NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans' own Jibrail Nantambu is a little kid on the big screen. The 9-year-old star shines in the box office hit “Halloween.”
“It was my first job," he said. "I didn’t know if I got it. It took so long with the auditioning process. My dad said, ‘You got the part!’ I said, ‘Whaaaaaat!’”
The young star said lead Jamie Lee Curtis is totally cool.
Jibrail is one of the Nantambu’s four children. He said they all want to be actors except for his 2-year-old brother. As for Jibrail, he feels like a veteran actor after hanging out on the set with Curtis on a regular basis.
Filming started in February of last year in Charleston, South Carolina. Curtis plays Laurie Strode, who survived an attack by murderer Michael Myers. In the new “Halloween,” Myers has escaped from an institution and is looking for more bloodshed.
“He’s extremely durable,” said Jibrail. “You might as well call him immortal. He can live through anything.”
The fourth-grader attends Audubon Charter’s French immersion school and didn’t hesitate to speak French on location. He said his friends are the same as they were before he was in the movie.
“I got more friends,” he said. “Most of the ones that came after I got the part - I know they’re fake.”
Jibrail got rave reviews from critics, and even from the crew when the film was finished. He said the movie would have scared him if he had seen the whole thing with the scary music, but success isn’t scaring him a bit.