The latest sequel in the American Pie franchise is about a high school reunion, but it’s also a reunion of sorts for the actors themselves. And, as with all reunion type set-ups, some people have aged a bit better than others. One decent measure of how well an actor’s career is doing is how much a film has to pay them to be in it, and it seems Jason Biggs and Seann William Scott are doing pretty well for themselves; they are each getting paid $5 million to be in American Reunion, plus a slice of the film’s profits. Sure, they also have the biggest roles, but if they had absolutely nothing else going in their careers, you can bet that figure would be lower. This movie needs them more than they need it. (I never thought I’d say that about Sean William Scott.)
Way down the list, the lowest paid principal to return is the hapless Tara Reid, who will receive a paltry $250,000. I realize this is not chump change, but it’s low for movie star standards, and it’s lower than anyone else, even Chris Klein. A quick glance at her IMDB page shows that she hasn’t been in very many things you’ve heard of since American Pie 2, with the notable exception of Scrubs. The Crow: Wicked Prayer and Alone In The Dark were not exactly critical successes (or commercial ones, for that matter), and she subsequently had to resort to doing a made-for-TV movie. It’s also worth noting that Tara Reid is now 36, so perhaps a transition out of teen sex comedies would serve her career well, at least until she’s old enough to play someone’s horny mom. Anyone shopping around a Shakespeare project?
According to Perez Hilton, this is the total salary breakdown for the film:
$5 Million – Jason Biggs and Seann William Scott
$3 Million – Alyson Hannigan and Eugene Levy
$500k to $750k – Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Natasha Lyonne, Jennifer Coolidge, Mena Suvari, Shannon Elizabeth
$250k – Tara Reid
Poor, undervalued Tara Reid.