achievement Award from the Actors Fund.
He also wished "good luck" to Will Poulter ("We're the Millers"), who's been cast as the new Pennywise the clown in the upcoming remake of Stephen King's "It," a role Curry played to perfection in the 1990 mini-series. "It's a wonderful part," Curry said of Stephen King's unforgettable evil clown, who terrorizes a group of children. When I mentioned that a lot of people consider Curry's Pennywise a tough act to follow, the actor humbly said, "I don't know about that."
We also remember Curry fondly from 1982's "Annie," in which he played con artist Rooster Hannigan to Aileen Quinn's orphan. Quinn was also at the June 7 event held at L.A.'s Skirball Center. She hadn't seen Curry since making the film 33 years ago, but had great memories of his kindness on set. "He was so caring and nurturing. I know he's known for these crazy, wild, evil characters, but offscreen, he was so kind to me. He would protect me and hold my hand real tight during stunt work. He would ask, 'Are you nervous?' He was so sweet. I can't wait to give him a big hug," she said.
As part of the tribute to Curry, the show began with a performance of "The Time Warp" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" featuring Sebastian La Cause ("Orange Is the New Black"), Renée Marino ("Jersey Boys") and Ashley Argota ("The Fosters").
Even if he can't do "The Time Warp," it's great to see Curry out and about again.