Matthew Lillard is standing up for his former co-star. Throughout a Twitter Spaces conversation with Midnite Movie Club, the 52-year-old actor defended Neve Campbell‘s determination to walk away from the “Scream” franchise as a result of a pay dispute.
Lillard performed Stu within the unique “Scream” movie in 1996, whereas Campbell has starred as Sidney Prescott in all 5 movies within the franchise.
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“Did Tom Cruise take much less cash for [the ‘Top Gun’ sequel]? F**okay no dude. So why is a girl speculated to take much less? Why wouldn’t you pay her extra because the sequence goes on?” Lillard mentioned. “Was ‘Scream 5’ successful or not successful? It was a smash hit. Did they make a s**t ton of cash? Sure.”
“Ought to Neve Campbell be paid for the work she’s achieved in 5 motion pictures of a franchise? Sure, as a result of she’s a feminine lead of one of the profitable horror franchises,” he continued, including that the scenario is “infuriating.”‘
Jamie Kennedy, who performed Randy in a number of “Scream” movies, likewise sided with Campbell within the dispute, stating that the entire thing “is a transparent instance of how twisted the system is.”
“Sidney Prescott is the middle of ‘Scream.’ Neve Campbell is the face of ‘Scream.’ Ghostface chasing her all through the entire franchise,” Kennedy mentioned in a video he posted to YouTube. “… The franchise will get rebooted. It’s extra in style than ever… How will you make ‘Scream’ with out Sidney Prescott?… It’s her story, her POV, her ache, every part is her. She’s the heroine.”
“It’s loopy that the individuals behind the scenes usually are not paying the cash to actually the face of the franchise,” he added. “It’s individuals who weren’t concerned from the get-go. That is every part that’s fallacious with the enterprise.”
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Earlier this month, Campbell announced that she wouldn’t be returning to the Scream franchise for the sixth film, which is about to be launched subsequent 12 months.
“Sadly, I gained’t be making the following ‘Scream’ movie. As a girl I’ve needed to work extraordinarily arduous in my profession to determine my worth, particularly in relation to ‘Scream.’ I felt the supply that was offered to me didn’t equate to the worth I’ve delivered to the franchise,” Campbell mentioned in a press release. “It’s been a really tough determination to maneuver on.”
“To all my ‘Scream’ followers, I really like you,” she added. “You’ve all the time been so extremely supportive to me. I’m without end grateful to you and to what this franchise has given me over the previous 25 years.”
Although Campbell gained’t be within the subsequent ‘Scream’ film, the movie will see longtime star Courteney Cox returning as Gale Weathers alongside newcomers Melissa Barrera (Sam), Jasmin Savoy Brown (Mindy), Mason Gooding (Chad) and Jenna Ortega (Tara), who made their franchise debut within the earlier movie.
Moreover, Hayden Panettiere might be making her long-awaited return to the large display screen for the sixth movie, reprising her function as Kirby Reed, which she originated in “Scream 4.” Dermot Mulroney has also been cast within the film, and is about to play a police officer.