Why Adam Lambert Turned Down The Role Of Frank-N-Furter In FOX’s “Rocky Horror”

"It felt inappropriate to me."

Adam Lambert will be playing Eddie in FOX’s upcoming remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but only because he turned down the starring role of Frank-N-Furter that was originally offered to him.

Idolator’s Robbie Daw recently sat down with Lambert, and touched on his reasons for turning down the role that eventually went to Laverne Cox.

Lambert said:

“I kind of felt like in 2016, to be cis and playing the role of a trans character, it felt inappropriate to me. In the ’70s, it was different. But nowadays we have such an amazing conversation that’s started about trans and gender in this world. I think casting Laverne [Cox] was so brilliant. It’s so appropriate, you know what I mean? And to re-imagine [the character], as well, because she’s entirely different. So I said no, but when they started announcing the cast, I said, ’Wait a minute — what about Eddie? I wanna play Eddie! I could do that — that’s like one song. Let me just come in and do a bit part!’ Because I really, really wanted to be a part of it. I’m a big fan of the original movie, and [director] Kenny Ortega’s a lovely guy. And then I heard that Cisco Adler was producing the music and thought, oh, this is gonna be good. So, I went in and I recorded my songs already. I did my vocals, and they turned out really cool. Now I’m going in for a week in April, in Toronto, to film.”

The singer added, “You know, I thought to myself, my friends that are trans — how are they going to feel about casting a non-trans person saying, ‘I’m a sweet transvestite from transexual Transylvania?’ It’s dicey. I think they made a really bold, refreshing choice on that. It’s very forward-thinking and it feels very right now, which is going to make this remake really interesting.”

You can read the rest of Lambert’s interview, including details about his two new singles, here.

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