Much of the action in the various American Pie films has centered around main character Jim Levenstein‘s penis: the abuse it takes, the inappropriate places he puts it, and the lengths he will go to in order to get it what it wants. But despite the amount of action it gets, it’s gotten precisely zero screen time…until now.
Word’s already gotten out that Jim’s cantankerous member finally makes its onscreen debut in American Reunion, but is it real, or did they use a body double and/or prosthesis? In an interview published today by The Huffington Post, Jason Biggs clarifies that it’s all him:
You do full male nudity in this film. Was that a prosthetic or the real deal?
Well, that depends. What did you think?
I’m not going to pass judgement.
Fair enough. That was me. That was all me. It’s funny, I guess I understand because there’s all kinds of movie magic, but we made sure that there’s a close up shot — and then we go to a wide shot. So that my face is in it with the penis. You see a full shot so that it’s clear, or more obvious, that it’s my penis. I remember in early cuts I kept telling the directors, “I have one note. You have to hold on to that shot longer so that people will know that’s my penis. Otherwise, what’s the point of me doing this?” The plain truth is, that’s my penis.
Did you hear that, ladies and gentlemen? The plain truth is, that’s his penis! Any Jason Biggs fetishists unsure of whether to shell out $10 to see the film, take note.
But what with all the full-frontal male nudity we’ve been seeing these past few years (Jason Segel, Michael Fassbender), etc., is the sight of a male member onscreen even shocking anymore?
Pretty soon people will become desensitized to it. But I’m glad I’m catching it on the early side, so people still have a little bit of shock. The other thing is, even if people were like, “Eh, penis, whatever,” I think they’d still be shocked because it’s Jim’s penis. There’s something about doing it with a character that people have sort of come to know and love over the years. And they’ve come so close — his penis has gotten lots of play over the years — but they’ve never actually seen it.
In a world in which many teens have seen hardcore porn by the time they’re in high school, I’m not sure how shocking this will actually be for the film’s intended audience. But that doesn’t mean we won’t still pause the DVD version to take a closer look at what he’s working with. If nothing else, it’ll make Biggs’ wife’s tales of their sexual exploits that much more vivid in our minds.