The upcoming sequel to John Carpenter's original Halloween features the return of Nick Castle, the performer who portrayed the masked Michael Myers for a majority of the film. Now that Castle is in his 70s, actor James Jude Courtney was also recruited for the film, due to the actor describing Myers as having a much more physical role than featured in previous films.
"[Director] David [Gordon Green] was also really sensitive and generous when he said, ‘We’re inviting Nick Castle to come back to do a little work. Do you have a problem with that, because you’re the Michael Myers now?’ And I was like, ‘Oh my God. Are you kidding? What an honor it would be, first of
Castle helped define the physicality of the character in the original film, which Courtney attempted to recreate in the upcoming sequel.
"David called me actually prior to rehearsal, and we talked about the character and we talked about movement," Courtney shared. "He said, ‘Look, I really see a certain – yes, The Shape moves a certain way and Nick Castle was the one that created that iconic sort of presence, but – I have this idea that there’s a certain cat-like quality to the efficiency and movement.’ I said, ‘Well oddly enough, David, I have a cat in my lap right now.’"
Luckily, Courtney was able to have a reference available to him, studying his own pet to inspire his physicality.
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Fans will see Courtney and Castle as Michael Myers when the upcoming Halloween sequel hits theaters on October 19.
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[H/T Halloween Daily News]