“Then I ended up working in a zoo selling churros there, so maybe it was even less than that…”
The writers’ and actors’ strike loosens tongues. Since the unions have engaged in a fight against Hollywood film studios to obtain more remuneration and control over the use of artificial intelligence, many personalities tell anecdotes of the difficulties encountered during their journey to awaken the consciences.
Because the American cinema industry does not only include millionaire stars, far from it. Many actors multiply small roles, and therefore mini-payments before having the chance (or not) to break into the public eye.
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Sean William Scott is thus a familiar face of American comedy. Since 1999, he has been associated with the role of Steve Stifler in American Pie. The success of this comedy – which follows a group of friends all wanting to lose their virginity before they enter university – allowed him to chain several sequels, but also to sign for Hey man, where is my crate?a delirium also carried by Ashton Kutcher in the early 2000s or for the horror film with a timeless concept Final destination.
Invited to a Rick Elsen television show and asked about his participation in the strike, he explains that he won $8,000 to play this character in the first American Pie. “It was a lot of money for me at the time, he explains, relayed by Deadline. I remember having bought right after a Thunderbird for 5000 or 6000 dollars, I said to myself: ‘Oh yeah, baby!’ I don’t know what happened to the $2,000 that was left because then I ended up working in a zoo selling churros there, so maybe it was even less than that…”
With 235 million dollars collected worldwide (for a ten budget), American Pie got several sequels. Over the episodes, Scott saw his salaries increase, reaching $ 5 million to play Stifler again in American Reunionin 2012. He also found this character in commercials, notably a recent one for DoorDash alongside his partner Jason Biggs, the interpreter of Jim.
American Pie was precisely declined in a saga of four films, between 1999 and 2012, plus five variations “American Pie Presents” : No limit! (2005), String Academy (2006), Campus madness (2007), The Sex Commandments (2009) and GirlsPower (2020). There could be a new sequel coming soon, with Seann William Scott having recently explained that Universal is trying to reunite the original cast one last time.
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