Looking back on his career, Freddie Prinze Jr. explains why starring in Scooby-Doo movies can lead to some setbacks.
In the Warner Bros. movie, Scooby-Doo, Adapted From the famous animated series, Prinze Jr. stars as Mystery Inc. gang member Fred Jones alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard and Linda Cardellini.
Although the actors reprise their roles for the 2004 sequel, Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, at the time of and Esquire interview, Prinze Jr. said he was asked to take a salary that was cut when the actors wanted a raise for the second film.
“I remember thinking, ‘Wait, who’s giving them a raise? Me or you guys? Like we made you three quarters of a billion dollars, Can’t you guys afford the money I’m making on this? Screw it up,” he said.
The actor was also said to have been speaking in the studio and announcing his salary in a magazine. “My ego was very angry,” said Prinz Jr.
After the 2004 sequel came out, the cast didn’t come back for more movies. The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to Warner Bros. for comment.
When the actor started hearing from fans who have loved the film over the years, he explained that it gave him a more “accurate view” of the projects, and he realized to the meaning of these two films “meaning to people.”
“All those who grew up loving those [Scooby-Doo] movies People started reaching out … and then I had a much more accurate sense of what the film meant to people because I was no longer watching it through a studio lens,” he said.
The actor’s comments are his latest reflections on his career during the release of Netflix’s Christmas romantic comedy Christmas With You . He also recently talked about his limited opportunities to play a character who was explicitly written as Latino. (Prinze Jr.’s Fred Jones character in two Scooby-Doo movies has historically been portrayed as white.) His The character in Christmas With You was written as Latino, that’s what attracted him cause role. “This [program] also offers the opportunity to be a Latina father. Growing up without one, it was an opportunity to show what I always wanted, what I hoped for and what I fantasized about,” he told THR.