If you’re looking at popular cartoon dogs, then no one holds a paw to Scooby-Doo yet the live-action movie wasn’t everything we hoped for. The sentiment certainly ran true for the star, Freddie Prinze Jr.
While Prinze Jr is known for the roles he played in some iconic teen movies, others know him as Fred Jones in the two live-action Scooby-Doo movies. Honestly, I feel like he’s such a great actor that you really can’t go wrong with anything you decide to watch featuring him.
My love for Freddie Prinze Jr. aside, he was asked if he’d be willing to reprise his role as Fred in a third installment of the Scooby-Doo live-action movies. His answer was quick and to the point: “It wouldn’t be something I would do…I have zero interest. I mean, it was tricky. It wouldn’t be for me, man.”
For live-action Scooby-Doo fans, not having Freddie Prinze Jr. rejoin the cast is disheartening to hear but it’s not for the reason you might imagine.
Freddie Prinze Jr. shares why he won’t return for another live-action Scooby.
For those of us who love the live-action Scooby movies, this does feel a bit sad but Freddie Prinze Jr. made sure to assure us it wasn’t because of the film. Rather he shared it was about the studio and how they treated him: “The studio was not honest with me in any way, shape, or form… It wasn’t the best. I think I’ve been on two jobs where I had regret doing it, and ‘Scooby’ was one of them.” It is frankly sad to hear that as I adore those movies.
As someone who is a Scooby-Doo lover, I’m sad to hear that Prinze Jr won’t be reprising his role but that is what’s best for him. I can’t begrudge him for that. He even talked about how much he appreciates the project as it opened his fanbase up vastly. While it’s not easy to hear, it’s good to know he’s prioritizing himself.
Considering all the recent talk and comments made by the live-action Scooby-Doo cast, I’d like to see a third movie. While it’s probably unlikely, we still have the two films to enjoy and we can all enjoy Matthew Lillard as Shaggy in both an animated and live-action format. That’s a silver lining if nothing else as it’s such a beloved franchise.
Personally, I’m happy to know Freddie Prinze Jr. is doing well and he’s open about sharing his struggles with the film. Hopefully one day, we’ll see another live-action Scooby-Doo and if not, at least we have the two classics to watch again and again.
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