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Here's The Shockingly Star-Studded Cast Of "Scream 2" Exactly 20 Years Later

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1. Courteney Cox as Gale Weathers

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Fun Fact: The role of Gale Weathers was originally offered to Janeane Garofalo, but she turned it down. Coincidentally, Garofalo was also the first choice for Monica on Friends, but she turned that down too. Both roles ultimately went on to define Cox's career.

2. Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott

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Fun Fact: Campbell stated in an interview that she and the other cast members never expected Scream to become a beloved classic. They even joked about the possibility of Ghostface becoming a halloween costume.

3. David Arquette as Dewey Riley

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Fun Fact: Jerry O'Connell stated in an interview that even the cast was kept in the dark about who the killer was while they were shooting Scream 2. In fact, they took bets on who it was and David Arquette ended up winning.

4. Jamie Kennedy as Randy Meeks

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Fun Fact: In an interview, Kennedy expressed disappointment about his character Randy's demise. “Honestly, part of me thought that he should have gone to the dark side. He never got sex and he knew it, and underneath him, he was maniacal. Just to kill him off was like, ‘Come on, man!'”

5. Jada Pinkett Smith as Maureen Evans

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Fun Fact: In an interview with BET, Wes Craven praised Pinkett Smith's performance, although brief, and called her scene, "one of the most iconic scenes in the Scream series."

6. Omar Epps as Phil Stevens

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Fun Fact: Epps's notoriously brutal death at the beginning of Scream 2 is parodied by Shawn Wayans in Scary Movie... but it's not a knife that stabs him.

7. Liev Schreiber as Cotton Weary

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Fun Fact: Schreiber had maybe a split second of screen time in the first Scream, shown briefly in handcuffs after getting framed for murder. He stated in an interview that he was $70,000 in student debt at that time and that he never expected the movies to become so popular.

8. Sarah Michelle Gellar as Cici Cooper

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Fun Fact: Gellar appeared in two slasher films written by Kevin Williamson in the same year: I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream 2. In fact, on the day I Know What You Did Last Summer wrapped, she got right on a plane and flew to Atlanta to start filming Scream 2.

9. Elise Neal as Hallie McDaniel

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Fun Fact: Screenwriter Kevin Williamson had to rewrite the script for Scream 2 after it leaked online. In the original, Neal's character Hallie was one of the killers. Unfortunately, in the rewrite, she became one of the victims.

10. Joshua Jackson as Film Class Guy #1

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Fun Fact: Kevin Williamson, who wrote the Scream series, is also the creator of Dawson's Creek. Coincidentally, Joshua Jackson landed a prominent role in Dawson's Creek after briefly appearing as the nameless Film Class Guy #1 in Scream 2.

11. Timothy Olyphant as Mickey Altieri

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Fun Fact: In an interview, Olyphant stated that he auditioned for Scream multiple times and really wanted to be in the original before landing a role in the sequel. "I had virtually nothing on my resume at that point. I’m sure some of it was made up. That was a leap of faith they all took."

12. Jerry O'Connell as Derek Feldman

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Fun Fact: O'Connell sang "a little vocal number" in his audition that instantly won over the studio executives.

13. Heather Graham as Casey Becker in Stab

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Fun Fact: Heather Graham and Luke Wilson both have roles in Stab, the fictional movie-within-a-movie in Scream 2. Three years later, they'd star side-by-side in an actual movie, Committed, in which they play a married couple.

14. Luke Wilson as the actor who plays Billy Loomis in Stab

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Fun Fact: In Scream 2, Wilson makes a brief cameo as an actor in Stab, the movie-within-a-movie based on the events of the first Scream. He and Drew Barrymore, who has perhaps the most famous cameo in the first Scream, went on the star in multiple movies together and even dated.

15. Tori Spelling as herself

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Fun Fact: In the original Scream, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) jokes that if her "life were to be made into a TV movie," she'd probably be played by Tori Spelling. In Scream 2, Tori Spelling plays herself as the actress who's cast to play Prescott in Stab, the movie-within-a-movie based on the events of Scream.

16. Laurie Metcalf as Debbie Salt (Mrs. Loomis)

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Fun Fact: In the original Scream 2 script, Mrs. Loomis intended to frame Cotton Weary before being stabbed by him. After the original script leaked, this ending was changed.

17. Portia de Rossi as Sorority Sister Murphy

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Fun Fact: Scream 2 was Rossi's first role in a feature film after moving to the United States. During this time, she was working hard to get rid of her Australian accent.

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