New Scream cast talks working with the returning legacy actors

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Scream, the fifth installment of the horror series, revives the franchise, as well as bringing Sidney Prescott, Gail Weathers and Davey Riley back to Woodsboro, with Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette returning to their iconic roles.

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However, taking center stage is a new set of characters who must face the brutal Ghostface, the knife-wielding killer hiding behind that terrifying white mask.

GamesRadar+ sat down with the cast of Scream to talk about the film, and learned how the new actors were able to learn from Campbell, Cox, and Arquette.

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“It wasn’t solid advice,” says In the Heights’ Melissa Barrera, who plays Sam Carpenter, the central character in the film. “At least I didn’t get any. But just watching them, just watching them act, watching them so effortlessly back into the characters they played for 25 years, was fascinating and thrilling to watch. But at the same time, all the knowledge that They bring with them the stories of the first four movies, the stories they told us about what they went through, when they first met in the first movie, what it was like, how they didn’t expect it to become such a big deal. Hit. And looking at his professionalism, it was really a life lesson. It was a lesson for me, I loved watching him work.”

The Boys star Jack Quaid, who plays Sam’s boyfriend Richie, says: “I think Nev gave a solid piece of advice at a dinner that was just fun. Like, ‘This is such a funny thing. The film is there, and I want you guys to enjoy this experience as much as possible.’ And that’s what we needed to hear, because we shot this thing in the middle of a pandemic. We were all lucky enough to be working on what we cared about, what we thought it would be It was awesome. And it’s a Scream film, so I really tried to take it to heart and just try to take in every second.”

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As it turns out, the new cast may have a lot in common with the original as well. “I don’t remember who said it, but one of them [the legacy cast] The energy that we have, and the excitement that this new cast is bringing, reminds them of their energy on the first film in the franchise that they filmed,” says Sonia Ammar, who plays Liv McKenzie in the film. “And it was a really special thing because we just want to make them proud and make their fans proud, and we’re really happy to be a part of it.”

Scream hits theaters exclusively this January 14. While you wait, check out our guide to the best horror movies of all time for the ultimate horror movie marathon.

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