During the promotion of "The Romantics" the actor told a little bit about the experience of filming with Ghostface and about the levels of meta films.
So you’re playing a detective in Scream 4—
It’s a deputy, really. Deputy to now-Sheriff Dewey.
How did that go?
It was fun! It’s also a funny one where it’s all night shoots. It was cool and kind of surreal — not just to see Ghostface, but there was one night where Wes [Craven] was directing Ghostface in his mask. He’s like, “Ghostface, you’re over there…” It was just surreal: “God, I wish I had my camera.” But to do the scenes not only in “Woodsboro,” or do them with Ghostface, but to do them with David Arquette, Courteney Cox and Neve Campbell was weird. It’s cool, but it truly is a surreal experience, just because I remember walking into the movie theater when I was 16 and…
You were a Scream fan?
Yeah, absolutely. How could you not be? Totally enjoyed the movie.
There was a conversation recently about the levels of meta that Scream and other contemporary films draw from — that Scream 4 draws from Scream, and Scream itself called out the conventions of a whole genre — and how self-awareness just kind of trickles down. And—
Well, this one’s like meta on meta on meta. Self-referencing on self-referencing. But again, because the first one is about movies, and this one’s about movies and all the murders that have taken place onscreen over the years. This one’s all about commenting on itself. And I like that. It’s part of the fun. But that’s right: I think everything is more meta and self-referential now. I think people are more plugged-in, communication works faster, people are more educated about it — how it did or whatever. Even Apatow — there’s nothing “meta” about it, but it references events. People are doing more of that in movies and pop culture in the moment.