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Feed me boy! Feed me now!
~ Audrey II
You want to save your skin, boy? You want to save your hide? You wanna see tomorrow? Ha-ha! Better step aside...! You want to take a tip book, you want some good advice? Better take it easy, cos you're stepping on thin ice! You don't know what you're dealing with, no you never did. You don't know what you're lookin' at, well that's tough titty, kid. The Lion don't sleep tonight, and when you pull his tail, he roars!
~ Audrey II in his climactic battle with Seymour.

Audrey II, or Twoey for short, is a talking, singing, man-eating, and carnivorous alien flytrap and the iconic main antagonist from the 1986 science-fiction musical film, Little Shop of Horrors.

He was voiced by the late Levi Stubbs of the Four Tops band.


Origin

According to the film's director, Audrey II hails from a distant planet "Past the stars, and beyond the Moon!" which is home to thousands more carnivorous Plants akin to him. He came to planet Earth with the sole intentions of consuming humanity, and secondly to spread his seeds. (In the theatrical ending, he explodes and becomes blue particles. This could be taken to mean he regenerated into tiny seeds upon death. Confirmed when an Audrey II bud is seen at the climax.) Audrey II came to Earth during a total solar eclipse and this could be taken to either mean his spaceship was orbiting Earth at the time, and he teleported down as a sapling from the ship, or that it could mean his mere presence was enough so that he could bend reality to his will.

He ended up in the plant section of an exotic Asian florist and was sold to Seymour, (despite the latter knowing the Plant definitely was not there before the eclipse) for just $1.95.

Personality

Audrey II is very cruel, greedy, uncaring, avaricious, manipulative, and egotistical, so he relies on manipulating Seymour's desires to grow large enough to move around and eat humans on its own. Despite having no eyes or ears, it can see and hear. When he goes to get to the telephone to call Audrey, it places the phone on the position of where the right ear on a human's face would be.

History

Seymour Krelborn is a very poor man who works in a flower shop. One day, he finds a very strange flytrap being sold by a Chinese man and buys it for $1.95. He names the plant Audrey II, after the girl he loves, and puts it on display in the flower store, which causes business to soar. However, it soon starts wilting and while trying to feed it Seymour discovers that the only thing the plant eats is human blood. He starts feeding the plant his own blood through his fingers until it is human-size and Seymour cannot afford to give anymore of his blood to it, at which point the plant starts talking and singing to Seymour demanding to be fed.

Audrey II convinces Seymour to kill Orin Scrivello, the opprobrious, deceiving, sadistic, and abusive dentist that the human Audrey is currently dating and feed him to him, which Seymour does, being spared having to actually murder him as the dentist accidentally inhales a lethal amount of his own laughing gas. Later, the owner of the plant shop reveals that he witnessed the body being chopped up and tries to turn Seymour in to the police but is tricked into falling into Audrey II's mouth.

At this point the now massive plant is making Seymour a celebrity, but he is tormented by the guilt of indirectly killing two people and refuses to feed any more humans to Audrey II. He tells the plant that all he's going to feed him is ground round for now. While Seymour goes to the local butcher, Audrey II uses a telephone to call Audrey and lure her into the shop.

It is at this point that the outcome of the plot diverges: In the play and the intended ending to the film, the plant eats both Audrey and Seymour, and lets his buds to be taken by an entrepreneur who sells them to ignorant people across the country, creating an army of giant plants who proceed to take over the world and rampage through the cities.

However, when test audiences for the film were shocked and disgusted by this ending (which was much more graphic and frightening than its equivalent in the stage production), a happy ending was rather hastily created and the climax was reshot.

