Freddie Prinze Jr. Expresses ‘Regret’ Over Scooby-Doo Role, and ‘Zero Interest’ in a Third Sequel


When asked about working on the original films and possibly doing a sequel, actor Freddie Prinze Jr. who played the character Fred Jones on the Scooby Doo said “It wouldn’t be for me, man.”

Looking Back

“There was too much bait-and-switch on the first one,” the actor continued, “The studio was not honest with me in any way, shape or form. They were not straightforward. I’ve been on two jobs where I’ve had regret doing it, and Scooby was one of them.”

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He talked about not fully appreciating the work he did on the film until he was able to see the positive and long-standing impact that the debut film in 2002 and the sequel in 2004 had on fans.

“Then, all of a sudden, I was like, ‘Hey man, we did good. There are legit millions of people who love this movie. It’s not the movie I wanted to make, but I appreciate that, and it made me change my outlook on it,” he continued.

Near Misses

The director of the first two films, James Gunn, talked about the possibility of a third movie. “Okay, I’m in,” he responded to a tweet that suggested another project.

Prinze talked about another movie that proved difficult to make in his career. The director of I Know What You Did Last Summer, Jim Gillespie, had someone else in mind for Prinze’s role.

“He was very direct in the fact that, ‘I don’t want you in this movie.’ So when that’s your first job and you hear those words, it just wrecks you, man. It just wrecks you,” Prinze shared, “I wanted to fight that guy two or three different times.”

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