The original actor behind the Michael Myers mask in John Carpenter's Halloween has revealed the most difficult scene he had to film in 1978. With very little acting experience, Nick Castle portrayed "The Shape" back in 1978 and is reprising the role once again this year for David Gordon Green's Halloween.
The story of Michael Myers began in the fictional town of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween night in 1963, when Michael murdered his older sister Judith. While the sequels could never live up to Carpenter's original horror masterpiece, many filmmakers have tried. Michael has been featured in ten Halloween movies, including Rob Zombie's two films and the upcoming sequel. Even though the basic appearance of Michael has remained the same, including his iconic white mask and kitchen knife, the character has developed a lot over the last 40 years. The series has been able to do a lot with the character by continuing to muddy the timelines of the movies. Over the course of the franchise, Michael has been shot, stabbed, electrocuted, set on fire, and crushed, yet the character never seems to die. While the character has seemingly gone through a world of pain, it appears as though Castle did as well.
When talking to Vanity Fair about his work on the original film, Castle recalled the most difficult scene he had to film 40 years ago. Castle revealed that his most difficult scene was when Michael escapes from the mental hospital and jumps over a car. The actor explained that since he was acting in his underwear and a hospital gown, the sprinklers they used to simulate rain were painful. Castle elaborates by saying, "The hospital’s sprinkler system was more like a fire hose. The water arced into the air, and when it came down on me, it felt like icicles hitting me on the back". Castle went on to explain that shooting the scene was not only one of the most difficult scenes to film, but one of the most painful.
Horror fans are anticipating the upcoming Halloween sequel for a few different reasons. First of all, Halloween will be a direct sequel to Carpenter's first film, retconning the rest of the series. This means that Jamie Lee Curtis can return as Laurie Strode by simply ignoring the alternate timelines where her character dies. While Castle is returning for a few scenes in the next film, James Jude Courtney will play The Shape for the majority of the movie.
Making horror movies clearly isn't an easy feat to accomplish and Castle has made it quite clear in his interview. Even though Castle won't be heavily featured as Michael in Halloween, fans of the original will appreciate him coming back even if it is only for a few scenes. With the return of Curtis, Castle, and Carpenter (who composed the score), horror fans will not only get to enjoy a new take on Halloween this October, but will likely get a blast of nostalgia as well.
Source: Vanity Fair
- Halloween (2018) release date: Oct 19, 2018