Press Conference (May 4, 2001)
Scooby Doo Watch 2001 (Issue 28)
from their engagement party and Buffy's 100th episode in Los Angeles,
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr welcome Santi and
Carolyn from Big Hit to the set of Scooby Doo on the Gold Coast.
Here's what happened….
It's 10.30 on Friday, May 4 2001, as Big Hitters Santi and Carolyn
arrive on the Gold Coast set of Scooby Doo at Warner Bros Movie
World. One word: YEY!!! First stop is the editing suite to see
samples of Scooby Doo that are introduced by Charles "Chuck"
Roven. We are treated to scenes of Sarah (as Daphne) and Freddie
(as Fred) joined by Matthew Lillard (Shaggy) and Linda Cardellini
(Velma "the smart one, that's me") and ex-Home and Away
babe Isla Fisher as Mary Jane. From this footage it's easy to
tell that all the sets look awesome and that Matt is spot-on as
Shaggy - his voice is so good! Scooby himself well be animated
and will be dropped in to the movie later. As this is the case,
we see the cast acting opposite a man with a bright green face
pretending to be Scooby so the actors know where to look. We also
get a glimpse os Rowan Atkinson as Mondavarious (who Fred calls
Mr Monucleosis!), ex-Neighbours dude Kristen Schmid (as Brad the
Goth) and Pamela Anderson!
We are then taken to a set on a sound stage by executive producer
Richard Suckle, where a giant feast scene (there's a lot of food
on the table that will eventually attack the Scoobies) will take
place and also to where Matthew Lillard is filming. Dressed in
his Shaggy lime-green to and corduroy brown pants, very tall Matthew
is drinking coffee, waiting for his scene in the cave. There's
also two more "Shaggys", who are his stand-ins, wandering
around the set. We leave the sound stage and walk past Velma…
erm, that's actually Linda who is totally Velma! While waiting
for the Scooby gang to get together for our chat, we sit in a
tent next to the costume area and where all the extras eat. There's
plenty going on - including body-builders getting their costumes
fitted and make-up done. Meanwhile, over at the food area, Sarah
Michelle Gellar's stand-in reads a book in her Daphne costume.
We hop over to Movie World where Isla Fisher rushes up to our
Santi to say hi before the main press conference.
After chatting with good ol' Isles, we then head back to one of
the spooky sets that has been transformed in to a press conference
complete with chairs for each of the cast to sit in… with
their names on them! It is announced to address SMG as "Sarah".
With that out of the was, the Scoobies huddle outside the room
all dressed in character and are joined by Charles Roven, director
Raja Gosnell and Richard Supple. Sarah is sipping coffee and giggling
with Freddie (who hates having his hair re-dyed for three hours
every Sunday). The gang walk into the press conference, just inches
from where our Carolyn is sitting. (she reports that SMG is even
skinner than you would imagine, Freddie is very thin too, Matty
has hair extensions for his role and a;; the cast love Linda cos
she's just so darn friendly). Zoinks! Let the fun begin…
(excitedly looking up on the stage where the chairs are lined
up) Wait! We're in those high chairs?!
Freddie: Look at everyone quietly sitting there.
Matthew: (loudly) Yeeeeah!
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