"I would love to be a superhero"
would love to be a superhero," Freddie Prinze Jr. says, not
joking. "That's my main dream." At 22, the smooth and
soulful star of I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and its
$72 million-grossing predecessor dreams of many things. "I'd
love to be a cowboy; I'd love to be a husband, a big brother,
a little brother-there are so many roles out there that I haven't
even gotten to touch."
has always been in Prinze's blood-his father, the late Freddie
Prinze, was the star of television's Chico and the Man-but a career
in front of the camera came more from necessity than from desire.
"I grew up in Albuquerque, where my only chances of survival
were to go to junior college or to work at Price Club," Prinze
says. "I couldn't afford to go to college; we were losing
our house....I had acted a little bit, so I moved out here."
was a decision that did not thrill his mother. After all, his
father's road to fame ended in suicide, when the actor was just
22. "It's weird, because we're now the same age," Prinze
says. "But knowing how I felt as a kid, I don't want to mess
up like that. In a way, my father taught me the greatest lesson
in life, and that's to make sure the people around you feel loved.
That's something that maybe he wouldn't have been able to teach
me if he were alive. So I owe him one."
Prinze is fulfilling some of his dreams; he played a "coke-addicted,
woman-raping" bad guy in the recent gambling drama Vig, costarring
Peter Falk and Timothy Hutton. And in Wing Commander, a space
adventure based on the popular CD-ROM game, he'll fly throuh space,
navigating black holes without the aid of a computer. But there's
still more. "I gotta be tough," he says. "I gotta
get a movie where I'm just badass." Note to casting directors:
Star available. Cape optional.
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