CT HorrorFest 2021 Panel: ‘Halloween’ and Michael Myers with James Jude Courtney and Chris Durand

by Sean McLaughlin

At CT HorrorFest 2021 on September 18th, HorrorFest staff member Mike Simonetta hosted the Michael Myers panel featuring James Jude Courtney and Chris Durand.  Both men have portrayed the iconic killer under the creepy mask for various incarnations of the Halloween franchise, and had many interesting tidbits to share with the capacity crowd of horror fans.  Courtney and Durand provided anecdotes on being cast as Michael Myers and how it has affected their careers, where each has grasped the inspiration for the role, and, most notably, how it feels to kill somebody on the big screen.

Chris Durand portrayed Myers for the 1998 sequel Halloween H20: 20 Years Later opposite Jamie Lee Curtis and Josh Hartnett.  Durand also acted or performed stunts in over 100 films, including Scream 2, Armageddon and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

James Jude Courtney is a Hollywood veteran with nearly four decades of experience in the business.  For horror fans, Courtney is most notable for playing the current Michael Myers in 2018’s Halloween.  He will also don the mask for the upcoming sequels Halloween Kills (2021) and Halloween Ends (2022.)

Enjoy the full panel and audience Q&A video below!

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