Jamie Lee Curtis has made some iconic appearances on film since starring in John Carpenter's Halloween way back in 1978, and it's not surprising given her parents were both icons of cinema in their own right. Speaking recently on People's People in the 90s podcast, the 62 year old revealed something new about one of her 90s movies, True Lies.
For those who don't remember, True Lies was a James Cameron blockbuster which was released in 1994 and starred Jamie Lee Curtis alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton and Art Malik, as well as being the big screen debut of Eliza Dushku. The movie follows US government agent Harry Tasker, played by Schwarzenegger, who is hiding from his family the fact that he works as a spy. While the chore of keeping his work and family life apart.
During the course of the movie, there is one scene that stands out to fans of Curtis more than any other - her famous striptease, which is performed for a mystery figure who turns out to be her husband Harry. It seems though that while the majority of the movie is tightly scripted and rehearsed, the striptease scene was not quite so polished.
Speaking on the podcast, Curtis recalled, "The thing that nobody knows: There was no rehearsal, there is no choreographer. Jim [James Cameron] said to me, 'What do you want to dance to?'" to which she told him John Hiatt's "Alone in the Dark." She went on to say that she danced in the scene the same way she does when she is at home alone. She continued, "We were doing it over and over and over, and it got quieter and quieter."
Additionally, Curtis said that moment she slips is still the "single biggest laugh" she has ever received in one of her movies. She said, "It's because Jim knew that the dance was too sexy; it was too real. It started to actually be good, and he knew he needed to break the spell of what the husband had put his wife through. I think we did two takes where I let go of the pole. It's all Jim, to his great credit, it's all him. He knew, it's a comedy."
True Lies was a hit for Cameron, and played to his action movie strengths as a director. It took over $378 million worldwide on the back of a $100 million budget. A sequel was planned for the movie in 1997, but with Cameron working on Titanic at the time, it did not progress until the beginning of 2001. A script was completed, and the main cast were expected to return, but following the September 11 attack it was decided that the subject of terrorism couldn't be dealt with in the same way as they had in the original movie. The project was discussed as late as 2005, but since then both Cameron and Curtis have reiterated that there are no plans to go ahead and make a sequel. However, we will always have the original, and if you haven't seen it already, do yourself a favor and hunt it out.