Jamie Lee Curtis Is Honored, Reflects On Career Highlight

The Queen of Scream has once again received royal recognition and, through it all, she had Halloween on her mind. Naturally.

The Venice International Film Festival this weekend bestowed its Lifetime Achievement Award on Jamie Lee Curtis, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and the iconic face of the Halloween franchise had no problem coming up with the moment that best defined a career that spans five incredible decades.

Of course, that moment revolved around the horror film series where her big-screen legend began. Specifically, Curtis thought back to her final scene in 2018’s Halloween.

That moment in time, Curtis said, was when her Laurie Strode character “is sitting alone in a pickup truck, watching Michael Myers headed to a supermax prison. And she is seeing this person who has caused her 40 years of trauma being taken away.”

The truck, she said, had “14 cameras around it and cranes and lights and a crew. I was preparing for this moment where Laurie replays the 40 years since this first occurred.”

Curtis then explained that she always asks everyone to wear a name tag on the set of a new project “because everybody knows my name, but often I don’t know anyone else’s.” So, when she approached this final shoot, “the entire crew was standing in silent solidarity with their hands behind their backs.”

And, Curtis said, “everyone was wearing a name tag–and the tag said, ‘We are Laurie Strode’. What they were saying was, ‘We are with you, Jamie, in this moment. And we know there’s nothing we can do to help you as you do this moment of work alone in a pickup truck. We believe in you–because we are you.’ I gotta tell you, that may be the high point of my career.”

Of course, as all horror fans know, Curtis’ career is far from over. She will reprise her Laurie Strode role in Halloween Kills–which lands in theaters Oct. 15–and then (almost unbelievably) will wrap up the long-running franchise with Halloween Ends–scheduled for an Oct. 14, 2022 theatrical release.

Keep reading Horror News Network for all updates on the Halloween franchise–and on the storied career of Jamie Lee Curtis.

 

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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