David Arquette describes Scream director Wes as 'father figure'

David Arquette describes Scream director Wes as 'father figure'

David Arquette says Wes Craven was "a tremendous mentor" and "father figure" to him.

The 'Scream' actor has opened up on returning to the franchise for a fifth instalment alongside Neve Campbell and ex-wife Courteney Cox, but he admitted it will be 'bittersweet" without the late filmmaker, who created sadly passed away in 2015.

He told Metro.co.uk: "It's going to be bittersweet without Wes Craven there. I feel really excited to carry on his legacy.

"I know he'll be there in spirit. I get very emotional whenever I talk about Wes because it was a shock to lose him so early.

"He was a tremendous mentor to me, and a father figure. He gave me some really incredible advice. He was just a genuinely incredible human being."

Although Arquette - who played officer Dewey Riley in the first four films in the franchise - will miss Craven, he's looking forward to being back on set with Campbell and Cox, as well as a crew who were inspired by the horror icon's work.

He added: "It'll be hard that way, but it'll be great to work with Courteney and Nev again... It's really cool to have people [working on set] who he inspired involved too."

Meanwhile, the 49-year-old star - who has teenage daughter Coco with his ex Cox - is looking forward to spending time "as a family".

Arquette - who has two sons with his wife Christina McLarty - added: "I love playing the character. He's really transformed my life!

"Not a lot of films finish and you have a child to show for it!

"My daughter's gonna go with Courteney, so we'll all be able to hang out as a family - so that's sweet."

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