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San Diego Comic Con (one of my bucket list events) is upon us, bringing in pop culture’s big guns to talk up their high profile projects. Jamie Lee Curtis was in attendance to discuss her return to her breakthrough role, Laurie Strode in Halloween.
At a presentation at Universal’s Hall H presentation on Friday, a large crowd was in attendance to see an extended trailer for the new movie (also called Halloween) and hear from Jamie, director David Gordon Green and producers Jason Blum and Malek Akkad. During a Q&A, a fan shared a harrowing story from his youth. He recalled an incident when a man attempted to break into his family’s house, remembering thinking to himself, “What would Jamie Lee Curtis do?” before he ran out into the street, screaming for help.
He choked up while admitting, “To make a long story short, I’m here today because of the way that you portrayed Laurie Strode. I’m a victor and not a victim.” And he confessed, “You’re the only reason I came to Comic-Con this year.” Jamie went into the crown and hugged the man, telling panel moderator Yvette Nicole Brown that “These kind of emotions are real.”
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— The Con Guy (@TheConGuyDotCom) July 20, 2018
The new Halloween, opening on October 19, forgets about the many sequels that followed the 1978 original (and Halloween 3: Season of the Witch, which had nothing to do with killer Michael Myers). The film centers on Jamie’s character, suffering from PTSD and living off the grid, in a house equipped with a mini-arsenal. Jamie said that Laurie now “lives in complete isolation, waiting for [Michael Myers] to come back because she knows he’s going to.”
The 59-year-old actress, who in the past has been vocal about the #MeToo movement, drew parallels between the new movie and the Time’s Up and Me Too era, because is giving the chance for her character to “take back her narrative.” She noted,
“Laurie Strode was 17 years old when she was brutally attacked by Michael Myers, a random act of violence that stayed with her [for] her entire life. She was raised in the Midwest, I’m sure they sent her back to school two days later. And yet, she has carried the trauma and PTSD of someone who was attacked randomly….There comes a point where you say, I am not my trauma, the narrative of my life is not that I am a victim. And this is a woman who has been waiting 40 years to face the person who she knows is coming back, to say, ‘I am going to take back the legacy of my life, I am going to take back my narrative, and you don’t own me anymore.’ And that, weirdly enough, seems to be a bit of a thing in the world today.”
I’ve been a fan of Jamie forever, and I think she’s an awesome lady. She was the original “scream queen” and the only reason to watch the Ryan Murphy series of the same name. I’m looking forward to seeing this new Halloween – and am I the only one who liked Halloween: H20?