Ellen Burstyn explains why she finally returned to The Exorcist

Ellen Burstyn has described the reason why she finally decided to return to The Exorcist franchise. And yes, it’s about money. But no, it is in no way a selfish reason.

In an interview with The Hollywood ReporterEllen Burstyn, who played actress Chris McNeil in the The Exorcistmother of head-spinning, pea-soup-spewing Regan, discussed why she’ll be reprising her role for the sequel.

“I have turned down many versions of The Exorcist 2. I have said no every time. This time they offered me a whole lot of money and I still said no. And then they surprised me and they came back and said, ‘We doubled the offer.’ I said, ‘OK, let me think about this.'”

After considering maybe “the devil asks my price”, Burstyn backed off. Still, she decided to take the paycheck—not for herself, but rather for students involved in the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University.

“The next thought that came to mind was, ‘My prize is a scholarship program for talented students in our graduate program at Pace University. That’s my prize.’ So I went back and got them and ended up getting what I wanted. And I got a scholarship program for young actors.”

Ellen Burstyn has reportedly shot most of her scenes The Exorcist successor.

In addition to his film roles, Burstyn is a member of Lee Strasberg’s famous Actors Studio from the 1960s. She has been co-chairman for over 20 years.

The latest Exorcist episode will start a planned trilogy, with the first film set for a 2023 release, the 50th anniversary of the first film. David Gordon Green, if Halloween trilogy ends in October, directs. Other things contributor announced so far include Ann Dowd and Leslie Odom Jr.

Are you looking forward to seeing Ellen Burstyn return to The Exorcist? Do you trust David Gordon Green with the material?

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