Jaime Lee Curtis, in his own confession, had a hell of a career, filled with all sorts of opportunities. “I am an actor. I write books for children. I create websites and podcasts. I’ve sold yogurt that makes you pop. I advertised Hertz with Oz Simpson, ”he says. “I’ve been able to do a lot and I’m very lucky to be able to do what I can, anyway.”
Still, Mutley-Hyphenate seems more surprised than anyone that he will receive the Golden Lion in September at the Venice International Film Festival for the lifetime installment in the Cur iconic franchise that began his career in 1978.
Congratulations in honor of Venice. How did you find out about it and what was your reaction?
Well, it was unexpected. And cool. I’m the wrong person to ask any of these questions because I’m trying to stay where I am when I’m there. I’m not someone who never expected this moment, so I’m trying not to over-analyze it. Because I could, in a very negative way. (Laughs)
You’ve done a lot of genres but you’ll always be associated with fear and I love that you get back into it. I think the genre is getting a lot more respect these days and its great “Halloween Kills” will be in Venice.
I agree with you. I think an Italian movie respects a collective class in a way that American cinema doesn’t. And that’s okay. But when I was acting in the first movie, they were called B Movie. The labeling was very clear: these are not high art. But you still show up and you work the same hours and the process is the same. And if you have any honesty, you go for it with the same level of commitment. And I’ve been doing this for a very long time. So it feels very good to get this compliment.
After so many years, why are people so fascinated by “Halloween” and Laurie Strode?
This is a multi-million dollar question. The question of a few million dollars. There is something that John Carpenter and Debra Hill spoke of pure evil and pure good. They entered a trap that people have been using from the beginning through opera, theater, books, movies. The idea of good and evil. When producer Irwin Yablans approached John and said, “This guy, Mostafa Akkad, is going to pay you $ 300,000 to make a babysitter slasher movie.” “I think you should set it up on Halloween night,” Irwin said. From there one, the idea of pure evil and the most universal representation of good, a virgin babysitter, a young girl with dreams of romance and goodness in her heart. The simplicity of that theme of evil and good coming together on Halloween night in 1978 in Hadenfield, Illinois is the reason it has been going on all these years. That theme never dies. It’s an ongoing theme that we all struggle with in every area of our lives every day.
What can you tell us about the new movie?
It all started when Jason Blum wrote a one-word email to David Gordon Green: “Halloween?” And David and Danny McBride held a trio. We saw in the 2018 movie that Lori has become a form of injury. It got married at a time when the MeToo movement was at its peak. Here you have a movie about a woman who has been injured for 40 years and she is getting up now. And it has clashed with what is happening worldwide. And what they did with the second part of the trinity was, “What will happen when the rest of the people in that city get angry?” We made the movie and the revolts that started to take place where people took to the streets – it’s all happening with the release of our movie. Which is about mob violence. So somehow they realized that the next wave of trauma is anger. They wrote a movie about mob violence and five months later, mobs began to gather. We were supposed to leave a year ago. And then. It happened in January – it was supposed to be released in October last year and now we see a crowd in the US capital. That’s what the next movie is: Haddonfield City, all the people in town who were also victims of Michael Myers. There is a group of people who are very angry with the authorities and are going to take the law into their own hands.