Adam Lambert revealed he was offered the role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter in FOX’s “The Rocky Horror Picture Show Event,” but turned down the role.
In an interview with the Idolator, Lambert says he felt uncomfortable taking the role because he isn’t transgender.
“I kind of felt like in 2016, to be cis and playing the role of a trans character, it felt inappropriate to me. In the ’70s, it was different,” Lambert told Idolator. “But nowadays we have such an amazing conversation that’s started about trans and gender in this world. I think casting Laverne [Cox] was so brilliant. It’s so appropriate, you know what I mean? And to re-imagine [the character], as well, because she’s entirely different.”
Lambert says after turning down the role, he realized he wanted to play another iconic character from the film instead.
“So I said no, but when they started announcing the cast, I said, ’Wait a minute — what about Eddie? I wanna play Eddie. I could do that — that’s like one song. Let me just come in and do a bit part, because I really, really wanted to be a part of it,” Lambert says.
The “American Idol” alum doesn’t regret passing on the role and thinks Cox’s take on the character will not only be more fitting, but more interesting.
“You know, I thought to myself, my friends that are trans — how are they going to feel about casting a non-trans person saying, ‘I’m a sweet transvestite from transexual Transylvania?’ It’s dicey,” Lambert says. “I think they made a really bold, refreshing choice on that. It’s very forward-thinking and it feels very right now, which is going to make this remake really interesting.”