Are Matthew Lillard and Skeet Ulrich friends today?

“Scream” is an undeniable classic. From its clever script to its all-star cast, this slasher flick remains a favorite over 25 years after its 1996 release. According to actor Matthew Lillard, the film’s stars love him as much as the fans.

“I think it’s a super symbol of our youth,” Lillard explained to Us Weekly. “We had kind of done films and had experiences before, but nothing like that. we were babies There’s a sweetness to the film for all of us because it’s such a seminal part of our youth that it holds a special place and where we were then.” Alternatively, Lillard’s co-star and on-screen best friend Skeet Ulrich recalled the experience as long and chaotic.” That one scene, that kitchen scene, I think we shot for five working days,” Ulrich revealed. “It went on and on and on and on and it was such a high energy level that it was exhausting but at the same time, out of that exhaustion came some rather unexpected moments—like accidentally hitting Matt with the phone!” (The scene in question, of course, is the dramatic twist that reveals Ulrich and Lillard as the killers, Billy and Stu.)

Experiences like filming this iconic moment cemented Ulrich and Lillard’s friendship – but are they still friends today?

Ulrich and Lillard started off on the wrong foot

Although its comedic elements make Scream stand out, not everyone understood director Wes Craven’s vision, and when Skeet Ulrich first signed on for the film, he thought it was a drama. As a result, Ulrich and Matthew Lillard didn’t start on the best of feet, with the latter worrying that his co-star’s light-hearted approach might hurt the film’s quality.

“I think part of that was Billy’s mindset,” Ulrich told Entertainment Weekly. “I saw it as this very serious documentary about two killers in high school and I was doing research on serial killers and their psychology, so I didn’t really get into the humor of the story until I took one from day one,” he joked, as a result Lillard that Ulrich thought he and Jamie Kennedy were “ruining the movie.” Of course, Ulrich was quick to realize his mistake, but he opted to play Billy as the straight man for Stu. Their chemistry was electric, and the rest is cinema history.

After filming was completed, Ulrich and Lillard appeared close together at premiere parties, with photos showing the two joking around or laughing. The memories remain with Ulrich, who told Forbes, “I’ve done a lot of films that didn’t necessarily have the same emotional impact that this film had on my life. It’s humbling that he’s still successful, but it’s rewarding that we’re still friends, and that moment was unique in our lives for all of us.”

Are Billy and Stu in love in the parallel universe?

Aside from the initial hiccups, Skeet Ulrich and Matthew Lillard continue to soak up the nostalgia of “Scream”, often attending events together or giving interviews side-by-side. And whenever they meet, there is always a lot of laughter.

Case in point: while promoting the 25th anniversary of Scream in 2021, the pair joked about the fate of their comedic killers if they had survived the first film. Lillard even expressed concern that his character’s death — from a TV that hit his head — left room for doubt. “Here’s the deal, this two-ton TV, I’m going to throw it in my face and when I die I’m going to let go of this moment,” he joked to Us Weekly. “He’s about to be released from prison. He was 17 years old. He spent 25 years in prison. He’s about to be fired!” Ulrich, on the other hand, had a more practical idea of ​​what Billy was up to and suggested that the philosophical Billy would “teach English”. However, Ulrich joked that Stu would “work for Panasonic and test TVs.” Not to be outdone, Lillard quipped, “By the way, Billy and Stu are falling in love. They adopt many stray dogs from Costa Rica and rehabilitate small dogs. And then they slaughter people on the weekends.”

While they remain friendly, the actors don’t seem to hang around outside of the promotion for “Scream” very often. In the 25 years since the film’s premiere, both became fathers and pursued other acting projects that likely pushed them in different directions. Though Ulrich and Lillard haven’t shared the screen in decades, their comedic timing is just as sharp as it was in 1996.