Jamie Lee Curtis, Halloween terror for four decades

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(AFP) – We can be the most legendary of horror actresses and shake like a leaf: Jamie Lee Curtis, icon since 40 years of horror cinema, revealed its secrets before the release of “Halloween Kills”, the last part of the franchise that made her famous.

Revealed by the first of the twelve films in the “Halloween” series, “Halloween: the night of the masks”, a great classic of horror produced four decades ago by the master of genre John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis is back for this new opus, in theaters Wednesday in France.

Gray hair cut short, discreet smile and sporty figure, the actress of 62 years old is the daughter of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, who dies onscreen in one of the most chilling scenes of the history of cinema, in the shower of “Psychosis”, by Alfred Hitchcock.

Jamie Lee Curtis, she is forever associated with the character of Laurie Strode, a babysitter from the small town of Haddonfield who will be the only one to survive an uncontrollable white-masked killer, Michael Myers.

A role that’s like a second nature, explained the “scream queen” at the Venice Mosta, which awarded her a Golden Lion of honor and where her film was presented in September: “I believe that what makes my success in this genre for all these years, it is that I am easily and naturally terrified “.

” I am easily afraid. I hate these movies, hate them, I can’t stand being scared, “she said. But” if you’re looking for pictures of me as a kid, I always look terrified. In all the photos, it looks like someone yelled at me. “

” I think he’s a natural talent. This dread that you see on the screen is very real, genuine “,” there is no psychological preparation “, she continued.

– “We take hits” –

A fear reinforced during the shooting by the fact that despite the buckets of hemoglobin spilled, in “Halloween”, the director has little use of digital effects: “They are real people, in real places, doing super creepy stuff. “

If she could get noticed in a few other roles, including” A Fish Named Wanda “(1988), or “Knives Out”, the movie hit of the year 2019, Jamie Lee Curtis admits having also done “shits” in her career.

But Laurie Strode, whom she played six times on the screen, remains her most iconic role, which grew old with her.

After all this time, “whether you call me Laurie or Jamie, it’s the same thing. And the most exciting when you have the same role for 43 years, (…) is that we have evolved “. “It’s the beauty of humanity, we change. We all take hits, but we move forward. We can all refer to Laurie, my character. Everyone faces their demons “.

The series was relaunched in 2018, with a very small budget (10 millions of dollars) and great success (more than 250 million dollars at the box office) by David Gordon Green. “Halloween Kills” is the second installment in what is now to be a trilogy.

We find there the mad killer, always so uncontrollable, while the scenario wants to refer to populism and mass movements, with its inhabitants who no longer trust the police and start to want to do justice themselves .

“We see communities all over the world getting angry with the machine, with the system,” noted the actress, assuring that the film was sort of “premonitory”.

A third installment, “Halloween Ends”, is about to be shot.

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