Freddie Prinze Jr.’s ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ was an actor’s hell on set
Freddie Prinze Jr. is aware of what the director did that summer season.
While selling the March launch of his new horror film podcast, “That Was Pretty Scary,” Prinze Jr. sat down with TooFab to dish on the making of one among his most notable movies, the 1997 teen slasher flick “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”
Prinze Jr., who co-hosts the podcast with filmmaker Jon Lee Brody, revealed that his on-set expertise filming “I Know What You Did Last Summer” was, properly, form of scary.
“The director did not want me in this movie and made it clear all the time,” Prinze Jr. stated on the podcast episode. “I needed a guide. I needed a director. I needed direction, and he was not trying to give it.”
According to Prinze Jr., Jim Gillespie, who directed the movie, had his coronary heart set on “Clueless” actor Jeremy Sisto to play the function of Ray Bronson, however the studio and screenwriter Kevin Williamson noticed one thing in Prinze Jr. and wished him to play Bronson. Consequently, Prinze Jr. stated, Gillespie had it out for him.
Tension on set grew to become so intense that the then-21-year-old actor stated he wakened not eager to go to work, and finally thought of quitting performing altogether. “He would give everyone notes before we shot, except me,” Prinze Jr. stated. “He made it a point to single me out, every time.”
“I’ll give the man this . . . he made no bones about it,” Prinze Jr. advised TooFab. “There was no passive aggressiveness — which I hate — he was very direct in the fact that, ‘I don’t want you in this movie.’ So when that’s your first job and you hear those words, it just wrecks you, man. It just wrecks you.”
Prinze Jr. described receiving “psychotic notes” whereas filming, like, “Don’t leave your mouth open, you look stupid when you do that.”
“That was the exact note, word for word, I’ll never forget it,” Prinze Jr. stated. “And I’m like, I’m either gonna break down or I have to beat this guy’s ass. Like those were the only two options in my head. I remember Ryan [Phillippe] came up to me and was like, ‘Screw that guy, man. How many times did you audition for this movie?’ and I go, ‘Five times.’ He goes, ‘Yeah, you earned it. You didn’t get offered the role, you earned it.’”
Prinze Jr. went on to say Gillespie subjected him to harmful stunts that he had no enterprise performing and, on the podcast, advised a narrative about barely dodging a ship propeller accident that might have killed him.
The “She’s All That” actor insisted he held no sick will towards Gillespie, although. He stated that if he hadn’t finished the film, he by no means would have met his spouse, co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar, by no means would have furthered his profession and wouldn’t have the podcast he has now.