Jamie Lee Curtis on Halloween Ends, Franchise

Jamie Lee Curtis acquired very emotional whereas discussing “Halloween Ends,” and her legacy as Laurie Strode at New York Comedian-Con on Oct. 8. “At this level, Jamie and Laurie have develop into woven collectively. There isn’t any separation,” she mentioned throughout her dialog with Drew Barrymore on Saturday evening. Curtis first performed Laurie in 1978’s “Halloween,” her first movie position. She was simply 19 years outdated whereas filming director John Carpenter’s horror masterpiece. “I might not have a profession,” she defined of the position’s impression on her life. “I might not have a household. Every part comes from you loving her.” Curtis referenced her age and mentioned that “one among lately” she is going to cross away and “It is gonna say three phrases: ‘Halloween’ Actress Dies.”

Curtis has performed Laurie in seven “Halloween” movies, together with “Halloween Ends,” which comes out Oct. 14 in theaters and on Peacock. She additionally talked about how she ended up showing in 1998’s “Halloween H20: 20 Years Later” and really briefly in 2002’s “Halloween: Resurrection.” Based on Curtis, she went to director Carpenter and producer Debra Hill with the concept of doing a sequel to mark the 20 th anniversary. Neither ended up returning for “H20,” however Curtis signed on. “It was conceived as what occurs whenever you run from worry,” she defined. Laurie is in hiding, with a brand new title. “The entire conceit of the film was in the event you’re working from worry, you are useless inside.” On the film’s finish, as Curtis imagined, Laurie would lastly kill Michael Meyers as soon as and for all.

However when Curtis acquired the script for “H20,” it had a “obscure” ending. “In that second, there was some contract . . . and also you could not kill him,” she mentioned of the franchise’s iconic villain. She was mad as a result of she did not need to inform followers it was the tip if it wasn’t actually the tip. Author Kevin Williamson got here up with an answer: Laurie would suppose she killed Michael Meyers, just for the masks to raise and reveal an harmless paramedic.

Curtis in the end agreed to this ending, with a caveat. “I mentioned, however you need to pay me some huge cash within the subsequent film, and you need to kill me within the first ten minutes as a result of I now killed an harmless man, and I can not stay with that,” she mentioned. Michael Meyers kills Laurie in the beginning of “Halloween: Resurrection,” although each “H20” and “Resurrection” have been retconned by 2018’s “Halloween.”

Curtis additionally revealed that the one that satisfied her to return to the franchise was her godson: Jake Gyllenhaal. He had labored with director David Gordon Inexperienced earlier than. “David Gordon Inexperienced despatched me a script the place he mentioned I believe Laurie’s spent 40 years dwelling behind barbed wire,” she defined. She feels that after the occasions of the primary “Halloween,” Laurie went to high school the subsequent day, and by no means handled the trauma round Michael Meyers’ homicide spree.

“It was an extremely stunning film about her trauma,” she mentioned, earlier than addressing the online meme of her saying the “movie is about trauma” in fairly a couple of interviews. “I’ve seen the f*cking meme,” she mentioned at Comedian-Con. “However the film additionally made a f*cking fortune, so f*ck you.”

As for “Halloween Ends,” Curtis mentioned the film, which picks up 4 years after 2021’s “Halloween Kills,” can be about hope. “Now we have to have hope,” she mentioned. “If we do not have hope, we’re so f*cked.”

“You realize endings are a bitch,” she mentioned of wrapping up her time within the franchise. “However so is Laurie Strode. So I am prepared to finish it, however I am gonna miss you a lot.”

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