Michael Myers, otherwise known as “The Shape,” is the stoic antagonist in the Halloween slasher film franchise. The character has appeared in ten different versions based on the original 1978 John Carpenter film. In 2018, director David Gordon Green decided to resurrect the series. Jamie Lee Curtis reprised the role of Laurie Strode.
The original actor who played Michael Myers didn’t reprise his role though. This time, Myers is played by actor and stuntman James Jude Courtney, and you won’t believe what he looks like behind the blood-chilling mask.
James Jude Courtney Tried to Avoid Jamie Lee Curtis On Set
Understandably, Courtney and Curtis didn’t pal around very much while on set. Courtney and Curtis’ characters aren’t exactly friendly, so in order to make their emotions as genuine as possible, they generally avoided each other while on set.
Courtney claims that he made the conscious decision to avoid Curtis during filming as she was already “standoffish” towards him. She didn’t want to develop a friendly relationship that might end up impacting their performance onscreen. He claims, “They let me know that when she gets in in the morning, and she gets the wig on, she’s in character, and she’s in character all day long.”