See that Exorcist: The Beginning banner ad that has been randomly appearing at the top of our website? We love it, but the ghoul who appears in that image doesn’t. Linda Blair, star of the 1973 film The Exorcist, claims she was unaware her image would be used in television ads for Warner Bros. upcoming prequel, and doesn’t want people thinking she’s in it. Read on for the story…
Linda Blair is trying to turn some (financial) heads around at WB. Footage of her from the 1973 “Exorcist” is being used in trailers for “Exorcist: The Beginning,” bowing this week.
Blair and her manager Brian Holt claim WB will only pay her $93×3 (that’s the $93 daily rate from that time, multiplied by three, per SAG rules). “I am astounded and mortified,” Blair told me, with Holt confirming conversations with WB and with SAG re the amount of the payment. Blair is now talking to attorneys. She says, “I was shocked to see my image and hear my voice and I’m certain the public thinks I’m in it. I want to work and it’s hard to get past this image.”
She recently worked in a comedy, “Hitters” with Clint Thomas, but admits, “I don’t work enough.” So she devotes her energies to the non-profit World Heart Foundation, for animal and human welfare … I spoke to Guy McElwaine, president of Morgan Creek, which made “The Exorcist: The Beginning” and he allows of the use of Blair in the trailers: “I’m sorry she’s upset; I like Linda. The clip is a ‘heritage’ use — paying respect.” Morgan Creek only finished the film last week and is readying 3,100 prints to bow Friday (with a preem tomorrow, Wednesday). Morgan Creek starts its three-pic pact with Universal Sept. 9 with “Two for the Money,” starring Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey and Renee Russo.
After covering horror for the past few years and after reading numerous interviews, Linda Blair has made it publicly known that she feel her role as Regan in ‘The Exorcist’ is a curse to her career. She has done everything in her power to get past this image and she feels that this will only serve as a reminder, which is what Warner Bros. and Morgan Creek want. It’s too bad for both parties, this is the stuff real life nightmares are made of (damn blood sucking lawyers).