Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis opens up on emotional career highlight

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Photo credit: Albert L. Ortega - Getty Images

Scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis has opened up on a moving moment on the set of Halloween, released in 2018.

In the film directed by David Gordon Green, the actress reprised the role of final girl Laurie Strode. Curtis originally played the character in the first film of the slasher saga, 1978's Halloween, which also marked the star's acting debut.

In the latest instalment of the Michael Myers franchise, Curtis' Laurie has a cathartic scene once the killer is transferred to a maximum security prison (but not for long).

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Photo credit: Universal

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"When I was making the 2018 Halloween, the last scene of the movie that I had to shoot was a moment where Laurie Strode is sitting alone in a pickup truck, watching Michael Myers head to a supermax prison where he will spend the rest of his life," Curtis said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

"And she is seeing this person who has caused her 40 years of trauma being taken away. And the scene was just me alone in a truck. When we went to shoot it, it's just my little truck with about 14 cameras around it and cranes and lights and a crew. I was in my trailer preparing for my work, which was going to be emotional, cathartic. It was described as a moment where Laurie sort of replays the 40 years since this first occurred," she continued.

The actress still remembers that moment fondly, with the experience of it enhanced by a touching gesture from the whole crew.

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Photo credit: @jamieleecurtis - Twitter

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"I'm someone who likes name tags because everybody knows my name, but often I don't know anyone else's. And so, whenever I start any project, I ask for everybody to wear a name tag," Curtis explained.

"And this was now the end of the movie. This is me shooting my last scene before I was going to fly home to be back with my family. And when I approached the set, the entire crew were standing in silent solidarity with their hands behind their backs. And everyone was wearing a name tag. And the name 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."

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