Freddie Prinze Jr says Scooby Doo is one of two movies he regrets doing
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Freddie Prinze Jr has said that Scooby Doo is one of only two films he regrets making, despite its huge popularity.
Although he got to play the iconic character of Fred Jones, the actor has said that working on the 2002 kids' film ‘wasn’t the best’ experience.
Despite Prinze getting to star alongside his now-wife, Sarah Michelle Gellar, he says would never want to reprise his former role.
Gellar and Prinze originally met in 1997, on the set of teen slasher I Know What You Did Last Summer and ended up reuniting for the live-action remake of the classic cartoon.
Though they married shortly after filming wrapped, Prinze hated the production, which had originally been pitched to him as an R-rated film.
Though writer James Gunn was keen on a darker version of the film, Warner Brothers Studios were not so thrilled, and the script had a massive overhaul.
In a recent tweet, the filmmaker told fans: “The first Scooby-Doo was originally intended (by me, the producers & the director, Raja Gosnell) to be PG-13, but we never got a PG-13 rating. The first rating from the MPAA was R, & then a bunch of stuff was changed, & that cut ended up being rated PG.”
Having been sold an entirely different film, Prinze struggled to enjoy production despite his blossoming romance with Gellar.
In a recent interview with Too Fab, he told the publication that the studio was not straightforward with him in ‘any way’.
“There was too much bait and switch on the first one, the studio was not honest with me in any way, shape or form,” he told the publication, adding: “I've been on two jobs where I had regret doing it and Scooby was one of them.”
It left a bad taste in the actor’s mouth, with Prinze admitting that he would not reprise his role if he were invited back for a third instalment.
“It wouldn't be something I would do. I have zero interest ... It wouldn't be for me” he continued, saying: “I'm only gonna work with people I love and respect, and who love and respect me.”
Though fans might be bitterly disappointed by the news, Prinze has gained a new fondness for the film after watching viewers grow up with the film.
He even recounted one story of a fan who watched the 2002 film over thirty times with their Dad, which made Prinze reflect on the movie.
He admitted: “I didn't fully appreciate Scooby until it was seen and children came up to me, and would be like, 'Oh my gosh'.”
Sounds like a good enough excuse to rewatch the classic kids' film all over again.
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