If you grew up in the ’90s and 2000s, you’ll recognize that Matthew Lillard was everywhere. From scary movies to the funniest events on Nickelodeon.
Below we present a list of reasons why the actor has shied away from the Hollywood limelight and scandal.
1. Matthew Lillard was typecast as ‘Shaggy’
If there’s one character that will forever be linked to Matthew’s career, it’s ‘Shaggy’ from Scooby-Doo.
His performance and commitment to the role was so renowned that it influenced him for future projects.
However, the actor remains grateful for the franchise, as it has been the biggest part he has been a part of.
2. Matthew Was Too Typecast As His Psycho Character From ‘Scream’
Most of the North American public associates Matthew with his character Stu Masher from the Scream saga.
In the said film, Mathieu played the role of Donkey’s right-hand man, better known as ‘Ghostface’.
3. Mathew has only had ‘side characters’ in his entire career
Despite being an actor in parts of the 90s and early 2000s, Mathieu never got a major role.
Mathew always played the role of ‘best friend’ of the protagonist in many films. something that was detrimental to his career.
4. Matthew never landed the ‘hunk’ role
Matthew stood out in an era where there were heartthrobs like Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, so he had a very difficult time getting a ‘hunk role’ in a hit film.
Far from being a heartthrob, Matthew’s characters were clumsy and always had comedic scenes.
5. Matthew chose to become a voice actor
Rather than insist on leading roles, Matthew opted to become a voice actor. Something that went unbelievably well.
Mathieu dubbed two animated Scooby-Doo movies in 2002 and 2004.
6. Matthew Turned Down ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Because He Didn’t Want To ‘Ruin His Career’
Matthew Lillard confesses he was once offered to appear on ‘Dancing With the Stars’, and explains why he turned it down.
“My dream to return to acting is to return as an incredible actor. If I had taken ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ I would never have come back as a good actor.
7. Matthew Loves the ‘Family Guy’ Life
Although Matthew has always said that he dreams of ‘growing up’ in Hollywood, the actor now enjoys a quiet life with his family.
The 53 year old actor is happily married with 3 kids.
8. Matthew Admits He Was ‘Disappointed’ To Be Replaced On ‘Scooby-Doo’
Despite being eternally ‘shaggy’, Matthew gets a bucket of cold water when he finds out he’s been turned into the movie Scooby! of 2020.
Shaggy said he was disappointed that the production had hired actor Will Forte to play ‘Shaggy’.