Freddie Prinze Jr. marked the launch of his new horror film podcast “That Was Pretty Scary” by talking to TooFab about considered one of his personal seminal horror movies, the 1997 teen slasher basic “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” Prinze Jr. mentioned making the film was a depressing expertise due to director Jim Gillespie, who the actor mentioned was “such an asshole” to him on set. Alleged rigidity between the 2 began as a result of Gillespie wished to solid Jeremy Sisto within the function of Ray Bronson however the studio and screenwriter Kevin Williamson wished Prinze Jr. as an alternative.
“I’ll give the person this, I believe his identify is Jim, he made no bones about it,” Prinze Jr. mentioned of the director. “There was no passive aggressiveness — which I hate — he was very direct in the truth that, ‘I don’t need you on this film.’ So when that’s your first job and also you hear these phrases, it simply wrecks you, man. It simply wrecks you.”
Prinze Jr. mentioned Gillespie gave him “psychotic notes” on set equivalent to “don’t go away your mouth open [because] you look silly whenever you try this.”
“That was the precise observe, phrase for phrase, I’ll always remember it,” Prinze Jr. mentioned. “And I’m like, I’m both gonna break down or I’ve to beat this man’s ass. Like these had been the one two choices in my head. I bear in mind Ryan [Phillippe] got here as much as me and was like, ‘Screw that man, man. What number of occasions did you audition for this film?’ and I am going, ‘5 occasions,’ he goes, ‘Yeah, you earned it. You didn’t get supplied the function, you earned it.’”
Prinze Jr. mentioned he almost give up the film due to Gillespie, including, “It was a battle to complete work daily. I used to be in ache each single day on that film. Nevertheless, it ready me for this enterprise in a method. I’m perpetually grateful to Jim for being such an asshole as a result of I’ve by no means met one like that since…no different director I’ve met felt crossing these strains can be OK. I’ve been ready for each lesser A-hole within the enterprise.”
“I’m certain he’s a hero in another person’s story,” the actor continued. “I’m certain he helped another person out they usually beloved him. However for me, he took a variety of frustration out on me. He was a primary time director, he didn’t have a variety of time, he didn’t have the finances he wished, he didn’t have the actor he wished, and he didn’t know learn how to take care of that frustration.”
Selection has reached out to Gillespie’s consultant for additional remark.
As TooFab pointed out, Gillespie gave an interview to DigitalSpy in 2017 to mark the twentieth anniversary of “I Know What You Did Final Summer time” and mentioned it was him who pushed to solid Prinze Jr. within the function.
“No one wished Freddie; they thought he was too comfortable, he wasn’t muscular sufficient, so Freddie in all probability screen-tested 4 or 5 occasions,” Gillespie mentioned on the time. “He obtained to the purpose the place he was saying, ‘I’m accomplished’, and I actually needed to plead with him to keep it up as a result of I wished him. I believed he was going to be nice with it. He went to the fitness center and labored out, modified his weight loss program and his hair reduce. I caught to my weapons and ultimately they went, ‘Sure’.”
Prinze Jr. and his “I Know What You Did Final Summer time” co-star Jennifer Love Hewitt could be returning to the horror franchise sooner or later. The duo starred within the 1998 sequel “I Nonetheless Know What You Did Final Summer time,” and now Sony is trying to reboot the franchise with director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (“Do Revenge”). The brand new sequel is in early improvement on the studio, with the each actors in talks to reprise their roles. Leah McKendrick is on board to jot down the script for the undertaking. Neal H. Moritz can be in talks to return as producer.