Freddie Prinze Jr. says he was 'so angry' that he was asked to take a pay cut for 'Scooby-Doo 2' so his costars could get a raise

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Freddie Prinze Jr. in Scooby Doo and earlier this year. Warner Bros. Entertainment/Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Netflix
'Scooby-Doo' star Freddie Prinze Jr. told Esquire he's been asked to take a pay cut for the sequel.
He said Warner Bros. asked him to take on the cut after his colleagues asked for a raise.
"My ego was so angry," Prinze Jr. said in the interview.
Freddie Prinze Jr. said he was "so angry" when Warner Bros. asked him to take a pay cut for 2004's "Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed" so his co-workers could get a raise.
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Prinze Jr. starred in the two live-action films Scooby-Doo in the early 2000s alongside his wife Sarah Michelle Gellar, Linda Cardellini and Matthew Lillard.
In a new interview with Esquire, Prinze Jr. shared his frustrations over filming the franchise, including being asked to take a pay cut.
The actor told Esquire that after the success of the first film, which was released in 2002, he was asked to take a pay cut because the rest of the cast wanted a raise for the second film.
"I remember thinking, 'Wait, who's giving them the raise? Me or all of you?'” he said. "For example, we made you guys three-quarters of a billion dollars, you can't afford to pay them what I'm making? Fuck it all."
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According to Prinze Jr., the studio allegedly published his salary in a magazine to convince him to take the pay cut. He said this made him leave the franchise after the second film.
"My ego was so angry," he said.
Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard and Linda Cardellini in Scooby-Doo. Warner Bros.
Insider has reached out to Warner Bros. for comment.
Prinze Jr. told Esquire that he later began to appreciate the Scooby-Doo franchise when he saw the fan appreciation for the films on social media.
"All these people who grew up loving these films started reaching out," he said. "And then I felt like I got a better perspective on what this film meant to people because I wasn't looking at it through the studio lenses anymore."
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Prinze Jr. mentioned that his other frustration with the first Scooby-Doo film was that the end product wasn't the script he committed to.
While the actor didn't go into detail about what changes were made, the writer behind the two films, James Gunn, said last year that he had plans to make Velma "explicitly gay" in his script, but Warner Bros. played up her weirdness down .
"In 2001, Velma was explicitly gay in my original script," Gunn wrote last year in a since-deleted tweet. "But the studio kept 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.
American actor (born 1976)

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