‘The Shining’: What Is Shelley Duvall’s Favorite Scene From the Iconic Horror Movie?

It’s no secret that Shelley Duvall had a rough time starring in The Shining. The actor had to deal with Stanley Kubrick‘s wrath, who was well-known for his perfections tendencies as a director. Yet as challenging as the film was to shoot, Duvall is very proud of the final product and is grateful to be remembered for such a classic movie.

Ever wonder what her favorite scene from The Shining is? Keep reading to find out!

Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, and Jack Nicholson in car on their way to resort in lobby card for the film 'The Shining', 1980
Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, and Jack Nicholson in car on their way to resort in lobby card for the film ‘The Shining’, 1980 | Warner Brothers/Getty Images

How did Shelley Duvall get the part of Wendy Torrance?

In an interview with comingsoon.net, Duvall discussed how she got the part of Wendy Torrance. While Stephen King pictured the character as a “blonde cheerleader-type,” Kubrick had a different vision for Wendy.

“They were after a tall actress with ‘common housewife looks,’ if I remember correctly!” said Duvall. “The script sat on my desk for around two weeks before I got a call from one of Stanley Kubrick’s people asking if I was interested. I read it one night and thought it was really good. Jack was already cast, so the chance to work with him was too good to pass up, and I really liked my character’s outline. I knew it would be a challenging role.”

And it turned out to be more than challenging. According to Duvall, it was the most challenging movie that she ever had to shoot.

What is Shelley Duvall’s favorite scene from ‘The Shining’?

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Duvall may have considered filming The Shining an “almost unbearable” process, but she is very pleased with how well the movie turned out. And when she was asked what her favorite scene from the film is, she said,

“One of my favorite shots is when Jack is looking at the model of the maze, and then you see Wendy and Danny walking in it, that was so amazing! What a clever little special effects crew we had! I love the scene where Jack is in the gold ballroom, and there’s a party going on, all the scenes with Jack & Lloyd!

But my favorite would have to be the scene with Jack typing away at his typewriter, and I come in and ‘distract’ him! Such a well-done shot. I love how there’s no music and how Wendy (and the viewers) have no idea what Jack is typing. So tense. The first time Jack told me to ‘Get the f*ck out of here,’ we both cracked up laughing!!! We thought it was funny. Mr.Kubrick did NOT!!!”

What are Shelley Duvall’s favorite horror movies?

Being the iconic scream queen that Duvall is, one might wonder what her favorite horror movies are. Duvall says, “I love Hitchcock’s Psycho and The Birds. Love Halloween, Rosemary’s Baby, The Fog…the list goes on.”

And according to the actor, she is not a fan of remakes… especially the remake of The Shining!

“I’m not a fan of the remakes,” she says. “Sometimes you just need to leave classic films alone! I did watch the TV mini-series of The Shining but couldn’t finish it. I believe it was closer to the book, but sad to say, it bored me a bit! I haven’t watched one of my own movies for a long time,” she says, “but being on Facebook and hearing how much people love me in them makes me feel very nostalgic, and I feel the need to watch my old flicks again because I was in them. I might as well watch them again!”