Courteney Cox On Why She Came Back For ‘Completely Different’ Scream 5

Courteney Cox as spilled the beans ahead of the release of Scream (Picture: Startraks/Rex/Paramount)

Courteney Cox wouldn’t have returned for Scream 5 if it had been a sequel.

The 57-year-old actress will reprise her role as Gale Weathers in the film upcoming fifth movie in the horror franchise – simply called Scream – and she admitted she would have had some hesitation had it not been a relaunch.

She told Total Film magazine: “If it had been in the same vein, or if it had been a fifth, yes, I would think that’s insane. But because this is a reboot and a completely different movie? I read it and thought, ‘Wow, this is fantastic.’

She weighed in on the franchise’s longevity and enduring popularity, pointing to the mystery of the Ghostface killer.

She added: “I think it’s because you don’t know who the killer is. And I repeat it really: this is a restart. This is not Scream 5.

“If the last movie you saw was Scream 4, you might not want to jump into it anymore. That’s not it at all. It’s completely different. You have the legacy characters, but the scariest part is that Ghostface can be anyone.”

Courteney Cox, Jamie Kennedy and Neve Campbell in the 1996 original (Photo: Miramax/Kobal/Rex/Shutterstock)
Campbell and Cox in Scream 5 (Photo: Paramount)

A well-known aspect of the film is to see Cox reunite with her ex-husband David Arquette in the film as he will once again play Dewey Riley, who Cox described as “really nice” and referred to her other long-standing projects such as Friends and Cougar. Town, where she also enjoyed relationships “where you get to work with the same characters over and over.”

Despite this, Cox sees her character in a different place for the new film.

She explained: “Gale is now working on a morning show. She has the respect of a job where she’s in charge and has an audience that’s just right for her.’

The actress described Gale as being professional in a “better place” and shared that she doesn’t think the same can be said of her character’s personal life.

Cox with ex-husband David Arquette in 2011’s Scream 4 (Photo: Dimension Films/Kobal/Rex/Shutterstock)

She added: “But you know, she’s very selfish, so I’m not sure she’ll ever become someone who will find happiness that way.”

The actress recently laughed when she got a sex toy by Gwyneth Paltrow‘s new Goop range, joking that it was a new way to help her massage her tennis elbow.

Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth has focused her efforts in recent years on her lifestyle brand Goop, which has become a roaring success, if not sometimes controversial.

From the “This Smells Like My Vagina” candle to golden dildos and “jade eggs,” which were marketed as balancing your menstrual cycle and improving your sex life (claims unsupported by science), Gwyneth has even branched out to host a new Netflix show where she helps couples get more intimate with each other.

Scream 5 hits theaters on January 14, 2022.

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