Don’t expect Prinze to play Fred in another “Scooby-Doo” movie anytime soon.
Freddie Prinze Jr. wants you to know that he’s still mad about the live-action “Scooby-Doo” movies.
The actor memorably played Fred in the 2002 film ‘Scooby-Doo’ and its 2004 sequel ‘Scooby-Doo: Monsters Unleashed’. While the two films have risen to cult status in recent years, several members of the cast and crew have voiced their negative experiences with the studios’ interference in the films.
Prinze added his name to the chorus of detractors in a recent interview TooFabhe explained that what he considered dishonesty from Warner Bros. executives ruined the experience for him.
“There was too much bait and switch in the first one — the studio was not honest with me in any way, shape or form,” Prinze said. “I’ve worked two jobs where I regretted doing it, and Scooby was one of them.”
As the actor considers reprising his iconic role from ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’, he has made it clear that he can confidently rule out a return to the Scooby-Doo franchise.
“I wouldn’t,” Prinze said. “I have zero interest. I mean, it was tricky. Not for me, man.
This isn’t the first time Prinze has complained about the “Scooby-Doo” franchise. He recently recalled being asked to take a pay cut on “Monsters Unleashed” so his co-stars could make more money. He explained why he strongly disagreed with the decision.
“I remember thinking, ‘Wait, who’s going to give them the raise?’ Is it me or you?” Prinze Jr. said in 2022. “Like we made you three quarters of a billion dollars, you can’t afford to pay them what I’m making on that? Screw it.”
James Gunn recently reminded his Twitter followers that he originally wrote the films as R-rated comedies and was upset to see the studio water down his original vision.
“The first Scooby-Doo was originally intended to be PG-13 (by me, the producers and director Raja Gosnell), but we never got a PG-13 rating,” Gunn wrote. “The first MPAA rating was R, and then they changed a bunch of things, and this cut ended up being rated PG.”
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