Freddie Prinze Jr Almost Quit Acting Because the Director of I Know What You Did Last Summer

Freddie Prinze Jr. has opened up about his experience making the 1997 slasher film, I Know What You Did Last Summer. which he credits with launching his career and introducing him to his now wife, Sarah Michelle Gellar. Prinz is forever grateful for the film. But he also vividly remembers almost leaving Hollywood for his experience with director Jim Gillespie.

Gillespie is dead-set on casting Jeremy Sisto

According to Prinze, Gillespie was dead-set on casting Jeremy Sisto but was ultimately overruled by the studio and writer Kevin Williamson. This was not a good sign for Prinze.

Did not rush

“I’ll give it to the guy, I think his name is Jim, he didn’t make a fuss about it. There was no passive aggression—which I hate. He was very direct in the fact that ‘I’m going to show you this movie. I don’t want to,'” Prinze told ToFab. “So when it’s your first job and you hear those words, it just ruins you, man. It only ruins you.

Without the support of Ryan Phillippe and Gellar

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The situation continued to deteriorate during filming. Because Gillespie either excluded Prinze or left him out entirely when giving notes on scenes. Without the support of co-stars Ryan Phillippe and Gellar, Prinze said he almost left the picture.

Not pissed about the Prinz movie at all

At the end of the day, Prinze isn’t upset about the movie at all, and again, he credits it for helping him land other roles and his marriage. He is also grateful to Gillespie because every other director after him was easy.

Prinze said, “I’m forever grateful to Jim for being such an asshole because I’ve never met one like that.” “I’m down for every little a-hole in the business.”

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