A memorable Meat Loaf as just one ingredient in two All-Star concoctions…
Meat Loaf makes the cut in both a film and a TV episode with some bite.
I was shocked and sad to learn about the passing of Meat Loaf. I always remember him as the man who delivered his songs with a near-unique operatic voice and he had some cool pop videos. His songs included Bat Out of Hell and Anything for Love. And looking through his filmography, it seems that in two acting roles, Meat Loaf was added to the menu…
The Rocky Picture Show (1975)…
Rocky Horror Picture Show-Hot Patootie-Bless my soul, Graylandertagger
My first memory of Meat Loaf was in an acting role in The Rocky Picture Show, a horror comedy film and this film was a tribute to those B movies. In this film musical, narrated by Charles Gray, Meat Loaf starred alongside Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon and Tim Curry. The plot tells how after a newly engaged couple Brad and Janet (Bostwick and Sarandon) run out of petrol, they visit a castle to ask to use their phone for help.
There they meet the transvestite pansexual Frank N Furter (Tim Curry), who is holding a conference there with his really horror-fic friends. Wikipedia describes Frank N Furter HERE as,
an apparently mad scientist who actually is an alien transvestite who creates a living muscle man named Rocky in his laboratory.
As Eddie, Meat Loaf literally crashes into the movie – on a motorbike – as this ex-delivery boy. Meat Loaf then adds that voice to the musical numbers with his rendition of Hot Patootie. After his character is murdered in a jealous rage by Frank, Eddie… let’s say… adds his brains and brawn to this horror B movie tribute. And character’s presence is also seen later in this film…
Meat Loaf made his film acting debut in this film. Eddie was a role he had played in the original stage production in Los Angeles. IMDb states HERE that Meat Loaf reported that Elvis Presley had originally been keen to take this role as Eddie.
This IMDb page also adds that Meat Loaf had expressed an interest in a dual role in the film. He was reported to say that he was “disappointed” that he could not play Eddie’s uncle, Dr Everett V Scott. This uncle character is seen in later scenes, and often this dual role is played by the same actor. This site quotes him saying,
“I said you’re making a huge mistake and I still think they did, even though the actor was fine. The way it was in the play was that Eddie and Dr Scott really looked alike, so you knew it was his nephew…”
Tales from the Crypt What’s Cookin’ Se 4 Ep 6 (1992)…
Tales.From.The.Crypt.S04E06 – .Whats.Cookin – part 1/2, BestMoviesCinema
“And I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that. No, I won’t do that…”