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Why you don’t hear much from Matthew Lillard anymore

Jimmy Keith Aug 07, 2017
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Matthew Lillard was among the most promising young actors of the late ’90s, but his career trajectory seemed to hit a snag before he could become a full-on A-lister. Although the Scream star hasn’t disappeared from the spotlight altogether, he’s definitely seen more than his share of professional setbacks. How and why did Lillard’s star fall so fast?

He’ll always be Psycho Stu to some people

Arguably Lillard’s most memorable role of all time came by way of Wes Craven’s 1996 classic slasher pic Scream, which featured him as the (spoiler warning) serial killer sidekick Stu. Although he’d already earned some audience favor by way of his role in the 1995 cyberdrama Hackers, Scream was what made him one to watch. But it’s the long-lived fan following of the movie that’s also caused Lillard to struggle in establishing a new identity with those built-in fans.

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