First introduced as the gawky older brother of protagonist Sidney Prescott’s best pal Tatum in Wes Craven’s 1996 original, Dewey looks to be “finally getting a little bit of respect” in the new movie as he attempts to school Ghostface‘s new, younger targets on how to evade the masked murderer.
Now, ahead of the eagerly anticipated sequel’s release on Friday (January 14), Arquette admitted to Digital Spy that “it felt good” to see the moustachioed fan favourite adopt a more authoritative role when things start to go seriously sideways.
“Someone’s taking him seriously, so that was good for him,” he explained.
While Scream 2 predominantly took place at a college in Ohio, the super-meta Scream 3 saw Ghostface terrorising Sidney (Neve Campbell), Dewey, Courteney Cox’s Gale Weathers and a whole bunch of actors in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
Scream 4, however, saw the seasoned survivors return to Woodsboro to face off against another copycat killer. Scream, the new outing, will do the same.
When asked whether she could have imagined 25 years ago that herself and the team – minus Craven, who sadly passed away in 2015 – would still be making Scream movies in 2022, Campbell admitted: “I would have been like, ‘You’re crazy. There’s no way that’s going to happen.’
“And here we are. I mean, it’s the dream, right? To make the film that people love enough that they want to continue watching it 25 years later. It’s fantastic. And for us to get to play characters that we love playing for this long is a great honour.”
Elsewhere, Marley Shelton, who first played Dewey’s deputy Judy Hicks in 2011’s Scream 4 also spoke about the 10-year gap between Scream 4 and the new movie, sharing: “When you create a character, it’s in your hard drive. So you just have to sort of find it, and remember it, and it’s in there.
“But the difference was that some things have happened to Judy, right? She’s now the sheriff of the town, instead of just the deputy, and she has a 16-year-old son,” she continued.
“So it was trying to imagine: OK, how would Judy… What would Judy’s reaction be to these new developments in her life, but still be intrinsically Judy?”
Scream will be released in cinemas on January 14.
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