Great Scott! (I couldn’t help myself.)
When I get that inkling that it’s time to dive into the world of my cult favorites, I usually reach for one of three movies – The Rocky Horry Picture Show, Back to the Future, and of course, CLUE. What better than to pop open my DVD of CLUE to find the best of both worlds – Tim Curry and Christopher Lloyd. Cult films have always allowed me to celebrate strange scientists with an intriguing sex appeal. Sometimes dressed in thigh high leather boots, and other times a rumpled sweater and bow tie.
In this time of celebrating one of Hollywood’s most iconic actors – I not only wanted to drive back into the movie, Lloyd himself, but also the character of Professor Plum.
The stock character of the mad scientists/doctor/professor has always been one that has intrigued me. I think my love for the character started when I was about seven. My grandma took us all to see THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at The Ohio Theater – and although the exploding chandelier in the first five minutes of the show scared the pants off of me – the moment the music and show began, I was captivated. And unlike most people who end up falling in love with the story and falling for the dashing and handsome character of Roul – I was the seven year old who fell in love with The Phantom. All gore and white masked. After all, he DID have a cape. He was the mad scientist genius, who made true magic happen under the Paris Opera house. I was also that kid who dressed up like the Phantom, NOT Christine, for the next seven years for every Halloween. I have pictures to prove it.
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