Scooby-Doo star says it was "bummer" not to play Shaggy in Scoob!

Susannah Alexander
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From Digital Spy

Scooby-Doo and his gang of mystery-solving friends are some of the most iconic and recognisable characters around, so it's no surprise that the arrival of new animated version Scoob! has been met with a lot of excitement.

But one person who has been left disappointed by the latest Mystery Inc. adventure is actor Matthew Lillard, who has played Scooby's best mate Shaggy Rogers in numerous outings – but was not cast in Scoob!

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight reporter Ash Crossan, he admitted that it was "a drag" to not be playing Shaggy in the movie when he has taken on the role so many times in the past.

Photo credit: Warner Bros.

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"About Scoob, I don't have a lot of good things to say," he said. "I wish them all well, I hope the movie does really well. I mean, it was a drag. And I was surprised that happened. And I think Hollywood's a very interesting place and I've been around for a long time.

"Some of them are easier to accept than others when you don't get a job, but that one was a bummer. I like playing the part. I like sort of having a legacy and a career that I've spent 30 years doing. So I like the fact that I was that part, and it was a bummer that it went a different way."

The actor has since tweeted his support for the movie, writing: "Dear SCOOB. I hope you're everything the world needs in this time of crisis. Have a great opening. #zoinks" – and he's received plenty of support from fans of his incarnation of Shaggy.

Lillard first took on the role of snack-loving Shaggy in 2002's live-action Scooby-Doo and went on to play him in 2004's sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, as well as in multiple animated series such as Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?

Will Forte voices Shaggy in Scoob! alongside Frank Welker as Scooby, Zac Efron as Fred Jones, Amanda Seyfried as Daphne Blake and Gina Rodriguez as Velma Dinkley.

The movie has skipped a cinema release in the US due to the closure of cinemas caused by the coronavirus pandemic and is now available in the US and Canada on Premium Video-on-Demand and digital ownership.

Sadly UK fans can't see it just yet and there's currently no information on when it might be released here, so for now we'll just have to stockpile our Scooby Snacks and wait for news.

SCOOB! is available to rent or buy digitally in the US and Canada from Prime Video, iTunes, Microsoft Store and other US streaming services.

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