In the released film, Seymour rescues Audrey from the mouth of the plant before she is fatally wounded, and takes her out of the shop into a back alley where he is confronted by a salesman who tells him he will be selling mini Audrey 2 pods across the country, and has the contracts to do so whether Seymour approves or not. It is at this point that Seymour realizes what Audrey II's true intentions were all along, and he confronts the monster in the flower shop, where he starts singing the song "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space" along with his newly-flowered offspring as Seymour unsuccessfully tries to destroy him. At the end of the song, the plant yanks a support beam causing the building to collapse on Seymour. But Seymour survives and while its guard is down he pulls out an electrical cord and plugs it into one of the vines, electrocuting Audrey II and causing him to explode. But when Audrey and Seymour ran into their house, an Audrey II bud is seen and smiles at the camera.

Original ending

After Audrey is attacked by Audrey II (reprise of "Suppertime"), Seymour rescues Audrey, who is seriously injured. Confessing to Audrey he fed Mushnik and Orin to Audrey II, Audrey requests Seymour feed her to the plant and earn the success he deserves, before she dies in his arms (reprise of "Somewhere That's Green"). Seymour does so, but soon attempts to commit suicide, only to be stopped by a salesman, who offers to reproduce and sell Audrey II. Realizing Audrey II's intentions of world domination, Seymour is warned that his consent isn't necessary as plants are considered public domain, meaning Audrey II has to be destroyed. Returning to the shop, Seymour confronts and tries to kill the plant ("Mean Green Mother from Outer Space"), who tears down the shop, plucks Seymour out of the rubble, and eats him alive.

The three chorus girls appear in front of the American flag and tell how the Audrey II buds became a worldwide consumer craze, but soon, grew into an army of monstrous plants who take over the world ("Don't Feed the Plants"). Giant Audrey II plants are shown destroying cities, toppling buildings and eating people. The U.S. Army attempt to fight the Audrey II buds as the final shot shows the plants ascending the Statue of Liberty.

Quotes

Part 1

FEED ME, KRELLBORN, FEED ME NOW!
~ Audrey II's first words
Feed me! I'm starving!
~ Audrey II demands to be fed
More, more, more, more!
~ Audrey II eager for more blood
Feed me, Seymour, feed me all night long... haha, that's right, boy! Cos if you feed me, Seymour, I can grow up, big and strong!
~ Audrey II persuading Seymour
You think this is all a coincidence, baby? Your sudden success round here? Your adoption papers?
~ Audrey II explaining he manipulated Seymour
LIKE DELIVER, PAL! I'll see you get whatever your sickly, cowardly heart desires! Would you like a Cadillac car? Or a guest shot on Jack Parr? How about a date with Heady leMarr? You're gonna get it... if you want it, baby! Hee hee, how'd you like to be a big wheel? Dinin' out for every meal! I'm the Plant who can make it all real. You're gonna get it. I'm your Genie, I'm your bribe, I'm your willing slave. Take a chance, feed me now, you know what kinda eats, the kinda red hot treats, its the icky sticky sweets I craaave! Come on, Seymour, don't be a klutz! Just trust me and your life will surely rival King Tut's! Show some initiative, boy, work up some guts, and you'll get it!
~ Audrey II tempting Seymour
Would you like a room at the Ritz? Wrapped in velvet, covered in glitz?
~ Audrey II's temptations
There must be someone you can eighty-six real quiet like, and get me some LUNCH!
~ Audrey II's plan
If you really want to be profound, if you really want to justify - take a breath and look around, A LOT OF FOLKS DESERVE TO DIE!
~ Audrey II reveals his sadistic nature


Part 2

He's got your number now... he knows just what you've done... you've got nowhere to hide... got nowhere to run!
~ Audrey II telepathically influences Seymour to feed him Mushnik when the latter threatens to arrest Seymour
And I think it's SUPPERTIME!
~ Audrey II orchestrating Mushnik's demise
You sure do drive, a hard bargain!
~ Audrey II demanding meat


