Linda Blair rose to prominence for her portrayal of Regan MacNeil in ‘The Exorcist‘. The actress also received a Golden Globe Award, establishing her as the screen queen after reprising her role in ‘Exorcist II: The Heretic’ and ‘Exorcist: Believer’. Debuting only at the age of 13 in William Friedkin’s ‘The Exorcist’ in 1973, Blair then sat out the three following sequels and prequels, returning in 2023 for a cameo in David Gordon Green’s ‘The Exorcist: Believer.’
Last year, William Friedkin’s ‘Exorcist’ completed 50 years. To date, the film has set a benchmark for the horror genre which was the first from the category to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars and won Best Adapted Screenplay. Now, Blair has spoken about reprising her character on one condition.
What Will Make Linda Blair Will Return To ‘The Exorcist’ Franchise?
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Linda Blair expressed her excitement about returning to the big screen to play Regan MacNeil once again. But this comes with strings attached. Blair noted that she would only return to play Regan once more under one condition. She said, “If the audience wants me to come back, they need to help me to change the plight of the animals right now. I’m hoping the public will understand. I want to go back and work, but I won’t leave my animal friends.” Blair wants her fans to help in her mission of saving animals.
Other than her enchanting performance on screen, Blair is a prominent activist for the animal rights movement. In 2004, she founded the Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation, a nonprofit organization that serves to rehabilitate and adopt rescue animals.
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Linda Blair Says ‘The Exorcist’ Is Not A Horror Movie
William Friedkin’s ‘The Exorcist’ is the tale of a desperate single mother whose 12-year-old daughter is demonically possessed. The film triggered a heavy debate based on religious themes. Fifty years later, Linda Blair says that it was not a horror film, despite the film setting a benchmark for the horror genre.
The actress said to Business Insider that she is proud to be a part of the project. Blair added, “I am proud to be part of it. It is something that I know has rocked the world in many different ways. I’ve explained it’s a theological thriller. It’s not a horror film.”
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