Hold the phone…
A couple days ago we (along with every other horror site on the Internet) reported that, despite reports that Nick Castle was reprising the role of Michael Myers in Blumhouse’s Halloween, it appears this is true in technicality alone. See, Castle has a couple cameos where he essentially passes the torch to the real Michael Myers, stuntman/actor James Jude Courtney.
Here’s a recap:
The revelations came in an interview Courtney gave with Halloween Daily News. Here are some excerpts.
Courtney: “David [Gordon Green] was 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?’,” Courtney relayed to the site. “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.’ We met with foreign journalists on the set, and Nick was so super gracious and just saying, ‘Look, I’ve come in to do a cameo. Jim is our Michael Myers now.’“
“Through the filming, I’m in every scene. I was there almost every day, long days, (and it was an) extremely physical role. I started reading this thing about my being his stunt double. I mean, Nick is 5’10, 170lbs, and I’m 6’3, 210lbs, so… (laughs) I think that’d be really difficult to pull off.”
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Maybe I was in shock, or maybe it just took some time to set in, but it started to feel like a bait-and-switch. The reunion of Castle and Jamie Lee Curtis promised a return to the roots of what made the iconic villain truly terrifying. But the fact that James is so much bigger than the OG Myers, it seems they director David Gordon Green is beefing the character up. Wasn’t that the same mistake Rob Zombie made in 2007? Just sayin’.
So who exactly is James Jude Courtney? Check out the video below from Mr. H for a rundown.
Per IMDB: James Jude Courtney is known for his work on Far and Away (1992), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996) and The Hit List (1993).