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David Arquette Reveals How He Found Out if Dewey Survived In Latest Scream

April 24, 2022 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
David Arquette Scream 2022 Image Credit: Paramount Pictures

Warning: Spoilers follow for the latest Scream.

David Arquette recently discussed his return in January’s Scream and when he found out whether Dewey survived or not in the film. Arquette spoke with Empire and revealed that he learned about Dewey’s death only when he read the script, and talked about filming the character’s death scene at the hands of the latest Ghostface.

“I haven’t talked about it much. It’s a very fresh wound,” Arquette told the outlet. “They had not given me a heads-up, so I was like [mimes thumbing through the script], ‘Wow, Dewey’s got some good stuff to play this time!’ And then, ‘Oh, that’s why!’ I had to put it down, I had to walk around and kind of process it. I understood where they were coming from, as far as gutting their audience. It was hard. It’s been such an ongoing film series throughout my life, 25 years of my life, so it definitely cut deep.”

Dewey dies in the film when, after saving Tara (Jenna Ortega) and Sam (Melissa Berrera) by firing several rounds into Ghostface during a hospital scene, he goes back to finish the job. Unfortunately he’s briefly distracted by an incoming phone call from Gale (Courteney Cox) and the killer brutally dispatches him in a very definitive death.

Arquette talked about filming the scene, saying that he “got up, cooked myself some breakfast, and then I went to work and did the scene. I didn’t know exactly what was going to happen. We amped up the fight scene a little because I’m a professional wrestler. We made it a little more intense. If you have a lot of action, you’re going to get banged up a little, and if you have blood on you, the longer it goes it’s just kind of sticky and uncomfortable. So you’ve got to get into a Zen place, so you’re not angry. And I was angry anyway. So I just had to get into a real Zen place, just breathe through and know that this will be over soon. But it was emotional. I did it, and I hopped in my car, drove home, washed all the blood off, and that was it. I packed up a few things and then hit the road.”

The sequel is now available to stream on Paramount+ and was a hit in theaters, grossing $140 million worldwide. A sixth film is in the works with a March 31st, 2023 release date set.