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Freddie Prinze Jr. says he has ‘regret’ over ‘Scooby-Doo’ role

Freddie Prinze Jr. shares his thoughts over the widely praised live-action “Scooby-Doo” movies from the early 2000s

Freddie Prinze Jr. says he has ‘regret’ over ‘Scooby-Doo’ role
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Freddie Prinze Jr. will not be reuniting with the Mystery Inc squad anytime soon. The actor recently revealed that he is not interested in another ‘Scooby-Doo’ movie and isn’t too fond of his previous role.

Prinze Jr. played Fred Jones, in the two previous Scooby-Doo live-action films in 2002 and 2004. According to the actor, he would turn down another sequel due to bad experiences on set.

“I’ve been on two jobs where I had regret doing it and Scooby was one of them,” he said in an interview with TooFab.

“It wouldn’t be something I would do. I have zero interest ... It wouldn’t be for me, man,” he added.

Well-loved movies

Prinze Jr. also explained that he didn’t fully appreciate the movies until he saw the reaction of children at the time.

“I didn’t fully appreciate Scooby until it was seen and children came up to me, like, ‘Oh my gosh,’” he explained.

He continued, “We did good, there’s legit millions of people that love this movie. It wasn’t the movie I wanted to make, but I appreciate that and it made me change my outlook on it.”

An R-rated script

The actor starred alongside wife Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, and Linda Cardellini in the two ‘Scooby-Doo’ films in the early 2000s. The two films were a major success at the box office and were well-perceived by fans of the series of all ages.

The films were directed by Raja Gosnell and written by James Gunn, who went on to work on major Marvel projects such as the ‘Gaurdians of the Galaxy’ franchise ad ‘Suicide Squad.’

According to Gunn and Prinze Jr. the original script for the movies were originally for a much older adult audience. Gunn said the movie would have received an R rating had it stuck to its original script.

Are the other cast members on board?

Unlike Prinze Jr. some previous cast members are open to the idea of an adult ‘Scooby-Doo’ movie in the future. Matthew Lillard, who played Shaggy in the original series, was asked by TooFab about the possibility of a rated R ‘Scooby-Doo’ movie.

“It’s up to the fans. I think that people listen, especially these days, to social media, they listen to fans and that fandom is really strong,” added Lillard, who agreed an R-rated reboot “would be a super fun thing to see.”

Soon after, Gunn commented on the idea again in a Tweet, claiming he doesn’t have time for the movie right now.


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