“Scream 3” – 11th Anniversary (2)

Today we end our Scream 3 special recovering an interview with Courteney Cox and David Arquette in October 1999 while they were filming Scream 3. Bob Goen, host of Entertainment Tonight, visited the set. This is the article which was published on the web ten years ago.

One More Stab

October 10, 1999

'Scream' queen COURTENEY COX ARQUETTE is becoming Gale Weathers again for the third installment in the 'Scream' series. Get the scoop as she chats with us from the set of 'Scream 3'! 

BOB GOEN: I was talking to DAVID (ARQUETTE) and I was thinking about your schedule — between this, 'Shrink' and "Friends," working out and pulling hip flexors and all that, you don't look as exhausted as I would expect you to be!

COURTENEY COX ARQUETTE: Thank you! I have a lot of makeup on!

BOB: But are you tired? Does it wear you down after a while?

COURTENEY: It has been such an exciting summer and an exciting time. Doing 'The Shrink Is In' was such an important movie for me because it's something I really believed in. It was a big deal for me and I executive produced it. I had so much energy riding on the excitement of doing that and then getting married — you know how exciting that can be! Then we went away and I relaxed so much. I read three books and did nothing. It was so relaxing. This is a great time. I love doing 'Scream' so much. I'm tired, but I don't want to complain!

BOB: This has got to be a comfortable place for you. Tell me about the friendships and all that.

COURTENEY: Well, a lot of people have been through all three of them. WES CRAVEN is one of my favorite people. He's such a wonderful, sweet man. He was at my wedding — he really is a special friend to me. It's a great team. I could go on and on, but it is kind of like going home. Like after a summer when I go back to "Friends."

BOB: Is there the same kind of excitement over this particular installment of the trilogy?

COURTENEY: Yes — probably more, in a way. We had a great time in the first one and in the second one, but they were different. I think they have taken the best of everything and put it all in the third one. I really think it's the best one. It's really funny. NEVE (CAMPBELL) is a real important character in this movie because she grounds in such reality. I was watching her — it's like, "Wow! This makes it so real!" Then you have characters like Gale and Dewey who are a little over the top and silly. PARKER POSEY is in this one and she plays Gale Weathers in the making of 'Stab 3.'

BOB: So she's playing you?

COURTENEY: She's playing me and she's hysterical.

BOB: Does she have you down?

COURTENEY: She has me — up it a few notches.

BOB: Did you have to teach her you?

COURTENEY: I always thought that Parker and I looked alike so much anyway — and then to see her with the blonde streaks, the ones I wore in 'Scream.'

BOB: So your character is playing an entertainment show reporter?


BOB: Where do you go for your research for that character? Please say me!

COURTENEY: You! She started out as a newscaster and she was on gossip shows, and she is in charge of "Total Entertainment."

BOB: The plot is not convoluted — but it is confusing.

COURTENEY: In thrillers you have to keep people guessing, so there's a lot of stuff going on, which makes it more interesting. It has to be that way. I couldn't give you a one-liner, other than they are making a movie called 'Stab 3.' Some stuff goes down — you know what I'm saying. Gale gets a load of it, she comes by, Dewey comes by, Sidney comes by. We all meet up! That's about it! People come by for some running, screaming, chasing and stabbing!

BOB: So then this has been shrouded in secrecy! You're not allowed to say anything?

COURTENEY: The only secret I have is who the murderers are.

BOB: Now, the big debate is behind you — on the back of your chair it says "Courteney Arquette." What are you officially going with?

COURTENEY: I'm going with Courteney Cox Arquette with no hyphen. When I was a kid I always wanted to change my name. It feels good — it feels like I'm really committed. It makes him happy.

BOB: Is that what is on your driver's license?

COURTENEY: It's for real — my Social Security card, everything!

Deputy David

October 11, 1999

DAVID ARQUETTE will ham up the big screen again reprising his role of the loveable Deputy Dewey Riley for 'Scream 3.' Read on as he talks about his wife, COURTENEY COX ARQUETTE, and making 'Scream 3.' 

BOB GOEN: So you're going to shave your mustache off now?

DAVID ARQUETTE: Yes, it's history.

BOB: You know what you should do? Shave half of it and then go home and show Courteney — act like nothing is wrong. How would she react to that?

DAVID: I'm not exactly sure. We should try that out, Bob!

BOB: So you've wrapped today. Was it an exhausting shoot?

DAVID: It was strenuous, but fun. It's great to work with WES (CRAVEN). It's always such a treat — he's such a great director. The cast — NEVE (CAMPBELL) is the glue to this movie. She really holds it all together and keeps it all alive. She grounds the movie. It's always a treat to work with Courteney. It's a dream. In a business where it is so hard to find time for each other, to be able to work with each other and interact is such a treat.

BOB: Then you go home and run lines and work out characters….

DAVID: Yeah, sometimes. We're pretty good about leaving work at work.

BOB: What's your relationship with Courteney in the film?

DAVID: It's sort of similar to the past ones — there's that tension. We are not really sure we're supposed to be together.

BOB: So there is some sexual tension there — now we are getting somewhere!

DAVID: That's right!

BOB: That would be easy, I would assume!

DAVID: That's right. It is good! After you get married, the sex just goes out the window! (laughs) I'm kidding.

BOB: Oh, man, is she going to nail you for this! Speaking of which, are you planning a family?

DAVID: We'd love to, but it will take a while. We are both really career oriented.

BOB: It sounds like things are going great for you guys — there's a lot of lovey-dovey stuff going on out there. You just can't keep your hands off that woman!

DAVID: That's right, especially on the set. We are so comfortable together. It's a lighthearted place and we fell in love on the set.

BOB: So can you possibly explain this movie? There's this big shroud of secrecy around it.

DAVID: There is. We're not allowed to say too much. We can let you in on certain elements. It takes place in Los Angeles, in Hollywood. It's very much a tongue-in-cheek attitude toward Hollywood. It being a movie inside a movie, there are people playing us, and so on and so forth.

BOB: See, you can't do it! (laughs)

DAVID: OK — 'Stab' is a film about what had happened in the 'Scream' movies. The 'Scream' movies are the realities of these characters based around Neve's character, Sydney Prescott. Courteney's character writes these books, one became the 'Stab 1' movie, then 'Stab 2' was 'Scream 2.' It's a play on a movie inside of a movie.

BOB: It gets harder, doesn't it? (laughs) What I do know is that Courteney plays an entertainment reporter, not unlike what I'm doing.

DAVID: That's really true — maybe you're the man in the mask!

BOB: Is it really difficult to go home with a woman who could be an entertainment reporter?

DAVID: No, absolutely not. It's so funny — when she gets into that mode, she gets real frisky! Much like yourself, Bob! (laughs)

BOB: (laughs) Thank you! When people describe me, frisky is usually the first word that comes!

Here ends our little tribute to Scream 3. Before ending we offer the new image of the documentary Still Screaming, which has been posted on the facebook account. Patrick Warburton (Scream 3).

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