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Laverne Cox Responds to Criticism Over Role in ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ Remake

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All the Support She Needs

So what does Laverne Cox think?

In an interview with ET, she confessed that “People can be challenging and critical,” but went on to say that she was not in the least bit worried about the preemptive dislike of Fox’s upcoming Rocky Horror remake. Instead, she’s staying focused on the positive. “This year has been me really trying to enjoy these moments,” she said. “Four years ago, I was barely paying my rent, in eviction court, and now I’m at the Billboard Awards?! This won’t last forever, so I’m really trying to enjoy it.”

The actress, who turns 32 on May 29, said, “I gave 250 percent, and I hope people like what we came up with.”

Having watched the interview, we’re not worried in the least about her performance. After all, she has some major support from three of the people who matter most with regards to the production. Remake director Kenny Ortega specifically chose Cox for the role of Dr. Frank N. Furter, and the Rocky Horror Fan Club President Sal Piro–who’s run club for 40 years–told Cox that she was “absolutely perfect” for the part.

Most importantly, Cox has the support of Tim Curry, who originated Frank N. Furter and made it the iconic role it is today. According to Cox, “He wants me to do my own thing with it,” and after she finished recording the songs before filming, he lauded her with a “Brava.”

Now THAT is seriously cool. It can’t be easy to have to recreate someone’s role with them on set. Curry will be playing the criminologist in the remake.

Still not sure what to expect come Halloween 2016? Watch the first teaser trailer for Fox’s Rocky Horror remake on the next page!

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Released on May 16, the trailer currently has more dislikes than likes on YouTube, but we’re sure that people will continue to warm up to the concept of the remake as we get closer to its release date.

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