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Seann William Scott was only paid $8,000 for first American Pie movie
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Seann William Scott was only paid $8,000 for first American Pie movie

The actor, known for his comedy roles, made his debut as Stifler in the 1999 film.

Stifler's in American Pie is undoubtedly one of the most memorable in the film, so much so that it's hard to believe actor Seann William Scott got paid next to nothing for his role.

By 'next to nothing' I mean in comparison to other actors starring in Hollywood films. If you got handed his paycheck, you'd be very satisfied.

The actor, now 46, reminisced about his pay for the 1999 comedy classic during a game of Celebrity True or False on The Rich Eisen Show, when the host questioned Scott about how much he was paid and was apparently entirely baffled to hear the reports about the figure were true.

To put into perspective just how little Scott earned for the first film, sources cited by The Hollywood Reporter reveal that 2012's American Reunion saw him receive an impressive $5 million for his appearance.

While his co-stars stars Alyson Hannigan and Eugene Levy each received around $3 million, the rest of the cast received paychecks in the $500,000 to $750,000 range.

Of course, the creators at that point did have the success of the franchise behind them, as well as more than a decade of inflation, but it's still shocking to hear that for his first appearance, Scott earned less than 0.25 percent of what he did for the final film.

During his interview on The Rich Eisen Show, the actor confirmed that his debut as Stifler earned him just $8,000 (£6,700).

Seann William Scott is best known as Stifler in American Pie.
Universal Pictures

"I think [that's right], yeah because I remember afterwards I bought a used Thunderbird, for like $5,000 (£4,200), maybe $6,000 (£5,040)," he said, before admitting: "I don't know what happened to the other two grand."

Though Scott said the paycheque was 'a lot of money at the time' for him, he made clear it didn't last long, as after concluding American Pie he went to work as a 'churro guy' at the LA Zoo to continue bringing in money as he waited for the film to come out.

"Maybe it was even less than $8,000," he added.

Thankfully American Pie soon went on to become a hit, raking in $235.4 million (£196.9m) worldwide and resulting in a series of spin-offs which earned Scott a little bit more than $8,000. As well as the popular 90s comedy, the actor has appeared in films such as Dude, Where's My Car? and The Dukes of Hazzard.

Topics: Film and TV