Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Chris Klein Feels like He Dodged a Bullet Playing Oz in 'Pie' Franchise

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Chris Klein Feels like He Dodged a Bullet Playing Oz in 'Pie' Franchise

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Chris Klein says he gets off easy playing Oz


TORONTO - Jim cosied up to pie, Michelle dropped her band-camp flute bomb, Finch romanced Stifler's mom, and Stifler had a whole host of sight gags.

But in the history of the "American Pie" comedy film franchise, fellow character Oz hasn't done anything terribly embarrassing, much to actor Chris Klein's relief.

"I kind of feel like in this franchise I dodge a bit of a bullet playing Oz, because he doesn't necessarily get himself into the real zany humour of the whole thing," Klein said in a recent telephone interview.

Still, Klein did have to learn a "ridiculous hip-hop dance routine" for "American Reunion," which comes out on DVD, Blu-ray, and on demand on July 10. The scene involves Oz, the former high-school jock and choir member, going on a televised dance competition.

Klein said when directors Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg pitched the idea to him over lunch, he laughed so hard people from other tables were staring at him.

"I really went for that in a very, very big way."

But not so big that he's brought those new moves to the dance clubs, he noted.

"Listen, I keep my dancing strictly for the comedy set lest I set myself up for massive amounts of mockery, because one thing I learned about hip-hop dancing is that a six-foot-tall, 205-pound man has no business doing hip hop, especially at 32," said Klein.

"Maybe at 22 I might've been able to pull it off, but hip hop is a young man's game and I will definitely sit on the sidelines when it's for real."

In "American Reunion," all the characters from the hit original 1999 film come together for one wild weekend at their Michigan high school.

Among them is Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan), who are now married with a child; Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas), who's now a married architect; Oz, now an NFL sportscaster with a supermodel girlfriend (Katrina Bowden); and Stifler (Seann William Scott), who is up to his old tricks.

Klein said there were many antics onset, most of them led by "ringleader" Biggs. …

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