Jason Biggs on Over Her Dead Body
By Fred Topel | Image property of New Line Cinema.
Over Her Dead Body
Jason Biggs will do anything for comedy. He proved that with his breakthrough role in American Pie. It may be hard to top humping a pastry, but he keeps trying. Over Her Dead Body gives him plenty of dangerous physical comedy, like setting himself on fire.
Jason Biggs Tries Stuntwork for Over Her Dead Body
"It was really fun," Biggs said. "It was but I was so psyched. I was like, 'Yeah, I'm the guy who will do anything. Yeah, you want to set me on fire? F***, yeah.' They were like, 'Jason, are you sure? We could shoot around it.' I'm like, 'Are you crazy? I will do all my own stunt in this movie.' So all talk, all talk, all talk and then moments before filming, this happened with f***ing the pie as well actually. I was like, 'Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.' And then right before it, I was like, 'Am I really going to f*** a pie.' Same thing with this. I was like, 'Am I really going to set myself on fire?' But it was really awesome and they fire proofed me and I had all kinds of crazy layers and gels."
Of course, there's only so much protection fireproof gel can give you. "I don't think I had anything on my face and the fire was right there. I didn't realize that until afterwards. I was like, 'Thanks for protecting my arm. What about the rest of my body that was not protected?' But we did it and they said that, they were like, 'You have a certain window of time to work with.' I forget what it was and they were like, 'You have this much time and then this stuff will not protect you forever. It will find its way to your skin.' And I'm like, 'Oh, that’s cool.' So they gave me this time window and they said, 'You'll know and it'll start to feel hot. Just put it in the water. Just err on the side of caution. Put it in the water.'"
For all his boldness, he did not go far enough in the first take. "I did the first take, I was like agh, agh, agh, water. Then they come in and they're like, 'Okay, listen. You don't have to do it again, that was great, but if you can, if you want to do it again, we'd love for you to stay on fire a little bit longer.' I'm like, 'Oh, okay.' So we did it and that's the take that you see. We only did it twice but it was fun. It was really fun. The pictures are great. It looked funny in the movie."
Biggs plays the gay best friend of the romantic lead (Lake Bell). Avoiding stereotypes in the character may have been an even bigger challenge than the fire. " I didn't want to go to the sort of stereotypical cliché place. I just thought that would be over the top and not credible, so in the end we decided the more subdued the better but I was nervous and insecure about it. I kept asking the director for help because I was really afraid that either not enough was coming across or too much was coming across. He kept saying he thought that what I was doing was fine. He, like I, would just err on the side of downplaying it. Just don't go too big and that's always been my thing with everything I've done because I do comedies and in comedy, you have a tendency to sometimes go a little bigger for the joke. It's very easy to fall into the trap of going too big and this was a perfect role to. On paper, you could read it and be like, 'All right, I know where I'm going with this,' and just go to this big, extravagant place and he was with me. He kept telling me I was fine and he kept me in check."
Over Her Dead Body opens to theaters February 1st.
For the trailer, poster and more movie info, go to the Over Her Dead Body Movie Page.
Sources: Image property of New Line Cinema
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