Jesse C. Boyd is an actor who has appeared in numerous Hollywood productions. Netflix’s Mindhunter, the Nicholas Sparks film, The Choice, Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, The Walking Dead and CW’s The Originals are just a few of his credits.
He has even worked with Justin Timberlake in Apple’s TV’s Palmer.
His most recent release is Halloween Ends, where he co-stars as Officer Mulaney.
Halloween is one of Boyd’s favorite holidays and he would describe himself as a die-hard horror film fan.
The reception of the final movie in the iconic Michael franchise has been mixed.
Boyd says he isn’t shocked by the split response from horror film fans, “because it’s the last one. And so anytime you watch a season finale, you have a series it’s been on for years, like for instance, what was it Lost? People were either upset or loved it. There’s an expectation level that people build for themselves of what they want for a finale. But there’s different perspectives everywhere from everybody. I think people just, expect a lot. And I think it did step outside of the box, you know what I mean? It was different. And I think that in the horror world can be sometimes, people just want the straight down the line,” said Boyd. “I thought it was very different, which I thought was really cool, and it to me was an homage to Halloween III: Season of the Witch, which is like one of my favorites and also very divisive. So like, people either are really into it or not, but I thought it was really different. It was really unique. I thought it was edgy and interesting, and so I loved it.”
The Los Angeles-based actor said he auditioned for the Halloween Ends role during the pandemic when much of the entertainment industry was casting roles through self-tape submissions. Actors film themselves reading the character’s lines and then submit the video to casting directors virtually.
“I auditioned for the part which was very, very secretive. The title was not Halloween Ends so I had no idea that I was auditioning for Halloween Ends. And as a huge horror fan, when I figured it out, it was really exciting. But I didn’t know,” recalled Boyd. “So my first audition I was reading for this cop role and then I think I had one call back, maybe two, but at some point during the Zoom callback with the director, David Gordon Green, I had already realized that I was like, this is Halloween Ends. And as a huge horror fan, I was so excited. So, he told me, ‘I don’t know if you know, but this is for the final Halloween.’ And I was like, ‘I was hoping.’ And then yeah you just, you find out you get the part and start getting ready to start shooting.”
Boyd said filming Halloween Ends took place on location in Savannah, Georgia.
“Which is a beautiful place. It’s also quite small, small, little city, beautiful. And so you have a lot more room to go out and play and experience things, you know what I mean, in the filmmaking world. So it was just a really nice, really nice project to work on. The director, David, is amazing. The cast was amazing,” expressed Boyd. “I think for me, just knowing I’m going to be a part of such an iconic franchise every day I was just so excited to go into work, you know? And also I didn’t have the full script. A lot of it was redacted. So I had no idea what was going to be happening in the end, you know, those parts that were gone. So for me, like, I’m a fan too. I’m like, what’s going to happen when this is done?”
Halloween Ends premiered in theaters and for streaming on PeacockTV on Oct. 14.
You can also catch the film when it screens at the Admiral Twin Drive-In this weekend for the final shows of the season.
There has been online chatter amongst horror film fans that there could actually be more Halloween films produced in the future.
Boyd says, “I don’t think so, but I mean, you never know.”
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