‘The Shining’ Scream Queen delivers first acting gig in 20 years

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Shelley Duvall – decades after stepping away from the Hollywood spotlight – is ready for her close-up once again. The actress, known for ‘The Shining’ and ‘Popeye’, has signed on for her first film role in 20 years, The Times has confirmed.

She will return to the big screen in the independent horror film “The Forest Hills”, directed and written by Scott Goldberg. Deadline, which first broke the news, announced that she will star alongside Edward Furlong, Chiko Mendez and Dee Wallace. “The Forest Hills” would follow a deranged man who is haunted by visions after a camping trip in the Catskill Mountains goes wrong. Duvall will play the mother of Mendez’s character, Rico.

Goldberg told The Times via email that Duvall recently shot his scenes for the next film, which will be released in 2023.

The actress’ turn in “The Forest Hills” comes more than 40 years after starring with Jack Nicholson in Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining.” After the 1980 horror staple, Duvall went on to star in “Roxanne,” “Suburban Commando,” and “Home Fries.”

According to IMDb, the actor’s most recent credit was in the 2002 MGM film “Manna From Heaven,” which also starred Shirley Jones, Cloris Leachman, Louise Fletcher and Seymour Cassel. Since then, Duvall has moved away from the limelight, rarely appearing in public throughout the 2000s.

In 2016, actress Duvall made headlines in 2016 when she appeared on an episode of “Dr. Phil” and told host Phil McGraw she was being threatened by a man and suggested her “Popeye” co-star Robin Williams, who died in 2014, was still alive. She also revealed that she suffered from mental health issues.

After the interview, fans criticized McGraw for “featuring the visibly sick people”.

“Your misuse of [Shelley] Duvall is a form of LURID ENTERTAINMENT and it’s shameful,” wrote Vivian Kubrick, director Stanley Kubrick’s daughter.

Five years later, Duvall opened up to The Hollywood Reporter about the infamous interview, noting that “I discovered the kind of person [McGraw] that’s the hard way.”

In the 2021 profile, she also reminisces about filming “The Shining” and her collaboration with Kubrick, which put its actors through grueling shoots. Duvall said the director was “very warm and friendly” towards her but her time on set was far from easy.

“Every day. It was very hard. Jack was so good — so damn scary,” she said. “I can only imagine how many women go through this stuff.”

Duvall’s film credits also include “Thieves Like Us”, “Nashville”, “Annie Hall”, and “Three Women”.

This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

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