Jason Biggs Reflects on Working with Eugene Levy in ‘American Pie’ During 25th Anniversary

American Wedding Jason Biggs, Eugene Levy, 2003
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The quintessential ’90s teen movie American Pie is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The film, which came out in 1999, followed a group of classmates who make a pact to lose their virginity before high school graduation and starred Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Natasha Lynonne, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott and Eugene Levy among others. The film’s title refers to teens losing their virginity in high school as “American as apple pie,” plus that one scene (you know the one if you’ve seen the movie!).

For the anniversary, Biggs teamed up with EDWARDS® Desserts on the new, limited-edition “Anniversary Apple Pie” and opened up about his love of the movie and his film dad played by Levy. Biggs is often known for his role in the film and its sequels and he shared, “What that time has given me is perspective and real appreciation for the impact that the movie has had around the world. Wherever I travel, people want to talk to me about it. There’s now another one or two generations of people that have seen the movie, identified with the movie, liked the movie. It’s been a really, really special thing for me.”

American Pie Jason Biggs, 1999

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“The way that I really feel it today is with the fans. Every time someone comes up to me, and it’s every day, it’s such a positive interaction. People have nothing but good things to say,” he added. “And also, because of the time now that has elapsed, people talk about it with such nostalgia and reverie and recollection of a certain time in their life, and it’s really great.”

American Pie Eugene Levy, Jason Biggs, 1999

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Biggs also spoke about what a big deal it was that he got to work with Levy, who he was already a fan of before being cast in the film. He recalled, “I remember when he was cast, he came in and we did a rehearsal day before filming ever started, and we just went through all of the scenes and improvised so much First of all, I loved him before this. Splash is one of my favorite all-time movies, and I loved SCTV. I went home that day thinking, one, he’s so genius, and I got to hang with him. And I did. I hung with him. I tried my best to hang with him comedically. But also, some of the stuff that we came up with was so special, and on top of what was already a very funny script, you just think, ‘Oh God, this is going to be really, really funny.'”

American Pie poster art, clockwise from top left: Mena Suvari, Chris Klein, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Seann William Scott, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid, Alyson Hannigan, Jason Biggs, Natasha Lyonne, 1999

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He concluded that he would never forget the first table read and how well the cast already gelled together. He kept the original script, which he revealed was not called American Pie, plus other mementos in a storage unit. Now fans can win their own signed memorabilia with EDWARDS® for the 25th anniversary. Click here to enter to win. Tell us your favorite part of the movie!


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