(I failed to find an existing thread about this very obvious topic, so sorry if it’s a repeat!)
Fans know the Cattrall story, the experience of those behind Time Chasers, and the legend of Joe Don Baker. I was reading an interview with David Warner, and he briefly referenced MST while discussing Quest of the Delta Knights:
Well, that was, of course, a low-budget film which—what’s that called? Mystery Science Theater ? It ended up there. [Laughs.]
It’s not much, but I thought it was interesting that a gentleman who seems by his own standard to be out of touch with popular culture is aware of MST, and I’m relieved that he doesn’t seem sour about it because I adore David Warner.
I’ve heard that Miles O’Keefe was into being riffed, and I vaguely remember someone else having fun with it*, and this got me thinking I’d like to hear more on the subject, if anyone has any to add!
*updated because I remembered I was thinking of Rick Sloane, director of Hobgoblins
I remember they tracked down Bruce J Mitchell, the guy who played Rowsdower, and did an interview with him. He seemed pretty chipper about the whole thing. (Sadly, he died a couple of years ago.)
There’s also Kim Cattral, who was in a hotel room and turned on the TV to a random channel only to be greeted by a strange gold robot singing her name over and over. She felt it was surreal, but kept watching. She ended up having her staff send flowers to Crow. (Which is almost certainly why she ended up being named as Kinga’s mother in Season 12. It works better when you remember that Crow and Dr. F were both played by Trace.)
On the other side of things, of course, there’s Joe Don Baker, who was really upset about his character being mocked in Mitchell, which is why they went after him even harder in Final Justice.
When Kim Cattrall appeared at ConventioCon ExpoFest-A-Rama 2: Electric Boogaloo in 1996, she shared this story: “I was in my hotel room and was channel surfing. And what do I hear but my own name being sung by a small golden man. And it just went on like that. I yelled for my boyfriend to come in and see this. We were just in shock. A few minutes later, one of my lesser accomplishments came on: City Limits . I called my publicity agent and asked him if Mystery Science Theater 3000 was a real show. He said yes. I called my florist and had an odd request: to send a bouquet of flowers to a Crow T. Robot.”
Given the years he spent playing the campiest Batman ever, he shouldn’t. But it’s nice when people are laid back. Honestly, I don’t know if I could be myself. I’m too high strung. But when they take it in the spirit in which it was meant, it makes for a more fun experience.