Fans of the Scooby-Doo cartoon always have had their theories about its quirky gang of young detectives. And the big-screen Scooby-Doo opening Friday confirms many of 'em. Fred (Freddie Prinze Jr.) is arrogant and pushy; Daphne (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is a snotty poser; and Shaggy (Matthew Lillard) literally sends up smoke signals about his pot-smoking penchant. Jinkies! Only popular speculations about Velma's sexual orientation are skirted.
Linda Cardellini Velma herself admits that an early version of the movie included broad hints that Velma is gay. "There were some interesting scenes that ended up having to go," the Freaks & Geeks grad tells TV Guide Online. "There was one scene where Velma sings and dances on a piano after she's had a few, um, special drinks. She sings 'Can't Take My Eyes Off You' and we don't know if she's singing to Daphne or Fred!"
"We did kiss it got cut," Gellar adds, referring to a lost moment between Velma and Daphne. "We hope they'll add it in the DVD." She's not kidding. A voodoo-related plot twist makes the girls switch bodies and... well, we'll let Gellar tell it. "Initially, in the soul-swapping scene, Velma and Daphne couldn't seem to get their souls back," she explains, "and so the way they found was to kiss, and their souls went back into their own bodies."
"It became a little risqué," Cardellini laughs. "[In another cut scene], Velma lifted her sweater and she's got something funny underneath. It was a 1940s style industrial bra, a Rosie the Riveter type of look."
Producers say the lesbian content was cut to keep Scooby-Doo "family friendly." The stars clearly are disappointed, even if they mask it with humor. Gellar jokes that her onscreen kiss with fiancé Prinze seemed anti-climactic after locking lips with Cardellini. Was she angling for another MTV Movie Award for best kiss? (She won back in 1999 for her same-sex smooch with Selma Blair in Cruel Intentions.) "Well, you know," she grins, "Linda is a great kisser."