Cox who met Arquette on the set of the first Wes Craven Scream film ended their marriage on Wednesday when a Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge entered a final judgment for the divorce, according to TMZ. This action ended their 12-year marriage.
The two Scream veterans had been separated since 2010 and Arquette filed for divorce at the same time that Courtney filed in 2012.
They met on the set of the first of four Scream films made by Wes Craven and starring Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich, Rose McGowan, and Matthew Lillard in 1996. After a short courtship the two were married in 1999.
Courtney played investigative reporter/author Gale Weathers who, in the film, falls in love with the local cop Deputy Dewey Riley, who was played by Arquette; in a “reel” life scenario that was also happening in “real” life.
The two actors went on to reprise their roles in the remainder of the Scream film franchise, where in the Scream-verse Dewey and Gale were having “relationship” problems of their own. Presumably, the couple were mirroring their screen lives in their own relationship department.
Cox, 48 also starred in the television show, Courgar Town, also mirrored her real life as Arquette at 41 is seven years her junior, although, not so much younger that he could have been labelled as a “Toy Boy.”
Now that Courtney Cox and David Arquette have had their divorce finalised it has been announced that the couple have requested joint legal and physical custody of their 8-year-old daughter Coco. They have also stated that they will remain friends.
Cox and Arquette both appeared in the last Scream film, (SCRE4M) and in their “on-screen” Scream relationship, the Gale and Dewey couple were also having problems, but by the time the ending credits rolled, their alter egos were still a couple with all problems behind them.
There were rumours that the two’s interaction between takes on Scream 4 was less that perfect, but these were denied by Cox and Arquette as well other members of the film’s cast. In public and for the media, the two have always been quite amiable towards one another.
In January, on television’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Courtney told Ellen and the audience that, “He’s my best friend in the world. I love him. I appreciate David more now than I ever did.”
Cox also added. “I mean … it’s hard. I don’t recommend divorce in general, but he is my best friend and we’ve both grown and changed, and I think we both appreciate each other more. I hope he does. I do.”
It seems that David Arquette also feels the same about his now ‘ex” wife. He told People magazine shortly after Cox’s interview on the “Ellen Show” that, “She’s incredible. I love her too, and she’s an amazing person, a beautiful person.”
So while it seems, in the their case at any rate, that life is better after that burning flame of love expires and turns into divorce, that publicly at least the two are a better couple apart than together.
With news that the Scream franchise will be visited once again by Wes Craven who, it’s rumoured, is seriously considering doing a Scream 5; it will be interesting to see if the characters of Dewey and Gale will mirror Courtney Cox and David Arquette’s finalised divorce in the world of Woodsboro.
By Michael Smith