Seann William Scott Was Only Paid $8,000 For ‘American Pie’
— Updated on 4 August 2023

Seann William Scott Was Only Paid $8,000 For ‘American Pie’

— Updated on 4 August 2023
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As both the Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA strikes continue to rage on, American Pie star Seann William Scott has chosen to shed light on the paltry salary he received for the hit 1999 comedy film.

In an act of eyebrow-raising transparency, the actor behind Steve Stifler (AKA The Stifmeister) revealed the financial compensation for his pivotal contribution to what would eventually spawn a billion-dollar franchise only amounted to $8,000.

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“I remember afterwards, I bought a used Thunderbird for like $5,000 or maybe $6,000, I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, baby,’” Seann William Scott recalled during an interview with Rick Elsen (via Deadline).

“I don’t know what happened to the other $2,000, because I ended up having to work at the LA Zoo as a churro guy, so maybe it was even less than $8,000.”

Of course, Scott’s career would soar to new heights shortly after debuting as Stifler (for a sum that he deemed “a lot of money” at the time).

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Seann William Scott American Pie Salary

Immediately following the release of American Pie, he would appear in a slew of classic early 2000s flicks such as Final Destination, Road Trip, Dude Where’s My Car?, Old School, as well as the main American Pie sequels — securing a $5 million upfront salary plus a percentage of the box office take for American Reunion (2012).

American Pie — which also starred the likes of Jason Biggs (Jim), Chris Klein (Oz), Thomas Ian Nicholas (Kevin), Eddie Kaye Thomas (Finch), Alyson Hannigan (Michelle), Tara Reid (Vicky), Natasha Lyonne (Jessica), Mena Suvari (Heather), Shannon Elizabeth (Nadia), Jennifer Coolidge (Stifler’s Mom), and Eugene Levy (Jim’s Dad) — grossed $235.5 million against an $11 million production budget.

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