Jamie Lee Curtis shares sweet moment with Comic-Con fan who says she saved his life
It all started during a Q&A portion of the program when audience member Jeffrey Scott recounted his encounter with a knife-wielding home invader.
"I was scared out of my mind and out of nowhere this thought inside of me went, 'Well, what would Jamie Lee Curtis do?'" Scott said, according to videos posted online from those in attendance. "To make a long story short, I'm here today because of the way that you portrayed Lauri Strode. I'm a victor today instead of a victim."
As Scott started getting emotional, he told Curtis, "You're the only reason I came to Comic-Con this year."
Listening from the stage inside Hall H, the convention's largest venue, Curtis started to descend so she could give him a hug.
Moderator Yvette Nicole Brown was equally stunned by the story, saying several times, "That's amazing."
Curtis spent several minutes with Scott and even posed for a few photos.
For those who have never been to a convention like Comic-Con, close interactions with the celebrities in attendance are rare, for both security reasons and time restrictions.
Attendees are discouraged from making personal requests of talent -- like for photos or autographs.
"Sometimes selfies heal, too," Brown joked, before adding, "That was beautiful."
The reboot of "Halloween," in which Curtis will reprise her role as Laurie Strode, is set for release in October.
James Gunn fired as 'Guardians of the Galaxy 3' director after 'indefensible' tweets resurface
"The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James' Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio's values, and we have severed our business relationship with him," Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, said in a statement obtained by CNN.
Gunn had come under fire in recent days after his comments, which made references to pedophilia and molestation, came to light.
On Thursday, Gunn acknowledged the attention his previous social media comments were getting in a series of tweets.
"Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I've developed as a person, so has my work and my humor," he wrote. "It's not to say I'm better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger. My days saying something just because it's shocking and trying to get a reaction are over."
He added: "For the record, when I made these shocking jokes, I wasn't living them out. I know this is a weird statement to make, and seems obvious, but, still, here I am, saying it."
A representative for Gunn has not returned CNN's request for further comment.
After working in low-budget filmmaking (including a stint at Troma Studios), Gunn made his directing debut in 2006 with "Slither," followed by the superhero spoof, "Super."
He was considered a somewhat unorthodox choice when Marvel tapped him to direct "Guardians of the Galaxy," but the movie garnered critical acclaim and became a major hit. The movie and its sequel -- which he also wrote and directed -- have grossed more than $1.6 billion worldwide.
In addition to the third "Guardians," it was announced last year that Gunn was working on a revival of the TV show "Starsky and Hutch" for Amazon.
As recently as last week, Gunn had been teasing other future projects, including an announcement set to be made at the same time as the Sony Pictures panel on Friday evening at San Diego Comic-Con on the convention's biggest stage -- Hall H.
Cryptically, Gunn wrote in a Facebook post that the announcement would be "something dark, sweet, and special."
Gunn's appearance was never confirmed by Sony.
A studio insider told CNN that Gunn was not expected to be part of the panel as of Friday afternoon.