Switching gears, what can you tell us about American Reunion?
I can tell you that they got everybody back together. It's crazy, man. I was at the movies last night and I saw our first poster for it and it's wild. It just says "2012" with a pie as the zero. It's crazy to be involved with something that doesn't even have to put its title in the poster.
Everybody from American Pie is back. John Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, who wrote all the Harold & Kumar movies, wrote and directed this one. They got involved just because they're the biggest American Pie fans walking the Earth right now. They got that job because they know the original movie so damn well, and they're just rabid fans.
This new movie is more of a sequel to the first one than a fourth one in the series, if you know what I mean. It really has the feel of the first one. They were really aware that what made that movie special was an honest, vulnerable look at these characters and what they go through. So this is another honest, vulnerable look at those same characters 13 years later.
We had a ridiculously fun time making it. From my point of view, the movie is win-win because it was retarded how much fun we had. We laughed so much, it felt easy, it was a good time and a lot of laughing and camaraderie. I've yet to see the movie put together. Editing and post-production is so important with comedy. I know they have a lot of great stuff to work with but I have no idea what it looks like. I'm excited to see it like everyone else.
The trailer actually dropped a couple of weeks ago, it looks hilarious.
It's weird to understand. We all just made a movie and had a great time doing it, and people responded in a big, big way. What we were trying to do with this one is just tap into that same thing. We weren't trying to chase anything that people wanted to see, like, "Oh, this is what we should or shouldn't do," we were just trying to do what we did with the first one, which was throw everything at the wall and see if it sticks. It'd be nice if it worked out again.
What was it like meeting up with the cast again after the seven or eight years since American Wedding?
We shot Wedding in 2003. At first I think it was a little awkward because it was like this is the moment that everyone's asked us about and it's going to be talked about and here we are. It really didn't take long before we were all hitting each other in the balls and making fart jokes and just reverting to the way we were acting when we were 17 years old.
It was actually really weird how immature we got so quickly. I think the reason we did that is because if there's any place you have a license to act like an immature, adolescent boy, it's on the set of American Pie. So we all just took that and ran with it.
I remember my first night of shooting it was myself, Jason Biggs, Sean William Scott, and Chris Klein. There's a whole sequence where Biggs gets himself into a hairy situation and we gotta get him out of it. It was all the same crap as the other movies. We're all making each other laugh, off-camera we don't stop. It feels silly that you get to act so stupid and get paid for it. But that's what we do, we just act like idiots, embarrass ourselves, and find that inner 14-year-old side of ourselves and let it loose. It's kind of the coolest job in the world.
We mentioned the Dos Equis guy, the 'World's Most Interesting Man,' quite a bit when we were figuring out what Finch had been doing [since American Pie]. He's been on quite the journey and he's lived up to everyone's expectations.
Was there any trepidation about signing on for this film? It has been awhile and there were other franchises that had been dormant and came back this year with sequels that didn't do so well.
There was absolutely a ton of trepidation. The scary thing about it is, you wanna make a good movie. You don't wanna make a movie just because you can. I think the reason we all signed on is because they wrote a solid script. They wouldn't have gotten everyone involved if there wasn't something good there.
The fact of the matter is, it's hard to find good movies, period. This was something solid. Will it work? Will audiences flock to it and react to it in a positive way? There's just no way to know. We all got involved because we believed in it, because it sounded like fun and it was a quality script. I think there's gonna be a lot of talk like, "Oh, they're just doing it to do it, Fast And Furious is doing it, Scream's doing it." We just had a great time. It would've felt weird to not have done it with everyone there. There's something great about the whole experience where no matter what happens with it, we had an amazing time, some really special moments and joyful times.
It's really up to the gods now, you know, with the release date, if anything else comes out that weekend—there are so many factors beyond our control. Just like the success of the first one, like yeah, it was a good movie but there were so many other factors that made it huge. There's so many factors involved with what makes a hit and what doesn't, that's beyond our control. We found a good script, we wanted to be back with everybody, and we did it.
There's definitely a demographic that grew up on the first movie and are really looking forward to this new one.
That excitement is what we had. This is something we didn't need to do five years ago. And we don't really need to do it now, but we were like, "Why not do it?" The fans of the movie are having the same reaction to the idea of it as we were.
What can you tell us about Finch's time between American Wedding and Reunion?
I'm not sure what I can tell you, they told us to be secretive about it. I can say that we mentioned the Dos Equis guy, the "World's Most Interesting Man," quite a bit when we were figuring out what Finch had been doing. He's been on quite the journey and he's lived up to everyone's expectations. People will not be disappointed.
Do you have any other TV or film projects lined up as of now?
Nothing going on right now. I have a small part in Harold & Kumar 3D that just came out a few weeks ago. I just wrapped up a play and this independent film called Petunia. I'm not sure where that stands; you never know what's going to happen with independents. But after working this whole year I'm just taking some chill time for the rest of the year.
Interview by Frazier Tharpe (@The_SummerMan)