Seann William Scott returns to his iconic role as Stifler in “American Reunion” (with Jason Biggs).
Updated: April 26, 2012 8:06AM
Seann William Scott will never be able to say bye-bye to “American Pie.”
“I will always be Stifler,” he says, mentioning the iconic Michigan party boy he originated in the 1999 teen film “American Pie.”
“I was in Canada last week and everyone was shouting, ‘Stifler! Stifler!’ when I walked down the street. I don’t think they realized it was a movie character I played. I’m not that guy. And there is one more thing ...
“I’m 35 now!”
With a laugh, Scott admits, “I’m having a bit of an identity crisis.”
That is an understatement.
He has been the Next Big Thing. He has also been Yesterday’s News.
He says “Goon,” his next movie, “centers on a guy who is just fighting hard to keep his job. Just like most people out there, I totally identify with that fight.”
After “Pie,” he went on to star in 2000’s “Dude, Where’s My Car?” and 2003’s “The Rundown,” and he never wants to ask, “Dude, where’s my career?”
“Most actors feel only one way,” he says. “We’re just grateful to have a job.”
A career comeback isn’t just pie in the sky. Next month Scott stars in the much-awaited “American Reunion,” which reunites the “American Pie” teens at their 10-year high school reunion. The cast includes Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Mena Suvari and even Eugene Levy as Jim’s dad.
But first, this Friday, Scott stars in “Goon,” a film about hockey glory that he hopes will “translate beyond hockey fans.”
He plays “an outcast in a super smart family. I’m a bouncer who overcomes the odds.” He ends up taking a group of misfits and turning them into a winning semi-pro hockey team.
“At the core, it’s an underdog story,” he says. “It has some racy humor in it. What feels different and goes beyond most sports films is that the character I play is this incredibly sweet, incredibly good guy. He is basically simple, too. He sees the world in black and white terms.
“He has this code of honor. He’s not the brightest guy, but he knows right and wrong.”
The hockey part of the film almost tripped him up. The Cottage Grove, Minn., native played baseball, basketball and football as a teenager. “The majority of my buddies played hockey, but I was into other sports. So, this movie was really my introduction to hockey because I had never even skated much in my life.”
Brawling on the ice wasn’t easy on his body. “The trickiest part was fighting on skates,” he winces. “I’ve done fight scenes on solid ground and frankly that seems easy now. This was on skates and there was no rehearsal time. You’re throwing 30 punches and trying to stay on your feet on skates.
“It was brutal and exhausting,” he says. “But I just watched the film and it was worth it.”
So was filming “American Reunion,” Scott’s fourth movie in the franchise. What has Stifler been doing for the last decade?
“Stifler has been doing well, but what he has been doing is a bit of a mystery,” he says. “You get the sense that the guys haven’t really kept in touch with him, so no one really knows what to expect from Stifler.”
The truth is Stifler has fallen on some tough times.
“He doesn’t fit in with society because he hasn’t changed at all. In fact, he has regressed,” he says. “He’s that guy who has just been sitting around waiting for the reunion since the day he graduated high school.
“He can’t wait to see the old gang and stir things up again, But what he finds is that everyone has changed except for him.”
What about Stifler’s mom, the randy parent played by the amazing Jennifer Coolidge?
“She looks great and she’s just as randy as ever,” he promises. “She and Eugene Levy play much more prominent roles in this movie. And we have some great surprises with them.”
The franchise might not end after everyone goes home from the big reunion.
“The studio is keen on another one. The truth is the new movie ended up working on every level,” he says. “That’s why I’d be open to playing Stifler again based on the fact that I had so much fun making this movie with everybody.
“Obviously, I want to play other roles,” he says. “But we talked about some ideas for another ‘American Pie’ sequel and none of those ideas felt cheap, if you know what I mean.
“I never want people to go, ‘OK, Stifler, seriously? Really? Another ‘American Pie’?”
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