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‘Halloween’ Reboot Blocked Edgar Wright From Using Michael Myers Masks in ‘Baby Driver’

One of the best jokes in "Baby Driver" was originally much different.

"Baby Driver"

“Baby Driver”

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One of the best jokes in Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver” is when three criminals are forced to wear masks of comedian Mike Myers’ face because one of them got confused and ordered them instead of masks of the iconic horror movie killer Michael Myers from the “Halloween” franchise. The joke became a breakout bit from the film just from the trailer alone, but it turns out Wright originally wrote the scene with the “Halloween” character in mind.

Greg Nicotero, the effects artist who worked on “Baby Driver,” revealed on Instagram the original Michael Myers masks that were created to be used in Wright’s movie. Nicotero called the original scene one of his favorite jokes from the movie that had to get cut. The original scene was written to have two characters wearing “Halloween” masks and one of them messing up by having a Mike Myers mask.

“I thought it was really funny and very, very clever so we created this mask for the movie and unfortunately were unable to get permission to use it so the mask sits proudly on a zombie bust in my office,” Nicotero said.

“Because of the upcoming ‘Halloween’ reboot, the rights holders didn’t want to let us use the Michael Myers mask,” Wright chimed in on Twitter. “So we went with three Austin Powers masks instead of just the one – with Mike Myers blessing.”

Fortunately, Wright noted that “Halloween” has a long history of denying people the right to use the Myers mask in non-franchise properties, so the rights holders’ refusal to grant him permission for “Baby Driver” was nothing personal. Wright also posted more of the intended “Baby Driver” masks to his social media pages.

The “Halloween” reboot opens nationwide October 19, via Universal Pictures.

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