See the Cast of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Then and Now
‘Little Shop of Horrors’ was a 1986 music comedy about a blood-thirsty, foul-mouthed flesh-eating plant and the meek florist who raised it. With a new Blu-ray edition out that features the original, darker ending, we were wondering what the cast is up to today.
The film was an adaptation of the stage play ‘Little Shop of Horrors,’ which in turn was a remake of the the 1960 low-budget Roger Corman camp-fest ‘The Little Shop of Horrors.’
Somewhere along that journey the ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ became a hot commodity and director Frank Oz was able to put together a terrific cast for the movie.
Check out what all these singing actors are up to these days below.
Rick Moranis, Seymour Krelborn
Then: Moranis was nerdy florist Seymour Krelborn in ‘Little Shop Of Horrors.’ Two years earlier he played another memorable geeky character, Louis Tully, in ‘Ghostbusters.’ The former SCTV star is also known for his work in the cult classics’ ‘The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew’ and ’Spaceballs.’
Now: Moranis’ most famous role is probably as the dad in the ’Honey, I Shrunk The Kids’ franchise. The 59-year-old, who lost his wife to cancer in 1991, retired from the entertainment industry in 1997 so he could raise his real-life kids. He still does occasional voice work, and released a comedy album called ‘The Agoraphobic Cowboy.’ It is rumored that he will come out of semi-retirement to reprise his Louis Tully role if there is a ‘Ghostbusters 3.’
Ellen Greene, Audrey
Then: In what has been her most famous role to date, Ellen Greene played Seymour’s ditsy crush Audrey in ‘Little Shop Of Horrors.’ The-then 35-year-old was much better known for her theater work and had previously portrayed Audrey in the stage version of ‘Little Shop Of Horrors.’
Now: Greene was Vivian Charles on ‘Pushing Daisies’ from 2007 until the series was cancelled in 2009. She did a stint on the soap opera ‘The Young and The Restless’ in 2011 and popped up on the ABC Family series ‘Bunheads’ in 2012.
Steve Martin, Orin Scrivello
Then: Steve Martin was sadistic singing dentist Orin Scrivello in ‘Little Shop Of Horrors.’ That same year he was one of the ‘¡Three Amigos!’ and in 1987 he starred in ‘Roxanne.’
Now: Martin’s lastest film role was as a birder in 2011’s ‘The Big Year.’ Ever the Renaissance man, the 67-year-old is a best-selling author, a successful art collector and a Grammy-winning banjo player. Martin has hosted ‘Saturday Night Live’ 15 times, second to only Alec Baldwin’s 16.
Bill Murray, Arthur Denton
Then: Murray had a small role as a masochistic man in search of long, slow root canal in ‘Little Shop of Horrors.’ (Jack Nicholson played a similar part in the Corman film.) The then-35-year-old was already a well-established comedic force, thanks to films such as ‘Stripes,’ ‘Caddyshack’ and ‘Ghostbusters.’
Now: Murray will play Franklin D. Roosevelt in the upcoming biopic ‘Hyde Park on Hudson.’ He is also known on the internet for being generally awesome.
Tichina Arnold, Crystal
Then: Arnold was 16 when she played one of the singing Greek chorus girls in ‘Little Shop Of Horrors.’ She had previously appeared in the TV movies ‘House of Dies Drear’ and ‘The Brass Ring.’
Now: Known to many as Pam on ‘Martin,’ Arnold currently stars with Fran Drescher on TV Land’s ‘Happily Divorced.’ The sitcom vet is also known for her long run as the mom on ‘Everybody Hates Chris.’
Tisha Campbell, Chiffon
Then: In ‘Little Shop of Horrors,’ Campbell was one of the singing dropout school girls who narrated the story as a sassy Greek chorus. The next year she was cast in the comedy-drama series ‘Rags to Riches.’
Now: Campbell is best known for playing Martin Lawrence’s girlfriend Gina on the sitcom ‘Martin’ — and for the harassment lawsuit she filed against Lawrence during the show’s last season. The 43-year -old is married to fellow actor Duane Martin and 2011 she starred in the procedural drama ‘The Protector,’ which was cancelled after one season.
Christopher Guest, Enthusiastic Customer
Then: Guest, a veteran of ‘SCTV’ and ‘This Is Spinal Tap,’ popped up in a brief cameo as the enthusiastic man who first purchases an Audrey II.
Now: Best known for his mockumentary films (‘Waiting for Guffman,’ ‘A Mighty Wind’), Guest last appeared in ‘The Invention of Lying’ and is developing a comedy series called ‘Family Tree’ for HBO. He also reunited with the old Spinal Tap gang for a new album, ‘Back from the Dead,’ in 2009.
Levi Stubbs, Audrey II (voice)
Then: Prior to voicing and singing the part of killer plant Audrey II, Stubbs was a Motown legend who fronted the group The Four Tops.
Now: Stubbs continued to tour with The Four Tops and went on to voice another memorable bad guy — Mother Brain in the cartoon ‘Captain N: The Game Master.’ He also appeared as himself on ‘Webster’ and a number of TV specials. Sadly, Stubbs passed away in 2008.