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This “Halloween” Jamie Lee Curtis expects 40 years of trauma: NPR

Watch out, Michael Myers, Laurie Strode [Jamie Lee Curtis] is ready for you. Other Eccles / Universal Pictures hide caption…

Watch out, Michael Myers, Laurie Strode [Jamie Lee Curtis] is ready for you.

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Watch out, Michael Myers, Laurie Strode [Jamie Lee Curtis] is ready for you.

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40 years ago, horror fans were introduced to the masked assassin Michael Myers, stalker of babysitters in a small Illinois city. The film was of course Halloween . And it was the debut of Jamie Lee Curtis, who played the booky baby guard Laurie Strode – the original “last girl” character that dirtyly releases slaughter. Curtis appeared in three consequences and died even in one. She thought she had left that character behind.

“I had no intention of being another Halloween movie”, she says – but that’s exactly what she has done, reprising her role as Strode in the new Halloween. Curtis says what was convinced she would return was the approach taken by director David Gordon Green and scriptwriter Danny McBride: ignore the other seven follow-ups. Just focus on what happened to Laurie Strode since Michael Myers attacked her for the first time in 1978. “In this movie, 40 years later, we really find what happens when someone is suffering from a trauma when they are 17 years old and do not get to know you, Laurie Strode, I think, went back to school on November 1, 1978 with a bandage on her arm, has lost all her best friends and has survived this attack. “

Interview Highlights

] At Laurie’s Trauma

She left school on October 31, a dreamer, an intellectual, someone who would have gone to Brown and changed the world. And instead, she went back to school on November 1. And that’s what happens to trauma, it’s noticeable to you. People point and go, “Oh, it’s Laurie Strode, she’s the one who survived!” And it took away her virginity.

To the extent that she has lost everything – she ended in a few conditions that failed, she ended up with a child, the state came and took the child from her because she was an inability mother. Unfit because her only goal every day was to prepare her daughter for Michael Myers to come back.

On people who told Laurie to get over it

Everyone is trying to tell her to get over it. I think it was like deserting her ear since she was 17 years old. And in a strange way, you know, it’s all our ways to try to get rid of that person’s trauma. Nobody really wants to get into it. And it is much easier to give someone a pain reliever and say, “come over it”.

On her proximity to the character

This movie … it was a role – I had been on a TV series before I was there was one in six women with maybe two lines a week, each week – and Here was a script that was quite a character. A full character with a really emotional and dramatic arc. And so, she spoken, her name was on all parts of the script and I was happy about it. I’m a little smart, I have a trash-talk-mouth, I’m not an intellectual, I’m a big emotional hug-a-lot. And here was a role of a silent, intellectual, oppressed, virgin dreamer, who walked down the street and sang to herself … It was a romance for her. And so to me she was the best part I’ve ever been able to play.

Never thought she would be successful in acting despite her Hollywood pedigree

I never thought about it for a second. I was not so beautiful – I was cute. I had gray teeth from my mom who took tetracycline when I was in utero. I was not very talented, I could not sing and I could not make the music theater – I just showed up. My point is, here I am at the age of 60 and talk about a movie I’ve been involved in for 40 years. If something is about anything and that all my life experiences have been up to this moment, nothing is my point of happening … I’ve been around the world as highly focused people with astonishment at this moment .

I’ve worked hard, but I do not expect it – and that’s what a gift is when you’re not expecting something, and then you get it and you open it and go, “Wow thank you!” It’s incredible and that’s what I think David Gordon Green and Danny McBride gave me when they allowed me to go where we have to go with the movie Halloween to explain and honor Laurie Strode’s courage and endurance as represents all women who have become aggressive, all women who have had to fight back, all women who have survived, and it is a privilege and not something I easily understand

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