During a special panel honoring 45 years of the actor and Halloween on Saturday, Jaime Lee Curtis hinted at the end of her role as Laurie Strode. She did this while celebrating her more than four decades of playing the character.
Drew Barrymore, who was in Scream and is now a TV host, was in charge of the hour-long look back at Curtis’s career. They talked about her early years in one of her first major movie roles, her return in H20, and her last three movies with director David Gordon Green.
The panel started with the crowd cheering for Curti. When she was asked how she felt about the end of her Halloween run, she started crying almost right away. She said, “You know, endings are a b*tch, but so is Laurie Strode,” and then she started to cry. Okay, I’m done, but I’m going to miss you so much.
Everything good in my life started when John Carpenter and Debra Hill cast me as Laurie Strode in that dirty little office on Cahuenga Boulevard in Hollywood. It was about the size of these two chairs. “I didn’t know it then, but I know it now: one of these days, hopefully not tomorrow, but I’m 64 — do the math, it’s not in my favor — sooner or later it’s going to say three words: Halloween actress dies,” Curtis said later. “My point is that it’s written in my life for good. No matter what I do, Laurie Strode will always be because of you. “
Curtis talked about why she decided to come back for Halloween H20 (and why she was only in about 10 minutes of Halloween: Resurrection), why Laurie is such a memorable character (and why she was a challenge for Curtis in her early career), what Halloween Ends has in store, and what director David Gordon Green has added.
Curtis said that hope is a big part of the movie’s message in the last chapter, saying, “If we don’t have hope, we’re so screwed.” She also said that Ends is the first time she thinks she has seen Strode really smile.
Curtis said that Halloween Ends takes place four years after the last movie and shows Strode getting the kind of mental health help she probably didn’t get after what happened in the first Halloween and every movie after that. Finally, Laurie Strode got the help she’s always needed. “Now that Karen died in the opera at the end of Kills, Laurie Strode is getting help for her grief,” she said. “Laurie Strode has not been able to get over her grief, but she has learned to live with it. It doesn’t take over her life. It lets her stay alive. And maybe you think for a second that Laurie Strode might be okay. “
“Laurie Strode smiles for a moment, and then the ceiling falls on her, and the rest of the drama starts,” she says. But there is a moment, so I do think this movie has a little hope.
As for working with Green again, Curtis said that he not only kept the franchise going and made 2018’s Halloween a big hit at the box office, but he also made the social metaphors in the movie go beyond the slasher kills.
“David Gordon Green has some foresight and some understanding of society,” the actress said. “He knows what we do to each other and how we feel as a group of people in a community.” ” What David Gordon Green has done is like slipping three little Trojan horses into each of these movies. There’s a lot more going on in these movies than just Michael Myers. And Laurie Strode. They have to do with who we are.
In his remarks, Curtis used the stories of uprisings and women taking back their power in Halloween and Halloween Kills as examples of how Green’s take on the Halloween movies is relevant and important in the midst of the #MeToo movement.
“David Gordon Green sent me a script where he said, ‘I think Laurie’s been living behind barbed wire for 40 years, emotionally, physically, and spiritually, and that’s her only purpose in life,'” Curtis said of Halloween, adding that it was a movie about Laurie and her trauma. “It was a beautiful movie about a woman taking charge of her life, and it came out at the same time that women all over the world stood up, took charge of their lives, and said, “Me too.” The time is up.
Curtis said that the main plot of Halloween Kills, which is about the town rising up against Michael Myers, is similar to different uprisings around the country, like the racial justice protests after George Floyd’s death and the Jan. 6 uprising.
“It’s about a gang revolt. It’s about a group of people telling police and their own community that the system is broken. It doesn’t work. We’re going to get the power back, and this was said at the same time as a lot of civil uprisings around the country. ” It was mostly about the killing of George Floyd, but it happened all over the country. People started to stand up at the same time that a movie came out and the Jan. 6 uprising We then showed the movie.
Curtis said, “I’m so proud of them. They’re a mix of slasher and message, and that’s why they’re so successful. I’m pleased with him. I’m proud of our crew, the people who wrote it, and the fact that people wanted it. You don’t want to just see Michael walking around like this, do you? You want there to be something worth talking about. The reason these movies do well is because they are honest.
Curtis also talked about what Laurie Strode gave her as a teen actress during the first part of the panel. It was a great chance for her as an actress, especially since she was very different from Strode.
“So when I was 19, I was not like Laurie Strode. Laurie Strode was a part that Laurie played. As Curtis said, “I was a little snarky and a little promiscuous.” “She didn’t look like me. She didn’t dress like me. She didn’t think like me. I just barely finished high school. She was kind of like the top student in her class. There was a real chance for me to be an actor, which I had never had before. “
Curtis said that playing Strode’s vulnerability was a challenge because it showed how weak Strode was. Curtis remembered that all John said to him was, “I want her to be weak.” “For some reason, I thought that meant weak.”
Curtis’s opinion changed when he saw a showing of the movie in Hollywood and saw a woman stand up and yell at Strode not to go into a house where Michael Myers was. The actress said that was the moment when the whole theater “released” into a scary horror movie experience.
“In that instant, I thought, ‘Oh, that’s what he meant. “He wanted her to be weak so that you would care about her and not want her to get hurt,” Curtis said. “And for 44 years, you guys haven’t wanted me to get hurt.”