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Tyler Mane on Halloween

Published August 29, 2007 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Dimension.
Halloween Poster Halloween
Only a few actors get famous playing franchise monsters. Of course Robert Englund is the only Freddy, and Kane Hodder is known for several Jasons. Tyler Mane was well known enough before taking on Michael Myers in the Halloween remake and he took it as an acting challenge.

Mane Feeling Villainous

"The hardest acting you can do is physical acting without dialogue," said Mane. "Anybody can say dialogue, you can read your questions, you can do whatever you want to do. You can portray your emotions and your feelings. With this, I had body movement and just my eyes. I didn't even have like Boris Karloff with Frankenstein where he had facial movements. This was all just eyes and my body movement to portray Michael Myers and to get across more than the one dimensional character that was in the past eight, or actually there were only seven of them, he wasn't in the third."

Mane studied the script to figure out where he would drop those physical acting ticks. "Of course, Michael Myers has his certain little things, like his head tilts and things that he does. I just wanted to take it to the next level and add some different things. So the times when I was with Laurie Strode, I would tilt my head a different way to give it a different kind of feel to it. As to who I would be tilting it for killing someone so to speak."

Though it is not his first villain, it his Mane's most purely vicious. He took the role seriously. "This is the first time I played a psycho killer so the research you do and the whole thought process is totally different than preparing for a comic book character or a period piece like Troy. Everything is a little different. You just want to bring something a little different and hopefully give the people a little something more than they've seen in the last eight."

Then there is that mask. Many have worn it before, but Mane made it his own. "It felt rubbery. Smelt rubbery too. The very first time you put on that mask, you look at the history of Halloween and the character of Michael Myers. It's kind of surreal to see that new mask, how it was taken to the next level. Then when you put it on the very first time, knowing that you're expected to take it to the next level as the character. It was fantastic. But then you get past that real quick and you start smelling rubber. Then they hand you a knife and you're all good."

Halloween opens to theatres on August 31st.

For the trailer, stills and more movie info, go to the Halloween Movie Page.

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