JAMIE LEE CURTIS: LAURIE’S LAST STAND

Were you ever offered “Halloween III” or “Halloween IV,” back in the old days? ^ Yes, I was offered “Halloween III” as a matter of fact, shortly after “Halloween II” came out, but I found the new story weird and I felt that by doing “Halloween II,” I’d paid my debt to John Carpenter and Debra Hill. It was time to move on. It wasn’t time to do another Halloween movie back then. Twenty years later, that was the time. “Halloween III” had no connection to Laurie or Michael so I didn’t feel like I was obligated to do it.

It’s interesting that you were only nineteen when you made Halloween and it’s almost been twenty five years since that film came out? ^ I’ve been alive longer since Halloween than I was when I made the film, if that makes sense. It’s a part of my life that I’ll never escape from. It’s the best film I’ve ever made which is why I always talk about the film in interviews and stuff. You’re lucky as an actor if you can touch the audience in a way that they know you for a character. To a lot of fans I’m Laurie from Halloween.” “True Lies” would probably be the other film for which I’m really well known for.

You kind of promised that Halloween: H20 would be the end for you. Why are you back for Halloween: Resurrection? ^ Halloween: H20 was such a success and I had it in my contract that I could appear in another one so I was happy to do it. Originally, I was only going to be in this one for thirty seconds but they had something longer in mind, so I just went with it. I spent four days on the set. I felt that I wanted to do justice to the fans and the series and if they needed me here in Vancouver four days to end my character, then I was going to do it. It’s a beautiful city too, but it rains a lot.

A lot of people were surprised when director Rick Rosenthal was given the Halloween: Resurrection assignment after the clash he had with John Carpenter on “Halloween II”. ^ I think “Halloween II” was a film that John wasn’t crazy about making. There was nothing special about it like with Halloween which was such a great film. I was rushed on “Halloween II” because I’d been doing another film. That’s why my hair in “Halloween II” looks bad. Rick was a very young director back then as I recall. I think he’d done educational videos before “Halloween II” and then John came in to reshoot scenes that he felt hadn’t been done very well. I wasn’t in “Halloween II” that much, so I don’t know what happened. John shoots a movie faster than anyone I’ve ever seen and he had a team that knew all of their roles. In “Halloween II” there was a new lineup. Everything was bigger on “Halloween II.” There was more of everything.

Do you ever think about how Laurie’s life might’ve been different had Michael Myers never escaped from Smith’s Grove sanitarium all those years ago? ^ Yes, I think she’s suffered a lot over the years. I think with Halloween: H20 we really tried to deal with her coming to grips with the whole Halloween history. I think she obviously wishes that her friends from Halloween were still alive and all of that, but at the same time it helped her to grow up. She’s not a shy girl anymore. Now she’s dead. Michael took away Laurie’s innocence.

Get the rest of the interview in part three of JAMIE LEE CURTIS: LAURIE’S LAST STAND>>>




Posted on July 11, 2002 in Interviews by
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