Dylan Sprouse Explains Why He and Cole Sprouse Left Disney
Selena Gomez had something to do with it.
Is there anything more entertaining to us looky-loos than when a former child star speaks out? I mean, when the kid from “Two and a Half Men,” Angus T. Jones, started ranting about how his show was “filth,” that was kind of sad. But when it’s Dylan Sprouse, who for many years starred with his identical twin brother Cole Sprouse on the Disney Channel’s “The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody” and “The Suite Life On Deck,” it’s pretty fascinating.
In this clip for something called “Outtakes With Natalia” (Natalia, honey, you are going to get sued by “Sex and the City” for stealing their theme song), a now-grown-up and smoking hot Dylan Sprouse speaks out about why he and brother parted ways with the House of Mouse.
The tl;dr is that the brothers, who were already teenagers in the later seasons of the show, eventually wanted to head off to college and hoped that they could write and produce the last season of “The Suite Life On Deck.” The twins both wanted to get involved in the production side of things, but also were interested in introducing new, younger characters and setting up a third series so the cast and crew could continue working while they went off to college.
Basically, according to Cheekbones McGee, I mean, Dylan, Disney “laughed” at their idea … then came back two weeks later proposing them the same idea, only with Selena Gomez attached, and no producer credit for the twins.
The Sprouses said no, obviously. These days, both young men are attending NYU and if Cheekbones’ comportment in the video is any indication, they have managed not to go Bieber/Lohan route.
I don’t know why this story fascinates me, considering I’m too old to have ever watched an episode of their show. I suppose Dylan’s story interests me because as a writer (or “content creator,” as the parlance is these days) there are seemingly endless stories about how business-side folks misuse the creators of their content. I don’t mean “misuse” in the sense of abuse, but in the sense of not enabling them to make money — sometimes not even a living wage — off their own content. (On that note, I refer you to this article in New York magazine about the indie rock band, Grizzly Bear.) Although a person could argue that Dylan and Cole Sprouse were teenagers and arguably too young to capably write/produce their own show, the fact that Disney stole — er, heavily borrowed — their entire idea suggests the issue was less about that and more about their own bottom line. Instead, the Sprouses walked away from the table entirely, which meant no content (and thus no money, and no jobs) for anyone.
I’ll be fascinated to see if Disney responds to this, if at all.