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Forty years ago, terror fans were introduced to masked assassin Michael Myers, a nanny stalker in a small Illinois town. The movie was, of course, Hallowe'en. And it was the debut of Jamie Lee Curtis, who played the children's bookkeeper, Laurie Strode, the original character of the "final girl" who escapes from the killing. Curtis appeared in three more sequels and even died in one. She thought she had left that character behind.
"I had no intention of being another Hallowe'en Movie, "she says, but that's exactly what she's done, repeating her role as Strode in the new Halloween, Curtis says that what convinced her to return was the approach taken by director David Gordon Green and screenwriter Danny McBride: ignore the other seven sequels, just focus on what happened to Laurie Strode since Michael Myers first attacked her in 1978. "In this movie, 40 years later, we really discovered what happens when someone suffers a trauma when they are 17 years, and not getting help Laurie Strode, I believe, returned to school on November 1, 1978, with a bandage on his arm, having lost all his best friends and surviving this attack. "
Highlights of the interview
About the trauma of Laurie
She left school on October 31, a dreamer, an intellectual, someone who would have gone to Brown and changed the world. And instead, on November 1, she returned to school a phenomenon. And that's what happens with the trauma, it marks you. People point and say: "Oh, my God, there's Laurie Strode, she was the one who survived!" And it took away his innocence.
To the extent that he lost everything: he ended up in a couple of relationships that failed, ended up having a child, the state came and took it away because he was an inadequate mother. Dissatisfied because her only goal, every day, was to prepare her daughter for the fact that Michael Myers would return.
About the people who tell Laurie to get over it.
Everyone is trying to tell him to get over it. I think that has been the kind of abstinence in his ear since he was 17 years old. And in a strange way, you know, that's all our ways of trying to distance ourselves from that person's trauma. Nobody really wants to get into that. And it's much easier to give someone an analgesic and say, "get over it."
In his proximity to the character.
This movie … it was a role, I had been on a television series before where I was one of the six women with maybe two lines a week, every week, and here was a script that was completely a character. A complete character with a really emotive and dramatic bow. And so, to me, honestly, his name was in every part of the script and I was thrilled. I'm a little smart, I have a mouth to talk trash, I'm not an intellectual, I'm a big emotional hug, a lot. And here was the role of a quiet, intellectual, repressed virginal dreamer who walked down the street and sang to herself … You know, there was an affair for her. And for me, she was the best role, really, I've always been able to play.
I never thought it would be a success acting in spite of its Hollywood pedigree
I never thought for a second. It was not very pretty, it was cute. I had gray teeth from my mother who was taking tetracycline when she was in the womb. I did not have much talent, I could not sing and I could not do musical theater, I just showed up. My point is that here I feel at the age of 60, talking about a movie I've been involved in for 40 years. About something, that it's about something, and that all the experiences of my life have been added to this moment, it's not something I had the faintest idea that had happened … I've been going around the world as people of high level with the amazement of this moment.
I have worked hard, but I do not expect it, and that is what a gift is, when you do not expect something and then it is given to you, you open it and leave "wow, thanks!" That's amazing, and that's what I feel David Gordon Green and Danny McBride gave me when they allowed me to go where we had to go with the movie, Hallowe'en, to explain and honor the courage and tenacity of Laurie Strode, who represents all the women who have been assaulted, all the women who have had to defend themselves, all the women who have survived, and that is a privilege, and It is not something that I take advantage of slightly.