Cast talks to MTV News about seeing everything in the fourth theatrical flick of the ‘American Pie’ series.
By Ryan J. Downey
Jason Biggs famously humped a dessert in what became the most memorable scene in “American Pie.” Now, more than a dozen years later, an older (but obviously not much wiser) Jim Levenstein ups the ante in “American Reunion” by going full-frontal in that very same kitchen.
“My penis — the nerve, you ready? — went and got an agent after the first test screening of the movie,” the actor joked with MTV News while doing press for the fourth theatrical “American Pie” flick, on which he served as a co-executive producer in addition to reprising the role that made him famous. “It tested through the roof, my penis did. It was the highest-scoring character in the movie. It scored a 97, which — I don’t know if you’ve been to these things — is amazing. It went and got an agent, signed with [Creative Artists Agency]. I’m not even with CAA.”
“American Reunion,” as the name implies, reunites the cast from the raunchy but warm-hearted teen comedy series that began with “American Pie” in 1999. “American Pie 2,” “American Wedding” and a handful of direct-to-DVD “American Pie Presents” movies followed. In “Reunion,” the gang gets back together in their old town. Jim is still married to “band camp” gal Michelle (Alyson Hannigan). Now raising a young son, the couple is going through some difficulties adjusting to adulthood.
After a night out with Stifler (Seann William Scott), Finch (Eddie Kay Thomas) and the rest of the boys, Jim awakens in his old kitchen stark naked. Michelle and Selena (Dania Ramirez) burst in on him unexpectedly and they see everything. So will audiences when the film opens on Friday.
“If they didn’t show Jason Biggs’ penis [in ‘American Reunion’], I was out,” joked Scott, who also served as a co-executive producer.
“Or John Cho’s mustache,” added Thomas. “I needed both of those things in big bold letters at the top of the contract. Neither are on the poster, which is weird.”
Biggs is aware that the risky full-frontal scene puts “Reunion” in the same category as last year’s critically acclaimed drama “Shame,” which generated quite a bit of buzz thanks in part to Michael Fassbender’s similar bravery. “‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘Shame’ — those are [my penis’] competition. It’s an elite group of penises out there right now,” Biggs said, smiling widely. “The thing is, he’s got a lock on the comedy. Well, that’s not true, because of [Jason] Segel [in ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’]. Really, it’s those two penises that are in the hunt for all of the sort of primo comedy penis roles.”
“How I Met Your Mother” star Hannigan had some thoughts of her own about Biggs’ career aspirations. “It’s weird that [your penis] so desperately wants to be an actor,” she weighed in. “I always thought he would be such a great director since he’s always telling you what to do.” Biggs laughed loudly, conceding, “Ahhh, well done!”
Thomas and Scott agreed that the latest chapter, which was written and directed by the “Harold & Kumar” duo of Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, carries on a tradition of authenticity. “The whole movie kind of comes from that honest place. It’s not like, ‘Oh, let’s show some boobs,’ ‘Oh God, I’m terrified I’m going to be a virgin for the rest of my life.’ And ‘Oh, my god, it’s really scary that we’re 30 all of a sudden and we’re at our high school reunion,’ ” Thomas said.
“I think Jon and Hayden wrote a script that came from an honest place,” he added. “That’s what got us all onboard for this one.”
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