‘Scream’: The Actor Behind Ghostface Voiced an Iconic Animated Villain
When most fans think of Scream, they probably think of longtime cast members Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette. After all, that trio has appeared in all four movies thus far. But there’s one additional cast member who has been a part of the iconic horror franchise since the very beginning and as its most famous character. And the actor who voices Ghostface in those movies also lent their voice to a beloved animated villain.
Roger L. Jackson plays Ghostface in ‘Scream’
In each of the four Scream movies, the identity of Ghostface changes. And in most instances, part of the movies’ twist is that more than one person is behind the mask. However, regardless of who the killers are, Roger L. Jackson gives consistency to the role of Ghostface. Since 1996, the actor has lent his voice to the character, usually during phone conversations with his intended victims.
Jackson even reprised the role for the third season of MTV’s Scream TV series. And he’s played Ghostface in other forms as well, including Cartoon Network’s Robot Chicken and expanded content for the Call of Duty video games. But there’s a lot more to Jackson’s career than this single horror icon. In fact, 1990s kids might know him equally as well as a certain animated villain.
The veteran voice actor has another famous role
Since the early 1990s, Jackson has played a variety of roles in television, video games, and movies. However, there’s one particular project that is easily his most popular outside of the Scream movies. Beginning in 1998, Jackson provided the voice of Mojo Jojo in popular animated series The Powerpuff Girls. The character is an extremely intelligent chimpanzee and the arch-nemesis for the titular superhero team.
In addition to voicing Mojo Jojo throughout the show’s 1998-2005 run, Jackson reprised the role for 2002’s The Powerpuff Girls Movie. He also returned as both Mojo Jojo and his other popular character Butch for the rebooted version of the show, which ran from 2016 to 2019. Jackson’s also done voice work for Dexter’s Laboratory, Codename: Kids Next Door, and Regular Show.
Roger L. Jackson is back for 2022’s ‘Scream’
Even though he’s not currently performing as Mojo Jojo, Jackson is back as Ghostface for 2022’s Scream. The actor is one of only five returning stars from previous movies. Campbell, Cox, and Arquette are back, as is Marley Shelton reprising her Scream 4 role as Judy Hicks.
Fans are scrambling to discover who might be behind the mask this time. But with Jackson onboard, at least they can count on Ghostface sounding just as menacing as ever. Scream 2022 — the fifth entry in the long-running series — hits theaters on January 14, 2022.