Jamie Lee Curtis Says She Owes Her Whole Life to the "Halloween" Films

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 08:  Jamie Lee Curtis speaks onstage during HALLOWEEN ENDS presented by Universal Pictures during New York Comic Con at Jacob Javits Center on October 08, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Universal Pictures)
Jamie Lee Curtis obtained very emotional whereas discussing “Halloween Ends,” and her legacy as Laurie Strode at New York Comic-Con on Oct. 8. “At this level, Jamie and Laurie have change into woven collectively. There is not any separation,” she stated throughout her dialog with Drew Barrymore on Saturday night time. Curtis first performed Laurie in 1978’s “Halloween,” her first movie function. She was simply 19 years previous whereas filming director John Carpenter’s horror masterpiece. “I’d not have a profession,” she defined of the function’s affect on her life. “I’d not have a household. Everything comes from you loving her.” Curtis referenced her age and stated that “one in every of lately” she is going to cross away and “It’s 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.” According to Curtis, she went to director Carpenter and producer Debra Hill with the thought of doing a sequel to mark the 20th anniversary. Neither ended up returning for “H20,” however Curtis signed on. “It was conceived as what occurs if you run from concern,” she defined. Laurie is in hiding, with a brand new identify. “The complete conceit of the film was when you’re operating from concern, you are lifeless inside.” At the film’s finish, as Curtis imagined, Laurie would lastly kill Michael Meyers as soon as and for all.

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

Curtis in the end agreed to this ending, with a caveat. “I stated, however it’s a must to pay me some huge cash within the subsequent film, and it’s a must to kill me within the first ten minutes as a result of I now killed an harmless man, and I can not dwell with that,” she stated. Michael Meyers kills Laurie initially of “Halloween: Resurrection,” although each “H20” and “Resurrection” had 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 Green earlier than. “David Gordon Green despatched me a script the place he stated I feel Laurie’s spent 40 years residing 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 lovely film about her trauma,” she stated, earlier than addressing the online meme of her saying the “movie is about trauma” in fairly a number of interviews. “I’ve seen the f*cking meme,” she stated at Comic-Con. “But the film additionally made a f*cking fortune, so f*ck you.”

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

“You know endings are a bitch,” she stated of wrapping up her time within the franchise. “But so is Laurie Strode. So I’m prepared to finish it, however I’m gonna miss you a lot.”

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