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What was the key to Henry Winkler‘s performance in Scream? To scream louder.

The legendary actor made a small appearance in Wes Craven’s 1996 slasher hit, starring as the principal of the high school being terrorized by Ghostface. On the latest episode of PeopleTV’s Couch Surfing, Winkler looked back at his memorable death.

“This one shot, with the bad guy with the mask coming into my eyeball, it took two hours to shoot,” he shared as he rewatched the scene. “As he was stabbing me, Wes, in his professorial way, came up and he said, ‘Do you think it might be more excruciating? Do you think being stabbed you would scream a little louder?’ I said I could do that. Then, because I had tubes going up my clothes, coming out my shirt, out of my chest, they filled it back up [with fake blood], and then I screamed much louder.”

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The 73-year-old actor is currently starring on HBO’s Barry as renowned acting teacher Gene Cousineau, a role for which he won his first career Emmy last year.

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