Halloween franchise icon Jamie Lee Curtis’ fondness for onscreen mayhem dates back even further than you might imagine. While accepting the Vanguard Award during CinemaCon 2019’s Big Screen Achievement Awards on Thursday evening, the actress recalled one particularly formative viewing of the 1968 musical Oliver!, which she attended in the company of her mother, fellow horror legend Janet Leigh (Psycho).
“My mother took me to see Oliver!,” Curtis recalled. “I remember sitting in the movie with my mother, Janet Leigh, and I remember when Shani Wallis [who played Nancy] gets killed by Bill Sykes — doesn’t he pound her on the head with a stick, or something? Big piece of wood? And all I remember is my mother covered my eyes, and I remember I was like clawing at her hand, because I could see Shani Wallis’ legs twitching, and I just thought that was the coolest thing. And then look at the rest of my career!”
Curtis was at CinemaCon to promote director Rian Johnson’s murder mystery Knives Out (out Nov. 27), in which she stars with Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, and Lakeith Stanfield, among others.
Watch a clip of Curtis’ speech above.
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