Seann William Scott has opened up about the meagre amount he was paid to appear in the 1999 hit comedy American Pie.
In a new interview, the 46-year-old actor revealed he only earned $8,000 for starring as one of the leads in the movie, despite it making over $ 200 million at the box office at the time.
Scott explained that it "was a lot of money for me at the time," noting he splurged it as soon as he was handed the paycheck. "I remember afterwards I bought a used Thunderbird for like $5000 or maybe $6000, I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, baby’," he said.
The Role Models star ended up working as a churro guy at a zoo in Los Angeles to make up for the rest of the month.
"I don’t know what happened to the other $2000 because I ended up having to work at the LA Zoo as a churro guy, so maybe it was even less than $8000," he told host Rick Elsen.
Despite starting out with a mere $8k in the first film, Scott became pretty popular for his role as wild lacrosse player Steve Stifler in the sex teen comedy franchise, and reportedly earned close to $5 million for reprising his role in 2012 American Reunion.
Actors are coming forward about being treated unjustly by studios and creators of popular films and TV shows in light of the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike.
Most recently, actor Robert Carradine, who starred as the dad in Hilary Duff’s Lizzie McGuire, revealed he received a residual check of zero dollars from Walt Disney Pictures' Disney Worldwide Services Inc. in 2019.