Word came down late last night that the crucial role of Michael Myers has been cast in the upcoming remake/reboot of John Carpenter’s Halloween! The film is currently in the works at Blumhouse with David Gordon Green directing and Danny McBride co-writing the script. The next actor to don the fish-belly white mask will be: Michael Cera.
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If you’re thinking the thin, clumsy actor is a strange choice for the hulking Myers, you’re not alone. But McBride discussed the unusual selection in an interview he gave to Entertainment Weekly:
“Michael Myers grew into a hulk, but in Carpenter’s original, he was just an ordinary guy under the mask. That’s part of what made him so terrifying: Underneath that emotionless mask and sadistic behavior, he’s just a twerp, a nerd, someone you wouldn’t think twice about if you passed him on the street.”
When pressed, McBride admits to other motivations:
“After we killed him off in Act 1 of This Is The End, Michael got really depressed. He didn’t like the way the film made him look like such a douche and never gave him a chance to redeem himself. I said, ‘Fine, dude, you can have whatever part you want in our next film.’ Of course, we thought it would be a comedy.”
For his part, Cera (best known for playing a bumbling teenage virgin in Superbad) is ecstatic. “I can’t wait to put that mask on and slash the fuck out of people! It’s a dream come true! Not so much being in a horror movie, but getting the chance to play with knives and simulate killing people! It’s gonna be so cool!”
John Carpenter could not be reached for comment on the subject—because it’s not true!