Sugar Ray will play themselves in the live-action movie adaptation of the '70s cartoon series "Scooby-Doo."
The reggae-tinged pop rockers will head to Australia at the end of May to film their scenes, which are set in a fictitious locale called Spooky Island. According to singer Mark McGrath, it isn't exactly the role of a lifetime.
"Some band had to do it, so we volunteered. But it'll be a lot of fun," the frontman said Saturday (April 28) between takes while filming the McG-directed video for "When It's Over," the first single from Sugar Ray's eponymous fourth album, slated to drop June 12 (see "Sugar Ray's Next LP, Road Trip Due In June"). The clip will feature a kung-fu fighting cameo by basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
McGrath said one reason the group agreed to appear in the film, which is set to hit theaters in 2002, is his affinity for the mush-mouthed Great Dane.
"If there's one cartoon you're gonna do, it's Scooby-Doo," McGrath said. "He's been in our lives forever. I'm too old now, but I still watch 'Scooby-Doo.' "
Sugar Ray is also expected to contribute an as-yet-unknown song to the film's soundtrack, their publicist said, along with Lava labelmate Uncle Kracker, who in April said he would lend a tune to the film (see "Uncle Kracker Cracks Top 10 With Double Wide").
"Scooby-Doo" will feature Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. as everyone's favorite meddling kids, Daphne Blake and Fred Jones, respectively.