Looking back on his career, Freddie Prinze Jr. why he played the lead role Scooby-Doo movies led to some frustrations.
In the 2002 Warner Bros. movie, Scooby-Doobased on the famous animated series, Prinze Jr. starring as a gang member of Mystery Inc. Fred Jones alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard and Linda Cardellini.
Although the cast reprized their roles for the 2004 sequel, Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashedin an interview with Esquiresaid Prince Jr. that he had been asked to take a pay cut when the cast wanted a raise for the second film.
“I remember thinking, ‘Wait a minute, who’s giving them the raise? Me or you?’ Like we made you three-quarters of a billion dollars, can’t you afford to pay them what I’m making on this? Screw that,” he said.
The actor also addressed the studio and allegedly published his salary in a magazine at the time. “My ego was so angry,” Prinse Jr. said.
After the release of the 2004 sequel, the cast did not return for additional films. The Hollywood Reporter has contacted Warner Bros. for comment.
Over the years, as the actor began to hear from fans who loved the films, he explained that it gave him a “more accurate perspective” on the projects and realized what the two films “mean to people”.
“All these people who had grown up loved those people [Scooby-Doo] movies started to connect… and then I got what I felt was 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,” he said.
The actor’s comments are his latest reflection on his career amid the release of his Netflix Christmas rom-com Christmas with you. He also recently spoke about the limited opportunities he’s had playing a character explicitly written as Latino. (Prinze Jr.’s Fred Jones role in both Scooby-Doo movies has been a character who has historically been portrayed as white.) His role in Christmas with you was written as Latino, which is what drew him to the role. “This one [project] also offers the opportunity to be a Latino dad. Growing up without one, it was an opportunity to show what I always wanted, what I longed for and what I fantasized about,” he shared THR.