• Mike Holtz

"Shit, by a van?" Jamie Kennedy Talks About Randy's Death & Importance To The 'Scream' Franchise

There's always some simple, bullshit reason to kill your girlfriend. That's the beauty of it all. Simplicity! Besides, if it gets too obvious, you lose your target audience. Oh, Hi! Didn't see you standing there.

Anyways, in the midst of an interview for his 50th Birthday stand up special on Tubi, CheatSheet.com asked Jamie Kennedy (Scream, Scream 2, Malibu's Most Wanted) about the upcoming 'Scream 5' (If it's eventually titled that). He said:

"I think the horror fans of today are going to see with the new 'Scream 5', they're going to get the feel of what it was but I think it'll have a new today's twist on it, which I think is going to be probably awesome. It's going to be awesome"

Obviously, Randy Meeks can't come back for 'Scream 5' because he was quite clearly killed off in 'Scream 2' in that goddamn van scene. Don't get me wrong, it was a cool set up for an important kill. The final payoff felt lacking, however. Thanks for dicking us once again, MPAA! Speaking of being killed off in 'Scream 2', Kennedy had this to say:

“Look, I had a good run. It was a good run. People really love my character. I think the fans, there’s not a day that goes by where I’m in public where I don’t run into somebody where they just say, ‘Randy, you should’ve never been killed.’ Their voice was silenced when I was killed because I was the voice of the characters of the audience. The audience lived through that character, through Randy. “Do I regret it? No, that’s what makes 'Scream' great, because you kill people off that you love and you care about. Then you don’t know what the next one is. That will keep you on your toes, so they keep killing off important figures, or characters. That’s what keeps the series so vibrant.”

I couldn't possibly agree more. Randy was such an important character to those first two films that they even tried to bring him back with a recorded video in 'Scream 3'. He was the literal embodiment of the "meta" stuff that defined 'Scream' so well. He went on to talk about exactly how he felt getting killed off in 'Scream 2':

“We only got a certain amount of pages at a time. So for a while I was like, ‘Yes, yes, yes.’ Then like page 70 or 68 I was like, ‘Shit. By a van? Why did he walk in front of a van? He would never do that, the only van on campus?’ I was like damn, but it was a great spin. I was so surprised. I didn’t even know I was going to be in the second one so I was lucky.”

It's nice to see how thankful Jamie Kennedy was just to be in the first two films (again, kinda the third one) and one does wonder if he should have ever been killed off in the first place. I imagine that writer Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven thought, "We have to kill of somebody important" and possibly wondered if Randy's character was so over the top that his schtickt would have worn thin with fans over the multiple sequels they had planned.

Either way, it's the millenium. Motives are incidental.

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