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Producers of ‘The Exorcist’ Wanted Jamie Lee Curtis to Audition for the Role of Regan MacNeil

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In 1973, Linda Blair became a lifelong horror icon thanks to The Exorcist, and Jamie Lee Curtis became one just five years later thanks to Halloween. But did you know that Curtis, a teenager at the time, could have made her horror debut in the role Blair made famous?!

Speaking with EW, Curtis just relayed the story, which we had never heard before.

When I was 13 years old, [a producer] called my mother (Psycho star Janet Leigh) and said, ‘Will you let Jamie audition for a movie?’” Curtis told the site. “My mother said, ‘No.’ The movie was The Exorcist.”

She continued, adding another facet to her relationship with The Exorcist, “We had a house that actually had a screening capability and we screened The Exorcist for my fifteenth birthday, for my friends. It scared me so badly that my friends would taunt me in school.”

UPDATE: Interesting to note, director William Friedkin says this is untrue. Hmm…

Writer in the horror community since 2008. Owns Eli Roth's prop corpse from Piranha 3D. Has three awesome cats. Still plays with toys.


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