The Emotional Reason One 'Halloween' Fan Got A Hug From Jamie Lee Curtis At Comic-Con

"I'm a victor today instead of a victim."

In an emotional moment at San Diego Comic-Con, actress Jamie Lee Curtis heard from a fan of her 1978 horror movie Halloween who says her portrayal of the heroine Laurie Strode saved his life. During a Q&A at Universal's Hall H panel on Friday, a man identified by People as Joseph Scott shared his story of surviving a home invasion.


According to Variety, the incident occurred when a man cut his phone line and tried to break into his home. "I was scared out of my mind, and out of nowhere this thought inside of me went, 'What would Jamie Lee Curtis do?'" Scott recalled in a video from the panel which was shared on Twitter.

"Our dog, Duchess, bit up these knitting needles, and so I grabbed them out of the trash and I saw the guy with the knife on one side of the house," he continued. "I ran out, ran down to the neighbors, started screaming like you did in the movie."

"I'm here today because of the way that you portrayed Laurie Strode," Scott told the actress. "I'm a victor today instead of a victim." He added that Curtis is "the only reason I came to Comic-Con this year," before breaking down in tears.

The panel's moderator, actress Yvette Nicole Brown, encouraged Scott to approach the stage. Curtis embraced him and kissed him on the cheek as the audience cheered. The pair then posed for a picture together. Scott's story is a demonstration of how pop culture can inspire and influence people in amazing ways.

During the panel, Curtis discussed the upcoming sequel to the original film, out October 19, in which she will reprise her iconic role. According to Variety, the actress said Strode will "take back her narrative," implying a connection with the #MeToo movement.

Cover image: Kathy Hutchins /


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