Sissy Spacek on why filming ‘Carrie’ shower scene ‘terrifying’

The enduring bathe scene in Stephen King’s 1976 horror “Carrie” was bloody “terrifying” for a shy Sissy Spacek.

In an interview with Unbiased, Spacek recalled how she made it through the nude scene the place her equally timid character, Carrie White, who unleashes telekinetic powers after being embarrassed at promenade, washes off within the faculty locker room and discovers she began her first interval.

“It was terrifying. I’m additionally very shy, and I’m an introvert,” Spacek, now 72, mentioned.

“I went to [director] Brian De Palma and mentioned: ‘Inform me about this scene, what’s it like?’ And he turns to me and he says: ‘It’s like getting hit by a Mack truck.’”

The official “Carrie” film poster.
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Coincidentally, Spacek’s husband, designer and artwork director Jack Fisk, had been hit by a truck, so the actress mentioned she went dwelling and requested him for pointers.

“So in that scene, what’s happening in my head is [Fisk] strolling alongside the aspect of the highway when he was about 11 or 12. It’s snowing, and he’s Christmas lights. After which he noticed automobile lights,” she mentioned.

“There was a automobile coming down the highway proper at him, and it ran him over. So, when Carrie’s within the bathe, I’m seeing these Christmas lights, after which the horror of the blood,” she advised the outlet, displaying an unsteady hand, identical to in “Carrie.”

“Ain’t it weird that one thing like that might work?”

Sissy Spacek covered in blood In "Carrie"
Sissy Spacek within the Brian De Palma horror traditional “Carrie” primarily based on the Stephen King novel.
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Carrie White (Spacek), is unexpectedly elected promenade queen in Brian De Palma’s horror movie “Carrie.”
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Spacek had a lot of non-traditional tips to get herself within the mindset of her outcasted highschool character. In a 1979 interview with Rolling Stone, she advised the magazine that she wore a raggedy sailor dress from her childhood for her audition. She didn’t brush her tooth and drenched her hair in Vaseline.

As soon as she landed the position, based on her 2012 memoir “My Extraordinary Strange Life,” Spacek mentioned she remoted herself from the remainder of the forged and adorned her dressing room with non secular iconography. She additionally studied Gustave Doré’s illustrated Bible and the “physique language of individuals being stoned for his or her sins.”

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