‘Halloween Kills’ Star Jamie Lee Curtis Would Never Do This Remake for 1 ‘Physically Painful’ Reason
Jamie Lee Curtis is the original Scream Queen of horror movies. Most recently, Curtis reprised her iconic role as Laurie Strode in Halloween Kills. Curtis has appeared in several Halloween franchise films throughout her career, which make for some of the scariest sets in the industry. Ironically, Curtis refuses to ever take part in the remake of The Night of the Iguana, a dramatic romance film, if her agents ever pitch it to her. One of Curtis’ fears is a huge reason why she would never partake.
What is ‘The Night of the Iguana’ about?
Based on the 1961 play by Tennessee Williams, John Huston directed The Night of the Iguana film in 1964. Starring Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr, Sue Lyon, Grayson Hall, and Cyril Delevanti, the movie follows a defrocked Episcopal clergyman, Lawrence (Burton), who leads a group of middle-aged Baptist women on a tour of the Mexican coast.
Along the way, he tries to come to terms with the failure that haunts his life, but he struggles to avoid his attraction to Charlotte (Lyon), one of the group’s members and the niece of the group’s leader, Judith (Hall). Throughout a single night, Charlotte spirals out of control in this tale of desire and sex.
Jamie Lee Curtis is ‘scared’ of night shoots
“I go to bed at 6:30,” she tells the outlet. “So for me, night shooting is physically painful.”
Generally speaking, Curtis says her agents know better than to pitch projects that have the word “night” in the title. “Don’t even bring it to me,” she says. “Even if they’re remaking The Night of the Iguana, I’m like, ‘F*** it. Pass!'”
‘Halloween’ actor Jamie Lee Curtis has several other fears
Night shoots aren’t the only thing that scares the Halloween Kills actor. “I’m brave, but I am afraid of scary things,” she tells Entertainment Weekly. There’s a lot of irony in this, especially considering her legendary parents, Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis.
When Curtis was 15-years-old, she remembers her parents screening The Exorcist. “My friends teased me the next day because I was so freaked out,” Curtis explains. “I loathe being scared by scary movies. I scare so easily.” But that’s part of what makes her so good at starring in them.
The HBO Max series Mare of Easttown falls in the same vein of “scary things” for Curtis. “I watched Mare of Easttown and my head was under the pillow,” she adds. “My husband [Christopher Guest] will attest that any time the music starts, I immediately have my hands up in front of my eyes or I’ve covered my ears.”
Rage is another thing that terrifies the Hollywood icon. “Unbridled, unrestrained, out-of-your mind rage that yields mob mentality and mob rule…scares me,” the actor says, citing the rage presented in Halloween Kills.
“David Gordon Green and Danny McBride made [Halloween Kills] about a mob of angry people who don’t trust the government, police, [or] the authorities to get the job done,” Curtis explains. She compares the film’s narrative with the events at the United States Capitol in January 2021. “These people were coming to kill people. That’s what the movie’s about.”
See Halloween Kills in theaters or stream it on Peacock.