David Arquette on Returning to ‘Scream,’ Bozo the Clown and the Review That Makes Him Laugh

Things you didn’t know about David Arquette:
But for me, if I like a kids movie, I’ll do a kids movie because I have kids. But if you’ve been in Hollywood long enough, you recognize that there’s a roller coaster of sort of highs and lows, so you have to figure out how to withstand the winters. If somebody trusts me enough to do a dramatic role, I’m happy to. But I’ve always just tried to do different stuff. To this day, people still don’t necessarily think of me as a dramatic actor, for sure. So typecasting is fine when the alternative is your phone’s not ringing at all. A lot of people are more calculated about their choices.
It’s been more than 10 years since “Scream 4”; did you ever expect to come back?
Horror hero: He’s a big fan of Ari Aster’s films “Midsommar” and “Hereditary.”” />
What do people most want to talk to you about when they see you? You’ve done such a wide variety of projects.
And I have a teacher who's pointed out there's a lot of lessons that they teach that are very similar to to wrestling. A lot of wrestling fans recognize me now since my documentary, “You Cannot Kill David Arquette.” I’m not wrestling at the moment; it’s hard on the body. It’s an amazing world. “Scream.” Or wrestling. To make sure you’re quick but your actions are purposeful and safe at the same time. But I’ve learned a lot from wrestling — actually learned about acting, about being in the moment, taking your beats, taking your time. I'm studying clowning right now.
He’s a horror icon. It would be silly for them not to. But I didn’t know how or when. It’s such an iconic brand and series and killer. There was also the series, so I always felt like it was alive in these multiverses. I mean, I figured.
Are you going to play him?
Age: 50
And it’s great to see that Woodsboro is more diverse, a reflection of the world we live in. That really reminded me of us when we were younger — the way they all got along. It’s scary and it’s really funny. They took the world and expanded on it, and it’s got this incredible new cast. And the writers as well. Well, I could tell you that [directors] Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett did an incredible job.
You’ve done your share of dramatic roles, but did you ever worry you were being typecast in comedies?|
What sparked the interest in clowning?
Clowns are designed to sort of make us laugh at ourselves and allow you to laugh at them. In fact, it took my 15 years but I've secured the rights to his story. Clowns are sort of a reflection of society. So I don't consider scary clowns really clowns. And especially in America right now,  there's such a focus on the scary clown, which isn't really a clown. Well, I've loved Bozo the Clown since I was a kid. And, Bozo's the perfect sort of Ambassador for a mission like that. We're trying to sort of bring back the kind clown.
We'll see. I'm not sure. (Laughs) Those are big shoes to fill.
I’d love to talk to you about “Scream,” but I’m guessing you can’t tell me much.
Birthplace: Bentonville, Va.
Have you ever read something about yourself that you just had to laugh? You’ve said you avoid reading reviews.
14. Now Arquette will reprise his role as lovable Dewey Riley in the fifth “Scream” film in the iconic horror series, hitting theaters Jan. Though David Arquette is a member of an acting dynasty (his parents and sister Alexis were both actors, as are siblings Patricia, Richmond and Rosanna), he originally didn’t think acting was for him after repeatedly auditioning as a kid and never being cast. It was only through the encouragement of a high school teacher, Ben DeBaldo, that he discovered his love for the craft and the confidence to try again.
But my favorite review said something like “I couldn’t get past the fact that I feel the wrong Arquette was cast in this role.” They meant Alexis, and honestly, Alexis would have crushed it. I did “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” and I played Frank N. Yeah, it was my favorite review ever. Furter. I was like, “That guy was right.” It was this tough, tough, tough experience. It would have been far better. One night, Alexis was doing a show, and she did a performance to “Sweet Transvestite” and just tore the house down.

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