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With Sidney Prescott’s (Neve Campbell) return to Woodsboro, the Ghostface murders take on a new twist, referencing horror-remakes in the upcoming “Scream 4.” So it stands to reason that there would be a throwback (or several) to the original “Scream” film that jump started the franchise 15 years ago.

]]>Nico Tortorella (“Twelve,” “Make it or Break it”). Trevor is the ex-boyfriend of Jill (Emma Roberts), who bears a striking resemblance to Billy Loomis not just in appearance, but in mere presence. Zap2it got a chance to speak with Tortorella about the upcoming film, when he told us the surprising story of his first audition. Tortorella auditioned a total of five times before landing the part in the iconic horror franchise and at 22-years-old, he actually hadn’t seen the original trilogy prior to his first audition. Something that may have surprisingly worked in his favor.  “I actually hadn’t seen any of the first three movies until after a few of my auditions so the first audition was the Billy Loomis scene in the end of the first movie when he goes nuts and starts killing everybody,” the actor explains. “So I had no idea what was going on. I went in with my whole own interpretation of what was actually happening, which apparently worked in one way or another.” He clarifies that the purpose of that audition wasn’t to see if he could duplicate Skeet Ulrich‘s character, but to see how far he could push himself. “I don’t know if I necessarily had to play Billy Loomis, but they wanted to see all the guys [auditioning] interpret that scene and take it on to see how far they could really go,” he says. Tortorella did watch the first three “Scream” films before earning the role, but made a point not to draw too much from his predecessor. “I knew what he had established and I knew what I was walking into,” he says of Ulrich. “But Trevor’s a totally different person and 10 years later I think that everybody is a different person. I just kind of had to make it on my own. Script-wise there’s definitely the parallels, but I had to keep it fresh in one way or another.” Watch a clip of Tortorella and Roberts below. Could Trevor the killer? Or would that just be too darn obvious?  Our lips are sealed, but you can find out when “Scream 4” hits theaters on April 15th.