Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Easter Egg - Lips

Everyone knows Riff Raff is singing the opening song, but those aren't his lips. We think they may be Magenta's.

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Contributed By: Puck on 09-07-1999
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JoyK writes:
The RHPS trademark lips belong to Patricia Quinn, the actress who plays Magenta. This is an absolute fact -- you can check the RHPS web-site for confirmation. The vocal to the song "Science Fiction, Double Feature" 'sung' by the lips in the opening is by Richard O'Brien who wrote the songs & story and plays Riff-Raff. Also, Richard O'Brien's wife Kimi Wong plays one of the partyin' Transylvanians.
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larryv4711 writes:
Those are Patricia Quinn's lips. She was really excited about singing the opening song but the production company decided to go with someone else. As the story goes she was sitting in a car with Richard O'Brien and Tim Curry Tim: "So Pat, if you aren't singing Science Fiction Double feature, who is?" Richard: "I am" Pat: "You BASTARD!" She was very bitter about that. Now there was a whole bunch more to his story about where the concept of using lips for the show came from, but once they decided on that someone approched pat about portraying the lips that would sing the song in the movie. She wore all black makeup, was put into a clamp type device to keep her head still, and she was wearing caps on her teeth (you can see them if you watch really closely). The lips on the poster were not hers however.
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The Lips singing are Patricia Quinn's as she and Richard O'Brien stated at the 20th Anniversary party the night before the 20th anniversary show. The Lips in the poster are Little Nell's as they also stated at the event.
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Spazzmin writes:
The lips are indeed Patricia Quinns, not Richard O'Briens or Tim Currys, as has been stated. The song was sung by Richard O'Brien for the movie, although Pat Quinn had thought that she would be singing it, as Trixie (the usherette) usually sung this song in the stage version, and this had been her (Magenta) Patricia Quinns immediate response when she found out O'Brien was doing the song was "You BASTARD" as this had been the main reason she had agreed to doing it. She did not pull out though. About the car crash thing - according to the Audio commentary (done by Patricia Quinn and Richard O'Brien on the DVD) Little Nell (Columbia in the movie) had been in a serious car crash (I think it was about 15 years ago) and it took her (weeks, months, years? - can't remember - long time anyway) to realise she had a broken neck (she had been blacking out, and getting huge headaches)
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HayleyRose writes:
Patricia Quin sang 'Science Fiction..' in the stage version, her lips in the film opening. Richard O'Brian sang it in the film. Belive me.
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eponine writes:
Patricia Quinn has revealed several times that they were her lips, as some people have said she said it on VH1, and on the DVD commentary which I heard myself. As far as my memory serves me, she agreed to play Magenta in the movie only for the song. Then when she heard she couldn't sing it she got very upset but after seeing the set she agreed to do it (despite the lack of lines Magenta has) and then she was given the part of the lips. I think she was a little bitter over the fact that Richard was singing it but I don't think it was a long lasting bitterness. As for the car incident...sounds dubious, but possible I suppose. And with regards to it being an egg I don't think it is because it wasn't really hidden to fool the audience or anything so...
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Naomi writes:
The lips do belong to the actress that played Magenta. They said so on VH1's Behind The Music.
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oreoz writes:
Everyone knows they're Magenta's lips!!
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wclarkeg writes:
The lips belong to Magenta - she revealed this on VH1.
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Huga writes:
The lips definitely are Patricia Quinn's - she says so herself on the DVD commentary. She also doesn't sound at all bitter about it, so I doubt if the alleged car incident above took place.
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LimpNJen writes:
Is this a joke? I'm a new fan of Rocky and even I know this. The whole story behind the lips has to be one of the most known facts within Rocky fans.
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Sesana writes:
In the original stage play, the song is sung by The Usherette, who is played by the same actress who plays Magenta.
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Snowdog writes:
If you look at Tim Curry's teeth at other parts in the movie, you will see that they are not the same.
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Rachies writes:
I thought The Usherette (Trixie I think)was played by Columbia...?
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katie2002 writes:
The legendary lips at the beginning of the Rocky Horror Picture Show belong to none other than Patricia Quinn, the actress who plays Magenta. She's also the one responsible for the voice, not Richard O'Brian. If you're not convinced, and you get the chance, check out the show when it's done live...Magenta is always the one who sings the opening number, kind of a tribute to the original.
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