Halloween 2018: Jamie Lee Curtis cried throughout filming


 Jamie Lee Curtis’ return to Haddonfield and the Halloween universe turned out to be more emotional than she expected.

Halloween 2018 — The Return to Haddonfield

Forty years have passed since John Carpenter’s Halloween was released, and while there have been various sequels and two remakes in the shape of Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Halloween II, none of them have come close to Carpenter’s original. Now, thanks to director David Gordon Green and writers Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley, comes a new Halloween movie that aims to rewrite the franchise’s mythology.

Halloween completely ignores all sequels and remakes, being a direct sequel to Carpenter’s movie – in short, this would be our brand new Halloween II. Things have certainly changed in Haddonfield and Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) has moved on… in some ways. Joining her in this story are her daughter, Karen (Judy Greer) and her granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak), who will get a taste of Michael Myers’ dangerous nature. But don’t think that this will leave our hero Laurie Strode behind – there’s a big emotional package coming with her, and Jamie Lee Curtis was not prepared for it.

In an interview with EW, Jamie Lee Curtis opened up about reprising her role as Laurie Strode in Halloween, explaining she mistakenly thought the movie would focus more on her daughter and granddaughter than her. It wasn’t until she got to the set and began rehearsing with David Gordon Green that she realized there was a lot her character was going to have to deal with.

"“I started crying the day I arrived, I didn’t stop crying until the day I left. I didn’t expect it. I knew [Laurie] would be fierce, I knew she’d be galvanized, I knew I’d be tired, I knew I would work hard. I did not know that it would move me so deeply, the whole experience of the movie. It took me a good month [to recover]”."

Strode’s Strength

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She added that the role was not only emotionally exhausting but also physically, sharing she cracked a rib shooting “those last sequences”, and that although there were stunts involved, she did all her fight scenes – or at least a “great, great great majority”.

As seen in the trailers, Laurie is still dealing with the mental, emotional, and physical consequences of Michael’s killing spree after all these years. Laurie’s role will be emotionally charged even if the main focus ends up being her granddaughter (which wouldn’t be surprising, given that this movie is a big opportunity to make way for a new heroine) – but Laurie being Laurie, she will also bring out the strength that made her the sole survivor of Myers’ crimes in the first place.

Directed by David Gordon Green and starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, and Nick Castle and Jude Courtney as Michael Myers, Halloween will be released Oct. 19.

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