News New ‘Halloween’ Michael Myers Actor James Jude Courtney Talks Nick Castle Passing the Torch Published 10 months ago on March 28, 2018 By Nick Bond Share Tweet We are all very excited to see the legendary Nick Castle don the iconic mask and overalls again in director David Gordon Green’s new Halloween film this October, but he’s not the only one who will be playing the part. In a recent interview with the folks over at HalloweenDailyNews, actor James Jude Courtney talks wearing the mask for the first time, Castle on passing the torch, and much, much more. Courtney on Nick Castle on passing the torch: “David 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 all to meet the guy, but secondly to work with him. How good does that get?’” “So we started work, and I can’t remember if it was the second or third week that Nick came in and did kind of a cameo. He did a couple of scenes, and I’m in the scenes with him, which is really beautiful. He and I were hoping that would happen, because he even said, ‘This is the passing of the torch.’” Courtney describes putting on the mask for the first time: “So David, Danny, Jeff (Fradley), Mike (Simmonds), Rawn (Hutchinson), and myself, we all walked off to a room to the side where nobody could see it, and Chris pulled out the mask, and he said, ‘Okay Jim, let’s put it on and see what it feels like.’ So I walk over and he puts it on me and fastens it in for me, and I was like, ‘Whoa.’ David goes, ‘What does it feel like, Jim?’ I said, (lowers voice to a near-whisper) ‘It’s perfect for killing.’ It was perfect.” “And all the sudden, this thing happened to me inside. I had already created the energy, I already knew the space, but man that was like afterburns, dude – And the love, it’s more than just the beauty of the art that Christopher created when he did the mask, it’s all that knowledge he put into it, and somehow he imbued all the history, the 40 years of history and all the work that all the people have done, and all the fans’ expectations and love. I felt all of that. I will never forget the first time I put that mask on.” “When I put it on, everybody was just like, ‘Whoa.’ That’s all they could do was just make some kind of guttural response. There was no ‘Hey that’s pretty good looking.’ There was none of that. David and everybody was just like ‘Whoa.’” Read the full interview right now at the HalloweenDailyNews website. British actress Rhian Rees (Confession of a Child of the Century, Rehearsal, The Lears) recently joined the cast as Dana, Toby Huss (Ghostbusters, Martyrs, Bad Milo) has been cast as Ray, Turkish actor Haluk Bilginer (Forget About Nick, Trendy, The Ottoman Lieutenant) will play Sartain, Diva Tyler (Killing Winston Jones, Slice 3, The Last Exorcism Part II) is playing a caretaker. Will Patton “Shots Fired” has been cast to play a police officer. Rob Niter will play a Warren County Sheriff’s Department officer. Ginny Gardner “Runaways”, Miles Robbins (My Friend Dahmer), Dylan Arnold (When We Rise), Drew Scheid (“Stranger Things”), have all joined the cast playing school friends of Matichak’s character, Andi Allyson. Christopher Nelson heads the special fx, along with Emmy Award nominee Vincent Van Dyke, who worked with Halloween icon Jamie Lee Curtis on the TV show Scream Queens. The film’s FX makeup coordinator is Bright‘s Stephanie A. Ford. Synopsis: “Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.” Nick Castle will once again return to play Michael Myers, Jamie Lee Curtis is returning to reprise her iconic role as Laurie Strode, Judy Greer will play Karen, the daughter of Laurie, Andi Matichak is playing Allyson, Greer’s daughter and Curtis’ granddaughter. John Carpenter will executive produce with Malek Akkad producing for Trancas and horror specialist Jason Blum producing for Blumhouse. Gordon Green and McBride will also executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner. Halloween will stalk theaters on October 19th, 2018. 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