Josh Hartnett on not doing Halloween remake; ‘I’m pretty much always looking forward’


I heart Josh Hartnett so much, I giggle and blush when I read his name. You know what I just found out? Josh and his girlfriend, Tamsin Egerton, just had their second baby last August. Josh and Tamsin have a two-year-old daughter but they’ve never released her name. And now they have a two-month-old baby and they haven’t released the name or sex. Congratulations! The good news is that since Josh made his triumphant return in Penny Dreadful (Ethan 4EVA!) he has a bunch of things in production. One movie we won’t be seeing him in is the Halloween sequel with Jamie Lee Curtis. Josh’s first role was as her character Laurie Strode’s son in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later. Now that we are coming up on the 40-year anniversary, Jamie Lee is coming back but Josh isn’t. According to Josh, it’s because he’d rather look forward than back.

Back in the summer of 1998, a fresh-faced, gap-toothed Josh Hartnett hit the scene in “Halloween H20: 20 Years Later.” The 20-year-old was unknown at the time, but was set to become the new “it” guy of his generation. 

Now that news of another “Halloween” remake has surfaced, many fans were wondering if the actor would be back to reprise his role as Laurie Strode’s son, John, since Jamie Lee Curtis herself would be returning for the upcoming film, due out in October of next year. 
Well, Hartnett has never been big on sequels, and clearly isn’t about to embrace nostalgia now. 

“I’m pretty much always looking forward. That’s not something I would be looking to be a part of, but it’s not that I didn’t have a great time,” Hartnett told HuffPost when asked if he’d ever consider appearing in the reboot.  

“I had a great time working with Jamie and I think she’s fantastic, but the whole thing about self-determination is something that’s really important to me,” the actor continued, alluding to his decision to take a break at the height of his fame in the early 2000s. “I think if you’re on autopilot in your life, by definition you’re not actively making decisions, so therefore probably really not actively involved in your life as you could be. I like to be as awake as possible, and so I just … that whole just going along for the ride, being grateful that you are a movie actor and allowing people to push you down the path of doing all the things that are expected of you, doesn’t seem as active to me as I’d like it to be. I like to sort of do my own thing, and have done. I’m proud of that, I guess.”

[From Huffington Post]

Ah, bless him. I understand if you need to read his answer more than once. I’ve read it about five times and I’m still not quite sure what he’s saying. I do appreciate that wants to make clear that he loved the movie and loved Jamie but that he just likes to look forward. I don’t know what he means when he’s talking about self-determination, though. Is he’s saying doing a sequel is like resting on your laurels? He didn’t specifically say that he was asked to do the sequel. Judy Greer is currently in talks to play Laurie’s daughter, Karen Strode. Prior to Josh playing her son, Laurie had another daughter named Jamie Lloyd. So, I appreciate his philosophy on reflection but I think a shorter answer might have been “no, they didn’t offer.”

As for his break from Hollywood at the height of his fame – he’s discussed this before. When Josh came back on the scene for Penny Dreadful *fangirls* he gave a few interviews in discussing his choice to turn down many high-profile roles; most notably Superman, Spiderman and Christopher Nolan’s Batman. Fame became such an albatross around his neck that he fled home to Minnesota to hide. But in reality, he only ever took a year and a half break. If you check his IMDb, he has worked steadily since he broke on the scene in 1998. He just ‘hid’ in a bunch projects nobody watched. I mean, I get what he’s saying, that’s it’s important to maintain control of your fame and life and that sometimes that means turning down huge opportunities but I really think he needs to change his narrative from “a break from Hollywood” to “a break from mainstream.” He could still make the same argument with that.

But he also needs to change his opinion about going back because if Penny Dreadful ever comes back, I need him to say yes. Ah heck, I’m always going to follow Josh into whatever project he “hides” in next.

Oh – baby pics! And a diamond band on Tamsin’s finger?
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  1. Vovicia says:

    MSP is my old haunt – which I still visit and I always hope I shall come across him. I fell SO hard for him in Penny Dreadful.
    Surely he must have got some really decent offers after that? Damn boy – I know you got to control your fame but we still want to SEE you. He would have been wonderful in Westworld. I totally could see him in that.

    • Jen says:

      I hate to tell you this, but my sister lives there and has met him-he’s not a great guy.

      • Gutterflower says:

        Ya I’ve read while filming Penny he was a douche & cheated a lot on his gf.

      • V4Real says:

        IDC I still heart him.

        But damn, come on with the Halloween movies. Do the entire family come back from the dead like Michael Meyers. I’m pretty sure they all died. And Paul Rudd has Jamie’s baby. Is Paul character coming back too?

        But maybe Josh took a break because he was embarrassed by that 911 call. Do you remember that?

      • Ash says:

        Basically, they are erasing parts 3-Resurrection. So in this universe, H20 never happened. It’s telling Laurie’s story 40+ years after the events of H2. I am a huge Halloween nerd. I am skeptical but optimistic.

  2. Lotusgoat says:

    I need to rewatch Lucky Number Slevin now. Damn he’s adorable.

  3. Mia4s says:

    That’s a good point about it being a mainstream break not really a Hollywood break. Part of the problem too is I doubt very much his agents/people were very happy with him. Then as today, unless you’re making them huge money somewhere else, a young actor does not get to say no to superheroes, or Star Wars or whatever, without really irritating their agency. He’s made a living though, so good for him.

  4. kimbers says:

    beautiful family! I wish them the best!!

  5. Originaltessa says:

    I forgot he was alive… Seriously.

  6. Casi says:

    So everyone has a pet kooky conspiracy theory right? Something they ardently believe but everyone else is like, nah.

    I believe that Josh Hartnett is Suri’s biological father. He and Katie Holmes dated for a little bit after she and Chris Klein broke up but before she and Tom Cruise took up and I think. She either knew she was or found out pretty quickly and someone at the CoS looked at photos of all three of them and said, we can make this work, and no artificial insemination needed! Then they wrote him a FAT check–enough to disappear from the promotional circuit for a few years, which he didn’t like doing anyway, so he’s agreeable to it. Fudge the timeline a little bit, hide Suri for a few months, and voila, Tom and Katie are soooo in love and this beautiful baby is “theirs.” That’s why Tom Cruise didn’t fight for custody of and doesn’t give a shit about Suri now. He knows there’s no Cruise or CoS-donor DNA in that little girl.

    Which I always thought sucked because I like Josh Hartnett as an actor. I am glad he’s doing more high profile work.

  7. Juls says:

    I love that he has holes in his sweater. That is all.

  8. mayamae says:

    I fell in love with him in 30 Days of Night, but he was perfection in Penny Dreadful.

    I will never forgive Showtime for that dreadful, and unannounced ending! Seriously, no announcement at all. Just The End after you know who killed you know who. Absolute rubbish. And John Clare all alone again.

  9. Carlo says:

    …Wants to lead a normal Life and not be harassed at the grocery store. That’s it. It might seem incomprehensible that everyone is not a fame h* but he could probably see that eating out and being stared at whilst chewing was irritating. Translation. (Not a Narcissist). …..Just wants to work, make a few bucks and live on the down low (But he can’t really say that to media/agents).