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I Know What You Did Last Summer Star Shares ‘A-hole’ Director’s ‘Psychotic’ Notes
I Know What You Did Last Summer Star Shares 'A-hole' Director's 'Psychotic' Notes,Freddie Prinze Jr. details his miserable experience shooting I Know What You Did Last Summer because of the film's director and his "psychotic notes."

I Know What You Did Last Summer Star Shares ‘A-hole’ Director’s ‘Psychotic’ Notes

Freddie Prinze Jr., who was one of the four leads in 1997's I Know What You Did Last Summer, detailed his not-so-pleasant experience shooting the '90s slasher movie due to the film's director.

Prinze Jr. spoke to TooFab to promote the launch of his horror movie podcast That Was Pretty Scary, which covered I Know What You Did Last Summer in its first episode. During the conversation, the actor said he had a miserable experience making the film because of director Jim Gillespie, who he alleges was rude to him because he didn't want Prinze Jr. to play the role of Ray Bronson, boyfriend of Jennifer Love Hewitt's Julie James. The actor said, "I'll give the man this, I think his name is Jim, he made no bones about it. 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.”


Freddie Prinze Jr.'s Awful Filming Experience

Gillespie reportedly wanted Jeremy Sisto of Clueless fame to play the role of Ray, but screenwriter Kevin Williamson and the studio wanted Prinze Jr. instead. It's for this reason the actor believes the director began giving him "psychotic notes" during filming, such as "don't leave your mouth open [because] you look stupid when you do that." The actor admits that he almost quit the movie because of his treatment on set. Prinze Jr. continued, "It was a struggle to finish work every day. I was in pain every single day on that movie. However, it prepared me for this business in a way. I'm forever grateful to Jim for being such an asshole because I've never met one like that since… no other director I've met felt crossing those lines would be okay."

Despite the rough experience, Prinze Jr. said his co-star Ryan Phillippe was very supportive during his ordeal. The actor said, "I remember Ryan [Philippe] 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.'"

The Legacy of I Know What You Did Last Summer

I Know What You Did Last Summer is loosely based on the 1973 novel of the same name and centers on four friends who are stalked by a hook-wielding killer one year after covering up a car accident. The film followed the direct success of 1996's Scream, also written by Williamson, and became a big hit in its own right, grossing $125.3 million globally on a $17 million budget. The movie was followed by 1998's I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, which also saw Prinze Jr. return as Ray.

An I Know What You Did Last Summer sequel of sorts is in the works, which could reunite Prinze Jr. with his co-star, Love Hewitt. Do Revenge director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson is attached to helm the project for Sony Pictures, but despite previously being reported to be in talks to return, Prinze Jr. said he has not received a formal offer to join the project.

Source: TooFab, via Variety