“Don’t go back to trailers. Trailers are not your friend,” said Curtis, whose words to live by earned him more screen time in 2019’s “Knives Out.”
Jamie Lee Curtis may be everywhere at once these days, but only in one place no it’s in the trailer. The Oscar nominee revealed that he prefers to stay on set as long as possible in hopes of maximizing his screen time.
“Here’s the deal,” Curtis said at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (via Insider). “This is my secret sauce.” Don’t go back to previews. Trailers are not your friend.”
Curtis added: “Jonathan Wang, our ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ producer, will tell you that I never left the set. I don’t believe in it.”
The legendary “Halloween” star added that he expanded his role in the 2019 scripted “Knives Out” after hanging around the production longer than he should have. Writer-director Rian Johnson added Curtis’ character to the scenes at the last minute, as he was available.
“He once called me the MVP of Knives Out and when asked why, he said, ‘Because he was always on set. He never left the set,” Curtis said. “He ended up using it on shots he didn’t want to use because I was on set.”
Curtis previously spoke about having a “very rough time” during the production of “Knives Out” as he was “quite isolated” and living alone in a hotel in Massachusetts. “I’m not in most of the movie. I was alone for a long time and it was a very difficult time,” Curtis shared. “I really felt like I was a tiny, tiny, delicious, tiny piece of the puzzle.”
Curtis has now joked that she stands out among her fellow Oscar nominees for reasons other than best supporting actress aside from her set practices: “I’m the only Oscar nominee who’s ever sold yogurt, which sucks,” Curtis joked. his infamous Activia commercials.
He’s also one of the few actors who have made it clear that they don’t want to join the MCU any time soon.
“I’m afraid if I do a Marvel movie, they’re going to put points on me and make me act alone in a warehouse somewhere,” Curtis said, referring to the solitude of “I’ll Take You Out.” “But I’m a collaborative artist. I work with a lot of people, on a lot of things, and if the role was interesting and if I could bring what I do, then of course (I would work with Marvel). What am I going to do, say no? Naturally!”
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