David Arquette on How He Became an Actor
Though he grew up in a family of actors, 'Scream' star David Arquette said he was initially turned off by the idea of joining the business. However, things changed in high school when he was approached to audition for the school play.
"These girls came up to me and said, 'Listen, they're doing the school play and they can't find their guy and he gets to ride through the auditorium on a motorcycle.' And I was like, 'Really?' So I tried out for it."
"These girls came up to me and said, 'Listen, they're doing the school play and they can't find their guy and he gets to ride through the auditorium on a motorcycle.' And I was like, 'Really?' So I tried out for it." Naturally, he got the part.
"It was really amazing, because I got into drama from a real theater experience."
With the help of his high school drama teacher, Arquette continued to pursue acting, and gave a memorable monologue at a Drama Teachers Association festival, in which he placed second. That moment, he says, was "a clue to me that I had something there."
Arquette went on to star in a number of popular movies, including the wildly successful 'Scream' franchise. "That film, for me, really changed my life," he said of the first 'Scream' movie.
Still, Arquette says his best work is yet to come. "It's really gonna take the right director, and the right role and the right script. And hopefully it'll be something very human, but also with comedic edge [and] some drama, too." When that comes, we'll definitely be watching.
David Arquette's new movie is 'The Legend of Hallowdega,' an original short film about the Talladega Superspeedway directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Arquette and Justin Kirk, with special appearances by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Darrell Waltrip and more. Chapter 1 of the movie will air just prior to the race broadcast on ESPN at 1PM ET on Oct. 31, 2010; the entire short film will be available Halloween night at the 'Legend of Hallowdega' website.
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