- “Scooby-Doo” star Freddie Prinze Jr. told Esquire he was asked for a pay cut for the sequel.
- He said that Warner Bros. asked him to take the cut after his fellow players asked for a raise.
- “My ego was so angry,” Prinse Jr. said. in the interview.
Freddie Prince Jr. said he was “so angry” when Warner Bros. asked him for a pay cut for 2004’s “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed” so his costars would get a raise.
Prince Jr. co-starred with his wife Sarah Michelle Gellar, Linda Cardellini and Matthew Lillard in the two early 2000s live-action films “Scooby-Doo”.
In a new interview with Esquire, Prinze Jr. his frustrations with filming the franchise, including asking for a pay cut.
The actor told Esquire that after the first film, released in 2002, was successful, he was asked for a pay cut because the rest of the cast wanted a raise for the second film.
“I remember thinking, ‘Wait a minute, who’s giving them the raise? Me or all of you?'” he said. “Like, we made you three-quarters of a billion dollars, can’t you afford to pay them what I’m making on this? Damn.”
According to Princess Jr. the studio allegedly released his salary in a magazine to persuade him to accept the pay cut. He said this made him want to leave the franchise after the second film.
“My ego was so angry,” he said.
Insider has contacted Warner Bros. for comment.
Prince Jr. told Esquire that he later came to appreciate the “Scooby-Doo” franchise when he saw the fan appreciation for the movies on social media.
“All these people who had grown up loving those movies started reaching out,” he said. “And then I felt like I got a more accurate perspective on what that movie meant to people because I was no longer looking at it through the lenses of the studio.”
Prince Jr. said his other frustration with the first “Scooby-Doo” movie was that the finished product was not the script he signed up for.
While the actor didn’t go into details about the changes 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. downplayed her strangeness. .
“In 2001, Velma was explicitly gay in my original script,” Gunn wrote in a since-deleted tweet last year. “But the studio kept diluting it and diluting it, getting ambiguous (the recording of the version), then nothing (the released version), and finally got a boyfriend (the sequel).”