Part 3

No, it ain't Seymour - it's ME!
~ Audrey II deceives Audrey
No... and you ain't in Kansas neither!
~ Audrey II to Audrey
Aw, relax darling, your boyfriend and Mushnik are in here, too!
~ Audrey II mocking Audrey before he eats her (from the original ending)
Look at my vines, they're drying up, and I don't know why!
~ Audrey II lying to Audrey


Part 4

No shit Sherlock!
~ Audrey II upon realizing his plans have been revealed
And I want to thank YOU!
~ Audrey II to Seymour, making Seymour realize he was responsible for Audrey II's success
You better wait a minute... haha. You better hold the phone. You better mind your manners, you better watch your tone! Don't you threaten me, son!... You got a lot of gall! You better do things my way, (haha) or we don't do things at all!
~ Audrey II, angry with Seymour, launches into his epic Mean Green Mother From Outer Space number
Aha! You're in trouble now!
~ Audrey II breaks his tentacles out of his plant pot
Aha, bwahaha! You don't know what you're messing with, you got no idea! Haha! You don't know what you're looking at, when you lookin' here! You don't know what you're up against, no way, no way no how! You don't know what you're up against, and I'm gonna tell you noooow!
~ Audrey II about to reveal his identity
Aw, let's get this straight! I'm just a Mean Green Mother From Outer Space, and I am BAD! I'm just a Mean Green Mother From Outer Space, and it looks like you been had! I'm just a Mean Green Mother From Outer Space, so get off my back, get outta my face, cos I'm Mean and Green! AND I AM BAD!
~ Audrey II unleashed his anger and explained his identity to Seymour as a man eating alien
You know I don't come from no Black Lagoon, I'm from past the stars and beyond the Moon! You can keep the Plant, keep the It, keep the Creature, they don't mean shit!
~ Audrey II duelling with Seymour
Na-haha! I got killer moves, a powerful stem, deadly thorns and I'm usin' them! You'd best give up! Nature calls! You got the point? I'm gonna bust your balls! Here it comes!
~ Audrey II injures Seymour
I'm just a Mean Green Mother From Outer Space, and I am BAD! Bye bye, Seymour! Mwahahahahahaah!
~ Audrey II yanks down the shop as Seymour hides
And... I... am... BAD!
~ Audrey II's last words in the original ending, as he spots Seymour struggling out the rubble of the shop, wraps his tentacles round him, and drags him into his maw to eat Seymour alive. After this, he spits out Seymour's glasses and laughs evilly. Then his descendants are shown rampaging over the world
MWAHAHAAH! Oh... Shit!
~ Audrey II (in the theatrical ending) realizes his fate is sealed when Seymour zaps him with an electric wire; thus blowing the Plant up
Little Shop of Horrors Original Ending YouTube11:47

Little Shop of Horrors Original Ending YouTube

SPOILER ALERT - Original Intended Ending of "Little Shop of Horrors" (1986). This is the original ending intended for the film; however due to some crazy decision it was cut from the film. What a load! Consider the effort to make this epic ending; only to have test audiences be like "Say whaaaaaa?" and demand its rejection!

Trivia

  • Sometimes, Orin Scrivello is seen as being the main antagonist, but this role belongs to the Plant because he had more ambitions than Orin and planned to destroy all humans.
  • The song "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space" was awarded "Best Song" in a film.
  • A debate has arisen over the Plant's gender, based on its number "I'm Just a Mean Green Mother from Outer Space!" This led to fans believing it was ultimately female, while others say male. The female lead has said because of its new buds it "sprouts" at the climax. Others say it is a compulsive liar so why should we believe it when it states its gender? However, the real answer for this lies in the song name - when it uses "I'm Just a Mean Green Mother" it actually means the insult motherfucker and is not actually referring to its identity at all.
  • Given that Audrey II falls like a star to Earth, and that his coming heralds the destruction of humanity, and that he corrupts people to his wills, and that he literally poisons the minds of otherwise decent folk - all this means Audrey II was most likely based off the phenomenon of Wormwood from The Book of Revelations.

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