‘Halloween’: Jake Gyllenhaal Helped Convince Jamie Lee Curtis to Bring Laurie Strode Back

IndieWire | 6/12/2018 | Staff
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Jamie Lee Curtis is taking on the role of Laurie Strode for a fifth time on the big screen in David Gordon Green’s upcoming “Halloween” sequel, but she might not have taken the gig had it not been for Jake Gyllenhaal. In an interview with Variety, Curits revealed Green personally sent Gyllenhaal on a mission to track her down while she was vacationing in the mountains with her husband, Christopher Guest. Gyllenhaal’s mission was to convince Curtis to hear the director’s pitch for a new “Halloween” film. Gyllenhaal is Curtis’ “unofficial godson.”

The reason Gyllenhaal could vouch for Green is because the actor had just worked with the director on the Boston Marathon bombing drama “Stronger.” Gyllenhaal starred opposite Tatiana Maslany in the movie, which earned Green some of the best reviews of his career and put Gyllenhaal in the Oscar race for best actor. Gyllenhaal missed out on landing a nomination, but he helped convince Curtis to talk to Green by telling her his time working with Green on “Stronger” was the “greatest experience of his professional career.”

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Gyllenhaal’s enthusiastic endorsement of Green resulted in Curtis giving the filmmaker a call. The two ended up hitting it off immediately, and Curtis told Variety she agreed to return to the role of Strode after she realized how similar Green was to original “Halloween” director John Carpenter.

“They’re both laid back and don’t take themselves too seriously,” Curtis said.

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The new “Halloween” serves as a direct sequel to Carpenter’s 1978 original, meaning it ignores the nine sequels made afterward. Strode is now a grandmother who has been training her whole life for another showdown with Michael Myers. After the psychopath escapes from a mental asylum and goes on a...
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