JAMIE LEE CUR­TIS

The Queen Of Scream. The Dame Of Distress. The Baronet­ess of Bad. The Count­ess Of Run­ning Around And Be­ing Chased By Michael My­ers.

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You know what?” says Jamie Lee Cur­tis, “I scare eas­ily. It’s not my gig. I don’t like it. But it’s the truth.” Given this, there’s glo­ri­ous irony in the fact that Cur­tis, who be­gan her ca­reer as the scream queen in John Car­pen­ter’s orig­i­nal Hal­loween, The Fog, and a cou­ple of in­fe­rior slash­ers, keeps com­ing back to this genre. And, in par­tic­u­lar, this se­ries. She last played Michael My­ers’ neme­sis, Lau­rie Strode, in 2002’s Hal­loween: Res­ur­rec­tion, where she was un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously bumped off. But as her pres­ence in David Gor­don Green’s Hal­loween shows, you can’t keep a good sur­vivor down... You must have thought Lau­rie was dead and buried.

[Laughs] I don’t think any­one’s ever dead and buried in a Hal­loween movie. I cer­tainly didn’t en­ter­tain, ever, that I would re­visit Lau­rie Strode in any way. I had a phone call with David and he started to, in his very sweet, South­ern, nerdy, geeky, funny way, try to ex­plain his love of the orig­i­nal movie. I said, “David, hon­estly, you don’t have to pitch it. Send me the script.” I read it very quickly. I called him im­me­di­ately and said, “Ab­so­lutely.”

What ap­pealed to you? I’m go­ing to be 60 this year. I was 19 years old on the first one. That’s crazy. For me, there is some­thing in­cred­i­bly pow­er­ful about telling a story about trauma and what trauma re­ally does to a hu­man be­ing. You have now a lon­gi­tu­di­nal study

of trauma in the case of Lau­rie Strode. Here is a girl who was 17 years old when this oc­curred, in her se­nior year of high school. The woman we meet now is a trauma vic­tim, who is com­mit­ted to the only un­der­stand­ing that she knows — which is he’s com­ing back.

As far as she’s con­cerned, Michael My­ers is the boogey­man. I don’t know if Danny [Mcbride] and David went into the writ­ing with this in­ten­tion, and cer­tainly the #Metoo move­ment had not taken root yet. But re­ally what hap­pens in this movie is you have a woman who is trau­ma­tised and has lost her pur­chase in the uni­verse. You have a woman who is go­ing to take it back, say­ing, “You no longer write my nar­ra­tive. I do.” Did any­thing sur­prise you this time around? It was emo­tional. I was re­ally quite raw, to be per­fectly hon­est. When I make a movie, I in­sist that the crew wear name tags for the first three or four days so I can know their names. And on my last night on the movie, when I walked onto the set, the en­tire crew had name tags on that said, “We are Lau­rie Strode.” And what they were say­ing is that they were with me. Her trauma was their trauma. I cry as I am telling you this story. It moved me so deeply. It was a mo­ment I will never for­get in my life. It was pow­er­ful.

Was there a time in your life when you didn’t feel so gen­er­ously to­wards Lau­rie? Of course. Look, Hal­loween was my first movie. Not much hap­pened af­ter that. I didn’t get any work. John Car­pen­ter wrote the part in The Fog for me be­cause he didn’t un­der­stand how I wasn’t get­ting any work. Then I got a lit­tle bit of work. Maybe three other movies. Then we made Hal­loween II, and the minute I did that movie I knew that if I didn’t sep­a­rate, I would never be able to. Within weeks, I did a movie [Death Of A Cen­ter­fold: The Dorothy Strat­ten Story] where I played Dorothy Strat­ten, the [Play­boy] Playmate who was killed by her hus­band, and then within six months of that I was cast in Trad­ing Places. I’ve had a very full and lovely and very cre­ative life that I might not have had had I de­cided to con­tinue to do hor­ror movies.

Was John Car­pen­ter’s in­volve­ment in this new film im­por­tant to you? Of course. Af­ter he saw the movie, he left me the kind of mes­sage you long to get. In that South­ern gentle­man way: “Hey dar­lin’, it’s John. I wanted to tell you that you’re sen­sa­tional in the movie.” That’s who John Car­pen­ter is. Gen­er­ous, lov­ing, weird, sweet.

He’s go­ing on tour with his band. He’s go­ing to be do­ing his film scores [in LA] on Oc­to­ber 31.

You should come on as a spe­cial guest. Here’s the rub. I go to bed re­ally early. I don’t get it. Why don’t rock con­certs of­fer mat­inées? Why is it re­quired that they go on at ten at night? Why? Why?

It’s rock and roll. Fuck rock and roll! What about peo­ple who go to bed early? CHRIS HE­WITT

Here and be­low: Jamie Lee Cur­tis re­turns as Lau­rie Strode, to once again take on arch­neme­sis Michael My­ers (Nick Cas­tle).

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