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THE MOVIE:Scooby–Doo

THE STARS:
Freddie Prinze Jr. • Sarah Michelle Gellar • Matthew Lillard • Linda Cardellini
DIRECTOR: Raja Gosnell

The real Scooby Gang (and we don‘t mean the Buffy crew...) THE CONCEPT:
A live action (with a CGI-dog) version of TV’s long running cartoon series, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, whose 310 episodes have been popular for over 30 years. In this case: Mystery, Inc.’s crime-solving gang, Fred, Daphne, Shaggy and Velma, along with their Great Dane Scooby-Doo, are hired to investigate a haunted resort: Spooky Island.

U.S. RELEASE: June 14 • Rated: PG

THE COMMENTS:

FREDDIE PRINZE JR. (Fred):
“There is no more obsessive fan of cartoons or comics than myself – I have every single episode of Scooby-Doo, over three hundred of them, so I had a very good template to start with, and the fun part was that I literally got to ‘three-dimensionalize’ the character.”

MATTHEW LILLARD (Shaggy) on playing opposite the CGI Scooby-Doo:
“It was hard because so much of acting is the chemistry between two people. It’s the transfer of energy, and every single day for six months it was Scooby and I, and I was throwing (energy) into the void and nothing was coming back. It’s a leap of faith and a commitment. I put all my faith into Raja Gosnell, because I’d never had a director as specific with me as an actor in terms of what he wanted. The only thing I had to respond to in the scenes was Neil Fanning, who does the voice of Scooby in the movie.”

RAJA GOSNELL:
“It’s hard for the actors when the star of the movie isn’t on the set. What we would do in rehearsals was have Scooby’s stuffed head on a stick and we’d walk around to show them where he was going to be. Then we’d pull the head and start to roll, and put Scooby’s stuff in later.”

SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR (Daphne):
“What was specifically hard about working with Scooby was that you would do what was on the page, and what you thought they were going to do with Scooby. But afterwards, when they’d go into create the character, they could do whatever they wanted and it might not be what you were thinking.”

LINDA CARDELLINI (Velma):
“I’ve been a fan of the cartoon since I was really little, so I guess I studied the role of Velma growing up. And I watched the cartoons every day in my trailer before I would go out on the set to play Velma.”

SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR on her martial arts fight scene:
“I worked for a month with the Hong Kong wire team. I had never done wire-work before, so that was all new and so much fun. What was really important was to always make it look like it was still Daphne, that she wasn’t this martial arts expert.”

MATTHEW LILLARD (referring to Gellar's TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer):
“Buffy gets up every day to hunt and kill monsters. Daphne gets up every day to shop!”

FREDDIE PRINZE JR. on Velma's sexual preference:
“There’s a lot of mythology about the characters, including what Fred and Daphne were doing when they where off allegedly gathering clues. With Velma in the original script, we tried to hint at it a little bit, but at the end of the day you have to make a movie that three generations can enjoy.”

LINDA CARDELLINI:
“There were a few scenes where Velma comes out of her shell, but I wouldn’t say she comes out of her closet. It’s open for interpretation.”

MATTHEW LILLARD:
“There was a lot of pressure on us, because we didn’t want to be the group to take this cartoon, that we all grew up on and had a lot of respect and love for, and screw it up.”

FREDDIE PRINZE JR.:
“We’re all signed for a sequel – Warner Brothers wouldn’t have let us make the movie if we didn’t sign up for 27 sequels!”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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