“As a woman, I have had to work extremely hard in my career to establish my value, especially when it comes to SCREAM, I felt the offer that was presented to me did not equate to the value I have brought to the franchise,” the actress told Deadline.
David Arquette was the first one to weigh in:
“I’d love for her to be a part of it. A SCREAM movie without Sidney is kind of unfortunate, but I understand her decision. It’s all a business in a way, they have to balance all these elements to fit a budget and produce a film.”
Jamie Kennedy took his Youtube channel to an emotional testimony:
“Can I tell you something about Neve? She is one of the most, if not the most pure-hearted person you’ll ever meet. She is a deep beautiful artistic soul. She gives herself 100% when she does something. Have you ever heard one bad thing about her? […] You see her in the news for her work!”
Later, Matthew Lillard pondered the inequality of salaries over Twitter Spaces (time stamp 8:23 to 11:07):
“Why is a woman supposed to take less? […] Why wouldn’t you pay her more as the series goes on? And SCREAM 5 [was] a hit or not a hit? It was a smash hit! […] Should Neve Campbell be paid for the work she’s done in five movies of the franchise? Yes, because she is a female lead of one of the most successful horror franchises. In fact, I think it’s the most successful horror franchise.”
[Edit – 06.12] Matthew Lillard tweeted: