From band camp to eternally mates! American Pie turned an immediate basic upon its July 1999 launch, through which viewers watched a quartet of highschool seniors plot to lose their respective virginities earlier than commencement day.
“I didn’t hear for an extended [time],” Jason Biggs, who portrayed lead Jim Levenstein, completely advised Us Weekly in November 2017 of his “excruciating” audition course of. “I needed it so badly! I knew I did nicely. I heard from the administrators that I used to be their best choice however the studio sort of had another person in thoughts: Jonathan Taylor Thomas, truly, from Residence Enchancment. They needed to see that by as a result of he was a [well-known] title.”
Biggs added on the time: “I by no means talked to JTT earlier than or after, however I’m extremely grateful as a result of I feel he handed. I feel he truly had the provide if I’m right. … Theoretically, he might have carried out it however on the time, I feel it didn’t match together with his extra family-oriented model.”
Taylor Thomas — who performed one in every of Tim Allen’s sons on Residence Enchancment, a family-friendly sitcom that wrapped in 1998 — finally turned down the function of Jim, permitting producers to take an opportunity on the Orange Is the New Black alum.
American Pie — directed by Paul Weitz and written by Adam Herz — additionally starred Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Eddie Kaye Thomas and Seann William Scott to spherical out Jim’s group of East Nice Falls Excessive mates. Eugene Levy and Jennifer Coolidge additionally had scene-stealing roles as Jim’s dad and Stifler’s mother, respectively.
“The Weitz brothers stored me going,” Coolidge later gushed throughout her Golden Globes acceptance speech in January 2023 when she received Greatest Supporting Actress in a Restricted/Anthology Sequence for The White Lotus, referring to the film’s director Paul Weitz and producer Chris Weitz. “I milked [American Pie] to the bone. I imply, I’m nonetheless going for six or seven [movies], no matter they need, you recognize?”
The raunchy comedy, which debuted within the late ’90s, took its title from Jim’s notorious sexual experiment with a pie — a scene that Biggs is cautious about sharing together with his two sons. (The Outmatched alum and spouse Jenny Mollen welcomed Sid and Lazlo in 2014 and 2017, respectively.)
“We each sort of wrestle with [how to explain the movie to them],” Biggs stated throughout a February 2023 look on Dwell With Kelly and Ryan. “It’s coming — pun meant — we don’t wish to be untimely in telling them. We don’t wish to give them the knowledge too quickly, they’re nonetheless fairly younger, however we don’t need them to listen to it from their mates both.”
The My Greatest Pal’s Woman star confessed on the time that his boys had been conscious of the movie’s title and that “there’s a pie” concerned however they nonetheless remained at midnight concerning the extra NSFW plot traces.
“We had been flipping [channels] as soon as, and American Pie was on, and I finished on to for a minute as a result of it was a scene that [Sid] might watch,” Biggs beforehand advised Us in March 2019. “He was shocked at how I regarded as a result of I used to be 20, so I regarded like a toddler. I used to be a toddler, so he was simply sort of captivated by that. Then I knew that there was, like, a loopy scene arising, so I needed to change it.”
American Pie finally spawned three sequel movies: 2001’s American Pie 2, 2003’s American Marriage ceremony and 2012’s American Reunion. Whereas the solid, who all returned for the spinoffs, has since gone their separate methods professionally, they’re nonetheless down for one more flick within the widespread franchise.
“That’s been sitting on a shelf at Common gathering mud. There’s been a script for 5 years. Jon [Hurwitz] and Hayden [Schlossberg], who wrote and directed American Reunion, wrote it,” Nicholas, who performed Kevin Myers, completely advised Us in February 2018. “Common employed them to write down it. I believed we had been doing it the next 12 months. That was the plan after which I didn’t hear something.”
He added on the time: “Hopefully, Disney doesn’t purchase Common and we get to make American Pie 5. I feel there’s an opportunity. There’s at all times an opportunity. We by no means thought we had been going to do the fourth one.”
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