Compiled by: Jack Foley
Q. In these production notes, you indicate that you had some
misgivings, at first, about whether it was a good idea to go on
to the third movie and where in fact your character could go.
So what won you over?
A. What won me over was the script, for sure. Adam Herz, who
wrote the previous two films, came back and wrote the screenplay
for the third, and it made sense, dramatically. It was the logical
next step, to get married. It's very simple, I've certainly seen
the marriage used before as a way to end a franchise, or a television
series, but it just seemed to make sense.
And the other important script note, was the set pieces, and making
sure that we were going to push the same buttons, and go to the
same comedic extremes, without getting gratuitious [laughter from
Some might argue that we have, but I actually don't think we have;
in fact, I'm convinced that we haven't, because on paper, there
is a sweet underlying story. The characters are so easy to get
invested in, they're approachable, and endearing despite all of
the other crazy scenes.
Formulaically, it was exactly like the other two films, in terms
of the balance of the raunch and the sweet, and I was very confident
upon my first read, that this was going to make sense.
I'm giving you the unabridged version, by the way, if you want
the longer version, I'll give it to you later...
Also, making sure everyone was going to come back, who was involved
in this storyline, which made sense. Of course, some people could
not come back, because their characters weren't really involved
in the storyline, unfortunately, but everyone else's involvement
was certainly integral to my own.
Q. After three American Pie movies, what would you say is
your most memorable gross-out moment, or the one moment that fills
you with the most kind of cringe?
A. Really, honestly, nothing made me cringe. All of my sort
of set pieces, I didn't have to go above and beyond in terms of
what I may have ingested. He's got the egg yoke and the play dough
and stuff, which made you cringe just having to do that.
Q. You had to get naked on the roof? Or the pie? Or the superglue?
A. It didn't make me cringe! I lost a layer of skin (and lost
a joke), but I guess the pie. In the moments leading up to the
scene I was a little nervous. But in watching any of the scenes,
they don't make me cringe so much. I think his stuff make me cringe
[pointing to Seann].
I mean, the dog poo was actually the first time in any of the
three films that I've been like, 'Oh, man!' But everything else
Q. Did you shed a tear, or how did you commemorate the last
scene that you all shot?
A. I couldn't wait to stop working with these people [laughs].
The first one was fun and all, but if it wasn't for the big trailer,
I never would have come back. It was not only the size, but the
satellite television that did it for me [laughs].
It was, of course, incredibly sad, as it's been such a special
experience for me, and for all of us. It sounds so corny, but
it's such an interesting and very special bond that we all share.
I mean, American Pie was tremendous for all of us, and it's just
incredible the fact that we've been able to come back, twice more,
which is above and beyond the initial blessing.
These guys have been so amazing to work with, and if not in the
American Pie franchise, which I don't anticipate, but I certainly
hope there will be other opportunites for me to work with these
wonderful actors again.
Q. What are you involved with next? What's on the horizon?
A. Jersey Girl is in February, State-side, and Anything Else,
the new Woody Allen film coming out in September, which premieres