The part of Laurrie (last girl) in Halloween film (1978)
John Carpenter proposed to young actress Anne Lockhart but she didn’t like the proposed film project and she refused the part. The second option of John Carpenter was Jamie Lee Curtis (known to audience from the TV series - Operation Petticoat). Jamie Lee Curtis is daughter of legendary actress Janet Leigh, who performed the part of Marrion Crane in Psycho film. Curtis was slighty concerned about being cast as a quiet - character but finally she accepted the role in Halloween film. It’s important to highlight the fact that after Halloween, Curtis became the most recognisable scream queen of the initial slasher wave, performing parts in Terror Train (Roger Spottiswoode, 1980) and Prom Night (Richard Franklin, 1981) - then because of fear to be typcast, she turned to comedy films. After, twenty years, she approached Miramax with a film idea of Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (Steve Miner, 1998) and she also participated in Halloween: Resurrection (Rick Rosenthall, 2002).
The part of Sam Loomis (the psychiatrist) in Halloween film
For the Character of Sam Loomis, John Carpenter wanted a name actor, an already established actor familiar to audience and to fans of horror movies. John Carpenter proposed the Brittish actors Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, unfortunately for him, both British actors rejected the propose. The producer of Halloween Yablans, suggested Donald Pleasence. Initially Donald Pleasence was not interested about Halloween project. Donald Pleasence’s daughter, a fan of previous John Carpenter’s film Assault on Precinct 13, encourage him to accept the offer. Pleasence accepted a flat free payment and rejected the percentage offer, he didn’t believe in the commercial success of Halloween film Project.
Donald Pleasence was a recognized and famous actor before Halloween especially he was familiar to audience as an actor performing sinister character in films like “The Caretaker”, “The Flesh and the Fields” (1959), “Circus of Horrors” (1960), “Dr. Grippen ” (1962) and in Roman Polanski’s Cul-de-sac (1966), “You only live twice” (1967) and the “Death Line” (1973).
The performance of Donald Pleasence in Halloween film was one of the best in his career. Donald Pleasence participated and in other Halloween sequel films. John Carpenter also cast Donald Pleasence in other film projects as “Escape from New York” and “Prince of Darkness”.
Michael Myers - The masked villain of Halloween film
Michael MyersMichael Mayers is known also as the shape and was played by Nick Castle and also friend of John Carpenter. According to his interviews on magazines Nick Castle said that he was paid only $ 25 a day and John Carpenter wanted from him not to act at all, beyond film director orders and advices Castle has added a number of his own touches and movements, most of them are head tilts.
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