Freddie Prinze Jr. Reveals ‘Scooby-Doo 2′ Pay Cut for Co-Stars’ Salaries: ‘Screw That’
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Almost two decades later, Freddie Prinze Jr. calls out the "Scooby-Doo" production.
The 2004 Warner Bros. 'Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed' star revealed the studio asked him for a pay cut so his co-stars could get raises. (Other cast members included Sarah Michelle Gellar, Linda Cardellini, and Matthew Lillard.)
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"I remember thinking, 'Wait a minute, who's giving them the raise? Me or all of you?'” Prinze Jr. told Esquire. "The way we made you three-quarters of a billion dollars, can't you afford to pay them what I'm making? Fuck it all."
The I Know What You Did Last Summer alum claimed that the studio also leaked his salary to the press to get him to agree. "My ego was so angry," he said.
The original 2002 film, Scooby-Doo, grossed $275 million. The sequel, Monsters Unleashed, grossed $181 million at the box office.
Looking back, Prinze Jr. admitted that the Scooby-Doo movies have their own lasting legacy with fans.
"All these people who grew up loving those ['Scooby-Doo'] movies started reaching out," said the 'Christmas With You' star. "And then, I think I got a better perspective on what this film meant to people because I wasn't looking at it through the studio lenses anymore."
However, "Scooby-Doo" was notorious for frustration both behind and in front of the camera. Prinze Jr. noted that the script he signed on for wasn't made, and writer James Gunn also called on the studio to "destroy secrets."
"The first 'Scooby-Doo' was originally (by me, the producers and director Raja Gosnell) supposed to be PG-13, but we never got a PG-13 rating," Gunn tweeted earlier this year. "The initial rating from the MPAA was R, and then a bunch of stuff was changed and this cut ended up being rated PG."
In 2020, Gunn announced that he wanted Linda Cardellini's Velma to go gay, but those plans were scrapped due to studio pushback.
"In 2001, Velma was explicitly gay in my first screenplay," he wrote. "But the studio just kept watering it down and watering it down, becoming ambiguous (the filmed version), then nothing (the released version) and finally a friend (the sequel)."
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Freddie Prinze Jr.
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