Zoinks! In an interview with Collider, actor Matthew Lillard gave his thoughts on his iconic Scream character, Stu Macher. Stu Macher was one of the main killers in the film, having previously been a fan of horror films himself.  Despite being one of his first major film roles, Lillard gave a hair-raising performance as a horror villain. Lillard sat down with Emma Kiely to discuss his recent film, Five Nights at Freddy’s.

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Doing it for the Fans

Despite how famous his character was, Lillard himself was not attached to Stu. He said “It’s a part I played. It’s like if you’re a plumber, do you care about the house you did down the street and around the corner? No, it’s your job.” Given how many characters Lillard portrayed over the years, this is an interesting perspective to have on his profession. 

Surprisingly, Lillard emphasized that he is attached to the character because of how important he is to Scream fans. He continued and said “So, what is important to me is that what it means to other people is deeply relevant when you see them all the time, and powerful. It’s not something I understood before that.” Perhaps this constitutes being an artist, not simply creating but reveling in the joy it brings others. 

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Generally, the storied history of actor Matthew Lillard is with the horror genre. While Scream is the most prominent example, he has starred in many others. Many will recognize him as Shaggy in the Scooby-Doo movies and as the most iconic voice for the character. Despite how much time passed since his last horror film, Lillard has made his horrific return in this year’s Five Nights at Freddy’s film adaptation and will appear in horror legend Mike Flanagan’s The Life of Chuck.

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