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Linda Blair Admits Her ‘Exorcist: Believer’ Cameo Was ‘Bizarre’

Linda Blair Admits Her ‘Exorcist: Believer’ Cameo Was ‘Bizarre’

Months after the premiere of The Exorcist: Believer, Linda Blair opens up about what it felt like to reprise her famous role as Regan in the original Exorcist film. 

While speaking to PEOPLE, Blair admitted that her cameo in the new horror film was both “incredible” and “bizarre.”

“When they started working on Believer a couple of years ago, I was aware of it,” she explained. “And they all knew I wanted nothing to do with it. They created their production, and when they came to me and said, ‘We are doing this and we just want your blessing,’ I was like, ‘Of course.’”

However, Linda Blair acknowledged that she knew fans were really upset that Ellen Burstyn reprised her role, but she wasn’t going to return. She explained that she was too busy working on her animal foundation to work on a film. 

But she was able to be convinced when the film’s production team approached her. She was made an advisor to the film’s two young actresses. “I wanted to make sure they were ok,” she said. “We got to go and play and bring a smile to everybody’s face. And I think that’s really important.” 

Linda Blair pointed out that the key reason she wanted to reprise her role was to eventually promote her nonprofit. “I’m hoping that people understand I did the film to get the ability to talk and to ask for herself,” she continued. “For those that need help.”  

Linda Blair Isn’t Sure She’ll Reprise Her Role for More ‘The Exorcist’ Films 

Although there has been word that two sequels are already in the works, Linda Blair admitted she’s not sure if she’ll make an appearance in them.

“In all honesty, I know nothing,” she declared. “I don’t know what they’re doing.” 

Believer director David Gordon Green also told PEOPLE things are slowly happening with the upcoming sequels. “I’ve got a roadmap of infinite ideas of things that I’d like to do,” he added.

Blair also spoke to TODAY about her and Ellen Burstyn returning to The Exorcist franchise once again. “Ellen and I chose to keep it just really honest,” she said. “And we didn’t do any rehearsals. We knew what we were doing, and they just roll sound, roll camera, and there we walked on.” 

Blair then added what she hoped the audience would see from her appearance in the film. “The most important message that I tried to get across is that good and evil is always on the planet. Good must succeed evil.”