LOS ANGELES - 1976:  Sissy Spacek attends her high school prom in the Brian De Palma horror classic "Carrie" based on the Stephen King novel in 1976 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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Sissy Spacek And Brian De Palma Disagreed On What Carrie Was Really About
In the seminal horror film “Carrie,” the titular telekinetic heroine, played by Sissy Spacek, just wanted to be loved and understood by those around her, which are pervasive feelings among most teenagers. However, Spacek ​​revealed that she and director Brian De Palma had friendly disagreements about Carrie's motivations and beliefs.
In an interview with ComingSoon.net, Spacek was asked about her thoughts on the tragedy and ultimate iconization of the character. She answered, “I remember always saying to Brian De Palma, the director of 'Carrie', that this story is really about a young girl who is an artist who just wants to be normal, and he'd say to me, 'No Sissy, it's about teenage angst.'”
Although they initially disagreed, Spacek came around to understanding De Palma's interpretation. She concluded, “I guess it's about all those things. I believe that everyone at some point in their life felt like Carrie in their lives, especially in high school and I think that's why people connected with her. It's healthy to find catharsis through characters in film.”