Jason Biggs Interview For ‘American Pie: Reunion’
In the comedy ‘American Reunion,’ all the American Pie characters we met a little more than a decade ago are returning to East Great Falls for their High School reunion. In one long-overdue weekend, they will discover what has changed, who hasn’t and that time and distance can’t break the bonds of friendship. Written and directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle), ‘American Reunion’ stars Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nichols, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Tara Reid, Mena Suvari, Eugene Levy, Jennifer Coolidge, and Shannon Elizabeth. ‘American Reunion’ is out now in the US, while it’s set for release May 2nd in the UK.
The cast had its own reunion on this film?
Jason Biggs: Oh yeah. When we showed up to the table read at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, what a trip! I mean, it was and it still is, this entire process has been our very own reunion. It’s life imitating art, imitating life (laughs). It was such a trip and such a pleasure to be back with everybody. I realised I hadn’t seen some of these people in years and years and years, yet when we got back on set we haven’t missed a beat. I think part of that is the fact that we share this American Pie experience together, because for all of us it was a very big experience – both professionally and personally for our lives. It’s such a huge part of who we are, and we share that with each other. It’s a connection we’ll always have.
Now that all these characters are grown up, there’s a new set of things they’re figuring out about life compared to the other films….
Jason Biggs: We told the High School coming of age story, then the College version, then getting married and what that’s like, with it being such a huge chapter in someone’s life. Now we’re telling the story of 30-somethings who are realising….looking back on their lives and seeing where they are at, at present, and kind of wondering if they’re doing what they’re supposed to be doing, if they’re with who they’re supposed to be with – just kind of taking inventory. That’s what all these characters are doing, they’re taking inventory of their lives to this point, and seeing what the next step will be for them and should be for them. That’s what this movie is….but then of course, as you can imagine, there’s plenty of comedy, there‘s some shenanigans, there‘s plenty of adventures (laughs).
I’ve always enjoyed the dynamic between Jim and Jim’s Dad throughout the series, this film really developes that even further?
Jason Biggs: One of my favourite things about this movie is the Jim’s Dad and Jim dynamic, because there is of course still those moments of discomfort, and comedy….but in a lot of ways the roles have been switched. Jim is an adult now and he’s got a kid of his own, and Jim is there for his Dad, after his Mum passes away. Jim’s Dad, in the previous movies, was always there for Jim. In this movie there’s some great moments where Jim is trying to give advice to Jim’s Dad. We see Jim’s Dad go into some crazy places (laughs).
That’s a great part of the film for me. I’ve actually found this, as I’ve gotten older too, that my dynamic with my parents has changed quite a bit. There’s a beautiful moment in the film….it’s funny because a lot of my favourite moments in this movie are not really the funny ones but the more poignant, sweeter moments. Actually, that’s always been the case with the whole franchise. I love when Jim offers his Dad advice in this movie and it’s kind of flipped. I think that’s really, really cool. That’s another genius thing, I think, from our writer-director guys that they came up with. I found that my relationship with my old man has changed considerably. As an adult, it’s a different thing, it’s like he’s a new person to me and it’s great. We have a totally different relationship than when I was growing up as you’re supposed to. But that resonates with me quite a bit. That’s cool.
When you read the dominatrix scene, what was your reaction?
Jason Biggs: It’s funny because the dominatrix scene was in the earlier drafts and I was like, “This is great. This is funny. I think that’ll be really funny. But what’s the next step? There’s more to do here.“ And so, if there was any sort of concern I had with the very very early drafts, and I mean a minor concern, because when I tell you that this script was in the shape it was, it blew my mind. Jon and Hayden came in and I read the script and I was like, “Did these guys write the first American Pie?“ They did such justice, I felt, to Adam Herz’s original screenplay and the characters that he had originally created, and I think it comes across on screen. I feel like this movie is more like the first one than any of the other ones. If there was anything, I was just, “Okay, let’s keep going. How much further can we go?’“That’s one of the biggest challenges because now that you have these characters who are in their 30s, it’s tougher to credibly find these situations where you can push these boundaries and put them in these ridiculous scenarios that are believable, aren’t gratuitous, that aren’t awkward….just illegal in some way. I mean, they’re older. Some of the things they did in the previous films would be not acceptable for a 30 year old. They had to update it, if you will, so that’s why the penis scene, I think, works organically – ‘organ’ being the appropriate root word there (laughs).
There are a lot of themes in the movie that I can imagine being very relatable to people in their early 30s, that are real life problems. What did you gravitate towards the most?
Jason Biggs: For me, the biggest change in my life personally since the last film has been getting married. Getting married for me has kind of shifted my focus in such a profound way. You just realize you can’t be so selfish anymore. There’s someone else. And it’s not just about the other person, but it’s about the relationship as well. Your priorities are realigned. Now the next step will be kids and I can’t imagine what that’s going to do, but that’ll be a game changer. It’s just interesting to see Jim wrestle with those same sort of big ideas where it’s not just about him anymore.
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