Barry Bostwick came to Wizard World Minneapolis 2016 on Mother’s Day weekend, and Three If By Space was able to sit down with him for a brief interview. Barry is best known for his role as Brad Majors in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which FOX is remaking this Halloween in honor of the film’s 40th anniversary!
Barry was also on a panel called “Let’s Do the Time Warp Again with Barry Bostwick” and kindly agreed to a request to do the Time Warp with the audience. Here is the video from his panel, and after you’ve watched that, check out the interview with him below!
We started the interview informally, talking about a variety of things from ailments like motion sickness and bed mites to the importance of extras and his latest projects. During a conversation about his pollen allergy and pests in the house, Barry explained that he’s currently struggling with an ear wig problem. This, of course, was a natural segue into one of his latest projects.
Barry: “I just finished a movie a couple months ago called Aaah, Roach! It’s about roaches taking over a college town and I play the exterminator. Having actual ear wigs take over your house is not fun and not satire. I hope my marriage survives the weekend.”
TiBS: “Do you have any other recent projects?”
Barry: “Inside the Extra’s Studio on YouTube right now. We’re rolling out a different episode every week for the next eight weeks. This is our second season. You can go to InsideTheExtra’sStudio.com. It’s a satire on Inside the Actor’s Studio. I run a pool for extras. I think being an extra is the most important job. It’s quite clever.
“My father was an extra and was almost killed walking up and down the hills of San Francisco. Another one he did some commercial on cake or something and he was out in the heat in the wine country. People treat extras like crap. I remember when I did George Washington, the mini series, and we did all these battle scenes with the re-enactors and extras, hundreds of them, in the field and we were all wearing wool uniforms. People were passing out like flies cause they didn’t give them enough water. But it got him [Barry’s father] out of the house, he met interesting people, so he liked it.
“I also have a movie called Three Days in August. It was at the Dallas Film Festival last week. And you can’t miss Aaah, Roach! when it comes out. Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival came out on DVD about three weeks ago. And I’m on a show on the CW called Still the King. I do two episodes of that starting in June. And I do conventions, which is great.”
TiBS: “What’s your favorite part of coming to fan conventions?”
Barry: “New places. I’ve never been here [Minneapolis] before. And meeting people like you and learning something about the culture here. And finding great thrift shops. I’m a thrift shop junkie.”
“And I love extras. Extras are some of the most interesting people. Because it’s not really their job. They have other interesting jobs. We were shooting Three Days in August in a place called Mineral Wells, and we had a couple of scenes where we need extras and we had all the locals. They were really interesting people from all walks of life and enthusiastic and they had a change of clothes. Which is really the most important thing for being an extra. You have to have a change of clothes. They say you have to come in your formals and then you gotta come in your bathing suit and you gotta have all this stuff. And a comfortable chair. And a good book. So we talked about extras…”
TiBS: “Anything else you’d like to add?”
Barry: “For Inside the Extra’s Studio, we stacked this season with people that are YouTube stars. People who have a million followers here or half a million followers there. Apparently my five thousand friends on Facebook didn’t raise the ratings. We’ve already tripled our views on the first episode [of Season 2]. Our first guest was Frizzy Voices. She does voices and voice-over stuff. She’s got a million followers. That’s great. But that’s why I wouldn’t want to have to start show business if I was a young actor today. Just to get a job as a guest star they look at all of your social media. But I’m not gonna tweet. I refuse to tweet.”
After that we had to wrap up the interview. Barry was a delight to talk with and we were very happy to have him visit Minneapolis and meet the fans.
Don’t miss the remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show coming in October! It will be broadcast on FOX and you can watch the trailer right here!