For the upcoming "Scream 4" film, David Arquette once again dons the tan police uniform to play Dewey Riley, sheriff of Woodsboro, the hometown of Sidney Prescott and the original setting for the first "Scream" film.
The first movie came out in 1996 and is known for the ghost mask used by the films' killers. The fourth movie is set to hit theaters on Friday, April 15 and also stars original cast members Courteney Cox and Neve Campbell, as well as younger newcomers Kristen Bell, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, "Mad Men" and "Community" star Alison Brie, Adam Brody of "The O.C." and Rory Culkin, brother of Macaulay Culkin.
"It's just an amazing franchise to be a part of the excitement behind it, the fact that you can laugh and jump out of your seat," Arquette told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the premiere of the film on April 11, 2011. "It's just such a unique and interesting technique to sort of grasp. To me this is the best sequel of the series. It's the most like the first one and it's great to see actors that are sort of representative of the first film."
"I loved seeing the new kids that came in," Arquette said of his new cast members, which includes Roberts as Sidney Prescott's younger cousin Jill. "It's really interesting how this film paralleled the first one and it feels very similar. There's an electricity on the first film and there seemed like there was an electricity on this set."
When audiences last saw Dewey Riley at the end of "Scream 3" he had just proposed to reporter Gale Weathers, played by Arquette's now estranged wife Courteney Cox. Arquette says the "Scream franchise has "paralleled my life in a big way."
He and the 46-year-old actress met on the set of the original 1996 "Scream" film and married in June 1999. They have a daughter, Coco, who is 6. Cox and Arquette announced in October 2010 they had agreed to a trial separation. In January, Arquette underwent treatment for alcohol addiction.
"It's interesting. Dewey started as the deputy, he didn't get any respect so finally he's the sheriff now," Arquette told OnTheRedCarpet.com during a recent press junket. "He's like keeping the town safe, kinda feeling like the man but then all these murders start happening, everything starts to crumble and it's just like his worst nightmare come true."
He adds, "So it's funny, it's funny to play with that sort of human dynamic of a person in authority kind of questioning himself and worried that he's not keeping the place safe. He's very human."
As for why he returned to the "Scream 4," Arquette says, "You never really get the opportunity to do a film that spans 15 years. It's a real honor. "
He adds, "I just love the franchise, I love working with all these people and it's an entertaining movie to watch. I love watching it with an audience, seeing them jump. It's just fun. "
Some reports have said the two may have reconciled. Cox and Arquette recently appeared together at press events to promote "Scream 4."
Cox recently opened up about the separation in an interview with Harper's Bazaar.
Check out the trailer for "Scream 4", below.
Reporting by Chris Balish, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).