Kathy Najimy Shares Why Her Hocus Pocus Smile Changed in the Sequel

Kathy Najimy reveals why her Hocus Pocus character's smile changed in the Disney+ sequel:'We can justify it'

Kathy Najimy as Mary Sanderson in Hocus Pocus and Hocus Pocus 2. Disney; Matt Kennedy/Disney+

While eagle-eyed fans might have noticed Kathy Najimy‘s Hocus pocus 2 smile looked different in the Disney+ sequel, the actress had a good reason to change things up.

“It’s on the other side, mainly because it’s so hard for me to do it on the side I did it on 30 years ago. I’m sure fans will go into detail as to why it’s on the other side,” said Najimy, 65 Weekly entertainment in an interview published on Friday, September 30.

Kathy Najimy reveals why her Hocus Pocus character's smile changed in the Disney+ sequel:'We can justify it'

Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah Sanderson, Bette Midler as Winifred Sanderson and Kathy Najimy as Mary Sanderson in Hocus Pocus 2. Matt Kennedy/Disney+

Najimy played Mary Sanderson in the original 1993 film, mumbo-jumboNext Bette Midler (Winnifred Sanderson) and Sarah Jessica Parker (Sarah Sanderson). That progeny For her part, the actress sported a remarkably crooked smile.

“It’s just something that came to mind in the first week,” recalled the California native EW while shooting the OG movie. “This is big comedy, so you don’t have to be subtle or have a 40-page Shakespearean backstory.”

While Mary’s smile slipped sideways on the first move, it was turned around during filming of the new movie, which released on Disney+ on Friday.

“We can justify it because at the beginning there’s a scene where Winnie hits me and my mouth goes the other side and then she hits me again and it goes the other side and sticks,” Najimy told the outlet.

The joke continued by playing the younger version of Mary Nina kitchen In the opening scenes of the sequel, she curls her smile on the same side as Najimy in the original.

Almost 30 years after the original mumbo-jumbo Broadcast, the three Sanderson witches return to Salem to run amok and steal the souls of a new generation of children. In the strip three teenagers – played by Whitney Peak, Belissa Escobedo and Lilia Buckingham – accidentally summon the witch sisters to the modern city while experimenting with magic.

While Hocus pocus 2 tells a new story, there are still plenty of references and easter eggs to the OG version.

“We wanted to include all the people that the fans loved, and when you sit back with all the ingredients and the story, you’re like, ‘How do we do that?'” director Anne Flechter previously told EW in August. “It was very difficult to try [the original kids: Omri Katz and Vinessa Shaw] be a part of it, because we talked about it – tediously.”

She added at the time, “They try to keep up with the story, even though it came in as a cameo. People would say, ‘You could be in the background!’ and I was like, ‘Really? You will take a backseat to the leads of the first film and be satisfied? You will not be satisfied, you will be angry.’”

Hocus pocus 2 is currently streaming on Disney+.

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