Hocus Pocus 2 star Kathy Najimy reveals she was a passionate fan of her co-star Bette Midler before being cast as Mary Sanderson in the original film.
Hocus Pocus 2 Star Kathy Najimy revealed that she was a passionate fan of her co-star Bette Midler before being cast as Mary Sanderson in the original film. Najimy and Midler played Mary and Winifred Sanderson alongside Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah Sanderson, who together form a trio of witches resurrected 300 years after their 1993 disappearance in the Disney cult classic Halloween. Najimy, Midler and Parker will reprise their roles in the 2022 Disney + original film.
In the 1993 fantasy comedy, Mary, Winifred, and Sarah are resurrected in 1993 in Salem, Massachusetts, after unconscious teens Max (Omri Katz), Allison (Vinessa Shaw), and Max’s younger sister Dani (Thora Birch) , they light a cursed candle that brings them back to life. The witches wreak havoc, charm the townspeople, and resurrect Winifred’s ex-boyfriend, Billy Butcherson (Doug Jones), as a zombie. The main characters defeat them with the help of the cursed cat Thackery Binx (Jason Marsden). However, as revealed by a recently published synopsis for Hocus Pocus 2, the witches would return to Salem 29 years later, with the main cast reprising their roles. Ahead of her return as Mary, Najimy has revealed how excited she was to be cast alongside Midler in the original film.
Talking to Entertainment tonight about his return to the world of Hocus PocusNajimy revealed that she was a huge fan of Midler. Najimy confessed in the interview that Midler was a personal idol, saying that the guards had chased her away when she was trying to get backstage from Midler’s shows and had even found her apartment. Najimy concluded by saying that working alongside Midler and playing his character’s sister «blew his head off. See Najimy’s full quote below.
“When I was little, the idol of my life was Bette Middler… I used to break backstage where she performed. I had guards chasing me, true story. He found her apartment in New York, left her a note, and they dragged her away. So standing next to her, not just in the movie itself, but playing her sister… it was amazing. me. mind.”
Najimy, Midler, and Parker aren’t the only returning cast members for the sequel, as Jones recently confirmed Billy Butcherson’s return. Jones’ return along with the three sisters was confirmed in a press release in early November. Even though the Sanderson sisters and Butcherson were resurrected for the sequel, Katz and Shaw revealed that they had not been asked to return as Max or Allison.
With roles in Hocus Pocus, Sister act, and King of the hillNajimy is recognizable to many fans who would have grown up with his media presence. As such, it’s fun to not only hear her remember her own time as a fan, but her personal fan dream came true. With Disney + being home to the original cult classic and soon hosting the long-awaited Hocus Pocus 2, new fans can easily discover and enjoy the iconic Halloween trio of Najimy, Midler and Parker.