Jamie Lee Curtis on Saying Farewell to Laurie Strode in “Halloween Ends”: “She’s My Legacy”


When Jamie Lee Curtis walked the black carpet outside the TCL Chinese Theatre on Tuesday night for the world premiere of “Halloween Ends,” she was less than 24 hours away from a hand and footprint ceremony on Wednesday morning, which would cement her place in Hollywood history even more than it already was.

Curtis told Variety, “I’m thrilled and honored” about being carved in stone outside the theater. “My family, friends, coworkers, collaborators, and the artists’ community will all be there with me. I’m an artist, so this is my work. I never thought I would be an actor. I wanted to be a cop. So it means a lot to me that I get to be an actor and do such beautiful work.

The back-to-back events marked the end of an emotional world tour for the “scream queen” as she says goodbye to Laurie Strode, a character she has played for 44 years, since John Carpenter’s original “Halloween” in 1978. In the last few weeks, she has been thinking about the character’s legacy and what she has meant to viewers.

“Everyone knows that Laurie Strode was the first “final girl” because she never gave up, always kept going no matter what. “I can’t believe that’s what I’m leaving behind,” Curtis said. “I don’t think I’ve given up, and I’ve kept trying, but not as hard as Laurie Strode.”

She went on: “What I’ve learned from her is a lot more than what she’s learned from me. Because when I die, I will carry on her legacy. Now, I have my children, who are my life, and that’s very important.

But in the movies, she is my legacy, and I couldn’t be prouder of any other legacy, unless it was Mother Teresa or Nelson Mandela or someone like that. But as a movie character, there’s no one I’d rather be than Laurie Strode.”

“Halloween Ends” comes out Oct. 14 in theaters and on Peacock.

Curtis’s co-stars, such as Andi Matichak, Kyle Richards, Rohan Campbell, James Jude Courtney, Omar Dorsey, Joanne Baron, and Michael Barbieri, as well as the film’s director, David Gordon Green, were at the premiere with her. They all talked about Curtis’s influence.

Matichak said, “It’s been very strange.” “Getting to go on Jamie Lee’s last ride and watch her take her last steps as Laurie Strode and walk with her as she takes the most elegant bow I think you could for a character… With how much depth she gives this, she does her so much justice in this movie.”

Courtney has played “The Shape,” aka Michael Myers, opposite Curtis’ Strode in the reboot trilogy. He talked about what it was like to film their final showdown for this movie. “It was strong, dark, violent, erotic, and an insane release of pain and suffering, an incredible release,” he teased.

About Curtis herself, he gave the description that has become his go-to: “She’s a poster child for a strong woman. And a person who is strong gives others strength, and she has given strength to an entire lineage, a whole group of people.

After starring in 1978’s “Halloween” and becoming close friends with Curtis in the years that followed (which led to Curtis making a couple of special guest appearances on this season’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”), Richards saw Curtis change in the role firsthand.

“In other movies, you’d see Freddy Krueger or Jason, but you didn’t really know who you were up against,” Richards said. People care so much about Laurie and Michael because of what Jamie Lee Curtis did with them and what she brought to these movies and Laurie. She’s just such a nice person, and I think everyone knows it. You just want to be with her and see her all the time.”

Inside the theater, Green surprised Curtis by showing a video tribute from a group of horror actors and fellow “final girls,” including Toni Collette (“Hereditary,” “The Sixth Sense,” and Curtis’ co-star in “Knives Out”), Naomi Watts (“The Ring” franchise), Heather Langenkamp (“Nightmare on Elm Street”), Abigail Breslin (“Scream Queens”), Katie Cassidy (“A Nightmare on Elm Street

“I don’t think I know anyone on set who is more dedicated, passionate, and kind of alive. You inspire me,” Collette said. “From one scary woman to the next. You are the most scary person in the world. Watts added, “I’m so glad that you get to celebrate tonight and that everyone else does, too.”

The clip ended with a montage of Curtis as Strode over the years, and then the words “Thank You Jamie” appeared on the screen. As Curtis walked down the stairs to the front of the theater, the crowd erupted in applause and gave the icon a standing ovation.

Curtis said, “I can’t believe I’m standing here,” as a member of the crowd said, “I can’t believe it.” “We love you!” Curtis said, “I’m glad to hear that. “Thank you so much,” she said through tears.

“I can’t believe that the only thing people will remember about me long after I’m gone is that I never gave up. And I think that’s the most important message we can all share at all times, in all parts of our lives. Never give up. Never give up. Never give up. Never give up. Let’s go see this movie already!”

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