Last week, US TV network FOX dropped a short trailer for the upcoming remake of Rocky Horror Picture Show starring transgender actress Laverne Cox as the iconic Dr Frank N Furter.
But the trailer for the cult classic film has scored more dislikes than likes on YouTube, and was met with a very mixed reaction on social media.
Now Laverne Cox has weighed in on the controversy surrounding the remake at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night.
“Rocky Horror is sacred to people,” Laverne told Entertainment Tonight.
“It’s the longest-running movie in theater history, in movie history. For 41 years, people have been going to midnight showings and dressing up, and there’s been shadow casts all over the world. It means so much to so many people.”
Although she’s aware that people can be very critical, Laverne noted she had poured her heart and soul into the project and “gave 250 percent”.
“I put everything I had into this. I gave 250 percent, and I hope people like what we came up with,” she said.
The actress said she’s received a lot of support from hardcore fans of the film, including superfan and the president of the movie’s fan club, Sal Piro.
“He met me and he said, ‘I’m so excited. I think you’re absolutely the perfect person to do this,'” Cox revealed.
“We met some other people who do shadow cast in Philadelphia. Actually, they were on set and they some saw footage, and they were really excited. So, hardcore Rocky fans seem to be on board with this, and that means the world to me.”
Watch Laverne in the Rocky Horror Teaser Trailer below: