Returning Myers Nick Castle Discusses New Halloween
The Shape himself talks reprising his role in a recent interview
By Chris Morse
Filming on the new Halloween has wrapped and original/returning Michael Myers actor Nick Castle made some time to answer questions for the guys over at Halloween Daily News. The interview took place at the Mad Monster Party in Charlotte, NC and The Shape himself discussed what it was like on set reprising his iconic role in this rebooted sequel. On whether he believed he'd ever put the mask on again, Castle commented:
Well, absolutely not. No. I didn’t even know this was a movie until probably five months ago or something like that, so not really. I’m not doing any movies in general, but since I do this kind of work [at conventions], it was interesting to keep abreast of what the franchise is up to. And I was very curious to see what Danny McBride’s position would be in this, because I do really love him as a comic voice.
As you know from previous reports, Danny McBride turned a few heads when he signed on to this project as one of the co-writers, mostly due to his background in comedy. Most of us remain optimistic this new take on the franchise wlil honor the original film and Castle seems to share that sentiment. On what he thinks about director David Gordon Green, he added:
Oh yeah, he’s a great young filmmaker, and prolific for his age, you know. He’s done a lot of work. [Green] told me when he got this offered to him, he didn’t know what to make of it to begin with, but then he went, "How can I turn this down? But now that I’m saying I’m going to do it, I really have to make sure I do it right."
On how the atmosphere of the new film matches up to the original:
Yes. And it’s very neighborhood-centric, you know, like the first one. It feels a lot like [the first film]. There are a lot of things coinciding [in the new film] that feel like clever ways to introduce a kind of déjà vu of the first one, without feeling like it’s being copied. The script had some very clever people working on it.
It sounds like our minds should be at ease about any doubts in the writing quality of the new film with those comments. When asked if there is a parallel between revisiting a beloved franchise like Star Wars and the work on this new Halloween, Castle went on to dive into some serious detail discussing the love and care that went into this:
Yeah, I think you’re right. These anniversaries, too, tend to drive some of these productions, and you’ve got to watch out for that, that it’s not just a marketing ploy. Especially for this movie, that has such a loving fan base, you first and foremost want to honor that, as a fellow filmmaker, and you certainly don’t want to thumb your nose at it, because that’s just going to come back and bite you in the ass.
They were very clear on wanting to find the tone that was in the first one. It was the first thing out of their mouths really: "We want to do it like John did it."
They had a lot of practical challenges making it 40 years later, in terms of where people were, what they’re doing, the kind of assumption of the interim period, and I think a lot of that went towards deciding when to start the film, in a way disregarding the subsequent sequels. It’s a difficult thing they’re trying to do. It is difficult. When you’re given a project that has within it certain limitations of what went on before, you have to follow a trail through that, it can get very – it can plod along and it can be just about plot.
What I like about this [new film] is they’ve got some really good young actors. They fleshed out their roles. They fleshed out the relationship of Jamie’s character with her daughter and her granddaughter, so you’ve got that whole generational thing going.
And they made some choices that I think are really bold choices about who these people are and why they are the way they are now. So I’m really looking forward it. I have high hopes. Like I said in the panel, you never know until you put it all together and put it out there and have a few people look at it.
It's been 40 years since the original film, but the cast is finding a lot of similarities in the productions. Here's what Castle had to say when asked about the biggest differences being on the set of Halloween once again, so many years later:
When you say that question, what comes to mind is the opposite of that. This was a remark that Jamie had and I had at the same time almost, we were going, "God, this feels so much like the first movie. It’s like everyone is in a family here." [They are] young people – they’re not quite as young as we were when we did that, but pretty close – and they all worked together from film school, they have connections [with each other] and it feels like they have a very cohesive group. They’re also doing it on a shoestring budget, for Hollywood standards, and that has its own challenges and rewards in a way.
The most important question of all, in our view, is "are fans going to be happy?" We'll let The Shape's opinion speak for itself.
We also think the film is in good hands. Everything we've heard from the cast and seen on set has made us very optimistic about how this film is going to reenergize the franchise. If you haven't already, mark your calendars for October 19th, 2018, when Halloween returns to its roots.
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