David Arquette exclusive: 'Scream 4' director Wes Craven says the actor 'was in a lot of pain'

David-Arquette-Wes-CravenImage Credit: Richard Shotwell/PR Photos; Inset: Chris Hatcher/PhotosScream 4 director Wes Craven is busy finishing up post-production on the newest installment in the horror franchise, due in theaters April 15, but he says he’s not concerned about star David Arquette’s recently announced trip to rehab or Arquette’s separation from wife and co-star Courteney Cox affecting either actors’ plans to promote the movie. Says Craven, “Those are both very professional people. I’m glad to hear that David is going into rehab. I saw him a little bit more because he was present during more of the shoot than Courteney. He was in a lot of pain, so it’s good that he’s getting some help.” The director adds that the star couple’s split surprised even him. “Frankly, none of us knew anything was going on [during filming],” says Craven. “I don’t know what their problems are, but it’s not that they hate each other that’s for sure. It’s something else.”

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  • dee123

    Uh-oh! has Wes let the cat out of the bag? Dewey has a more present role than Gale? She’s dead for sure.

    • HD

      I thought the same thing and I’ll be so mad (but cool if it benefits the story) if they kill Gale!

      • bruno

        that was my first reaction too. gale and her face are done in sooner than dewy. the only non shocker in this installment is that i think it’s safe to say all the oldies are going to bite it. sorry syd.

    • DDB

      I’m hoping he just meant that David was on set more because Courteney’s “Cougar Town” filming schedule conflicted! Filming for “Scream 4″ went through September in Michigan, and I think “Cougar Town” began production on Season 2 in late July/August. Fingers crossed!

    • B-

      Gail is violently attacked in the film but doesn’t die. Dewey saves her just in time and she spends the rest of the film in the hospital. The only person from the original that is present in the finale of the film is Sydney.

  • Michael

    Also if you remember via set photos and such, David definitely hung around set during down time then Courtney. She may also have been with Coco a lot more.

  • matt

    It could also have nothing to do with their scenes or screen time–David might have literally been ON THE SET more than courtney–hanging out, watching other things being shot, etc. He didn’t say he had more screen time to her or anything, just that he was there more. Maybe she shot her scenes inbetween doing her show so she didn’t have time to hang around.

  • Harry

    It has already been reported that Courtney had a limited time to film her scenes due to her Cougar Town schedule. I think it was a few weeks or a month to film all of her scenes so they probably finished her and then did the rest allowing David to be around more often.

    I hope this is true because I love Gale and would hate to see her die! Oh…can’t wait til this is released to find out!

  • Todd

    I have mixed feelings… Dewey shouldve died in Part 2. Killing Syd would just kill it for me, and I hope Gale lives…but this sure doesn’t sound like it… maybe she’s the Drew Barrymore of Scr4am… probly put the 4 in the wrong place.

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