What, me Curry?

Karen and I went to a dinner party Friday night, where we played a game–it was some sort of variant of Twenty Questions. It was introduced to us by our friends Andy and Ruth, who are a mathematician and an astronomer, respectively, so you know it had to be a little more complicated than that. Explaining the game would take a while, so suffice to say part of it was that you had to choose a person and then say what their last name started with.

When it came to my turn, I racked my brain for a good celebrity. We’d had Indian food for dinner, so while looking at the table I came up with Tim Curry. I figured the game would be over fairly quickly–Karen and other people who knew me well were in attendance–but my round took the longest by far.* It got to the point where they knew my person was male, an actor, British, appeared in comedies, and had something to do with a Stephen King movie.

What amazed me was how many British actors with a last name starting with “C” they got through before Karen finally got Tim Curry: Sean Connery, Michael Caine, and Daniel Craig. But ultimately I just felt a little sad for Tim Curry, who’s apparently more obscure than I realized, despite his memorable performances in Rocky Horror Picture Show, Clue, IT, Legend, and of course his tour-de-force in The Worst Witch.

*If Kate had been there, though, she would have totally gotten it as soon as she heard “British actor.”

  1. Don’t forget, The Shadow.

    I think I’m the only person on Earth that liked that movie.

  2. Ryan left a comment on September 22, 2009 at 11:07 am

    I was messing around at an educational store today and came across what I thought was the cream of the crop – a DVD of The Worst Witch! Upon closer inspection, however, it was Disc 3 of Series 2 of a UK TV version of said magical property. Were you aware of the existence of this? Any idea how it compares to the original we know and “love”?

  3. @Ryan: I’ve known it existed for a long time, but from what I can tell, it was produced mainly to capitalize on the Harry Potter phenomenon (though to be fair, the Worst Witch books came first).

    I haven’t seen it, but I’m sure it has little to nothing in common with the 1986 version that I enjoy far too much.

  4. Tim Curry is awesome. If you could get Tim Curry and Tim Conway into the same movie at the same time, it’d be even cooler…

    We used to have a lady who worked at a local gas station who looked like Tim Curry from that episode of Tales from the Crypt where he played the whole family. We called her Tim Curry. Not to her face mind you.

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