Jason Biggs will forever be associated with his breakout role as the hapless, pie-humper Jim Levenstein in the “American Pie” series. While Biggs has done everything from a Woody Allen movie (“Anything Else”) to “Orange is the New Black,” he returns to his goofball form in the comedy “Amateur Night.”
Biggs plays Guy Carter, an unemployed architect who is about to become a father. Desperate for money, he takes a job as a driver, and ends up chauffeuring a trio of prostitutes around for the night. Suffice it to say, Guy gets involved in a BDSM scene, gunplay, dildo washing, and is sprayed in the face by female bodily fluids. Biggs chatted about “Amateur Night” and his penchant for embarrassment humor.
Your character, Guy, is pretty desperate for work. What is the worst job you had?
Oh boy. [Laughs]. I don’t look back on any job as a bad experience. I’ve had harder jobs than others. When I was 16, I worked in a kitchen, cleaning up. It was non-stop, very labor intensive. I was sweating it out, but it was great work for a kid. It required discipline and hard work and you were exhausted. I have no regrets. Every job helped make me who I am today.
What can you say about your fearlessness in comedy?
It is something I pride myself on, weirdly. I will do anything for a laugh. But beyond that, I feel like if it’s organic to the story, and to the character, that’s the safety net. Is it something I can credibly see my character getting into — if it’s fun, and earned, I will do it. When you do a gag just to do a gag, it’s gratuitous.
Do you have a limit to what you will do on screen?
How can I top myself? It’s impressive I can still find things. I feel safer when I do these crazy things. I feel more comfortable being naked and humiliating myself on-screen than in real life.
Is there a particular scene or moment of humiliation you are proud of?
The full frontal in “American Reunion.” I think 15, 20 years ago, I’d never be able to do that scene. I hadn’t had my penis enlargement yet. I hadn’t done enough scenes like that to be able to do it. The pie scene in “American Pie” raised a high bar, but everything I’ve done after that, I have become more comfortable. So I practically suggested [the full-frontal exposure] in “Reunion.” There was never any humiliation. I’m proud that my career took me to a place that I was fully comfortable doing that.