When you’re talking about a Hollywood actress and how they spend some of their free time, there are a few things that you might expect to hear. They went to spend time with their family, they took a trip to a foreign country, they’re researching their next role, or maybe they bought a new house. By and large, you don’t expect to hear that they attended one of the premiere fighting game tournaments in the world, but that’s exactly what Jamie Lee Curtis did.
This past weekend, EVO (or the Evolution Championship Series) 2015 took place in Las Vegas, Nevada, bringing in some of the best fighting game players in the world to compete for ultimate glory. Common games in use at EVO include Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Super Smash Bros., and Killer Instinct, with each game serving thousands of competitors to see who can walk away as the best of each one. Similar to any niche-oriented gathering of like-minded fans, it’s not unusual to find cosplayers walking the halls dressed as their favorite fighting game characters, and that’s how actress Jamie Lee Curtis attended the event: incognito as Street Fighter‘s Spanish claw-wielding warrior Vega. See her tweet below.
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) July 18, 2015
Still, that might bring the question: why was she even there in the first place? Does she have a mean streak on a fighting stick that she wanted to test out? Well, not specifically for the tournament itself. According to Polygon, she attended in order to take her son to the tournament as a high school graduation present. Does she play Street Fighter, though? According to a recent interview, she plays “more Street Fighter than you will ever know,” apparently favoring Cammy as her character of choice.
If you’re interested in seeing the results of EVO 2015, you can check them out here.
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