In honor of the release of Scream 4, which opens today, EW is looking back at the original 1996 film and talking to cast members about their best production memories. Drew Barrymore played teenager Casey Becker, who was famously killed off in the opening ten minutes of Scream. The actress was originally approached to play the lead role of Sidney Prescott, which was eventually given to Neve Campbell, but Barrymore gravitated towards the opening sequence. “The first scene was really reminiscent to me of When A Stranger Calls, like these great things that left you wanting more,” says Barrymore. “And it was absolutely my favorite part, but I loved the whole thing.” EW talked to Barrymore about the original film, shooting her terrifying death scene, and working with director Wes Craven.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Why did you want to play Casey in Scream?
DREW BARRYMORE: I just read the script one night at my house and I just said, “Oh my God, there hasn’t been anything like this for so long.” I loved that it actually got tongue and cheeky but it was still scary and it was this great game that sort of described genres and revived them at the same time and redefined them all in one script. I went bananas.
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