HHERE'S THE LATEST RUMOR BUZZING from table to table at Spago: Tim Curry collects rodent skeletons! The actor with the Silly Putty face and the blowfish eyes begs to demur. "John Landis has been [jutting someone on, I'm afraid," says Curry, 45, of the director of his new movie, Oscar. Curry insists he has no unusual interest in bones or any other kinks, that he's just an everyday, boring English eccentric. [P] That is hardly obvious from the range of wacko screen characters Curry has played—from the garter-belt-wearing Transylvanian transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the 1975 cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show to the Soviet doctor in The Hunt for Red October to the creepy clown in last fall's ABC miniseries It. [P] In Oscar, Curry plays prissy elocutionist Dr. Thornton Poole, who teaches gangster "Snaps" Provolone (Sylvester Stallone) proper speech. "I don't know how you put all those words together," the awed Stallone told Curry during filming. "I've said eight words in my last 10 pictures." [P] The son of James Curry, a British Navy chaplain, and his wife, Patricia, a school secretary, Curry has been cutting up most of his life. He survived the family's frequent military-base moves (until age 12, when his father died) by adopting the role of class wit. "I developed whatever charm I have fast, as most service brats do," he says. Friend Annie (Designing Women) Potts says that he is "the most well-read, well-versed man I ever met. He can talk with authority on any subject." [P] With his career on track these days, the never married actor can concentrate on "terminally bourgeois pleasures" like cooking a "mean" osso buco for friends including Potts and artist David Hockney or puttering in his lush garden of trellised roses, tulips and daffodils at his tidy three-bedroom in a quaint and untrendy section of L.A. "All Brits are gardeners," he says. "On our 30th birthday, we reach for a trowel." [P]