Matthew Lillard is standing up for his former co-star. During a Twitter Spaces conversation with Midnite Movie Club, the 52-year-old actor defended Neve Campbell’s decision to walk away from the Scream franchise due to a pay dispute.
“Did Tom Cruise take less money for [the Top Gun sequel]? F**k no dude. So why is a woman supposed to take less? Why wouldn’t you pay her more as the series goes on?” Lillard said. “Was Scream 5 a hit or not a hit? It was a smash hit. Did they make a s**t ton of money? Yes.”
“Should Neve Campbell be paid for the work she’s done in five movies of a franchise? Yes, because she’s a female lead of one of the most successful horror franchises,” he continued, adding that the situation is “infuriating.”‘
Jamie Kennedy, who played Randy in multiple Scream films, likewise sided with Campbell in the dispute, stating that the whole thing “is a clear example of how twisted the system is.”