Barry Bostwick is a legend on the big screen, the small screen, and the Great White Way in between. I had the pleasure of speaking with him at the Mad Monster Party Convention in Charlotte, NC in March 2014.
WBP: Are you enjoying yourself this weekend, sir?
BB: You know, I have found the people at this convention are so much smarter then people at all the other conventions I’ve been to.
WBP: Why is that?
BB: Because, the like me. They really, really like me [laughs]. And they buy my signed underwear and all of these little necklaces that I make that say “asshole” and “slut” on them. They have a sense of humor. They get my oddball, obscure sense of humor. I mean, I have to have it to have been in the Rocky Horror Picture Show originally. I mean, it’s been 40 years and the insanity keeps growing!
WBP: I think some of that insanity carried over into the rest of your body of work?
BB: Oh yeah! Well, that’s basically who I am. I mean, you should see another movie I did called FDR: American Bad Ass, which was out about a year and a half ago. That’s insane, too, actually. I get more and more insane the older I get. And with that, the more I want to play that kind of interesting, weird character, you know?
WBP: I am a huge, life-long Rocky Horror fan. But I am also a huge Supernatural fan. So you can imagine how much I freaked out when, years ago, they aired an episode starring you! [episode titled Criss Angel is a Douchebag]
BB: Yes! John Rubenstein and I did that together. That was a really great episode, actually. That show has such a fan base! It’s truly amazing. Already today, I have signed a number of pictures from that. And we were at a convention once where there was a whole panel of just people from Supernatural; people who maybe only did it twice. And the audience was rabid. I mean RABID! It was amazing! I’ve been very fortunate to be in some interesting and oddball stuff.
WBP: You really are a cultural icon.
BB: Thank you.
WBP: You are a part of pop culture history. So many of the roles that you have had have left their mark and will continue for generations to come.
BB: Yeah! I was in the original company of Grease on Broadway. I created the role of Danny Zuko. And it is amazing how many people come up and remember that, too. That was what? 50 years ago?
WBP: Oh, I remember! We did Grease in High School. Your cast album is the one we were issued to rehearse by.
BB: Well the songs were so much different from the film.
WBP: They were!
BB: See, that’s why I do this. I talk get to talk to lovely people like you…
WBP: Thank you.
BB: …And to ogle the girls. [laughs] I just sit right here and watch the girls go by.
Thank you, Barry Bostwick, for a fun interview, a great weekend, and a lifetime of memorable roles.