‘90s Heartthrob Jonathan Taylor Thomas Nearly Played Jason Biggs’ Role in ‘American Pie’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jonathan Taylor Thomas during ShoWest

Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Jason Biggs each immediate that query of “Hey, whatever happened to those guys and what are they doing now?”

What they’re doing now could be reflecting on their previous, and in a single case, marveling at how the opposite movie star nearly acquired their signature position.

As it seems, Thomas had nearly gotten Biggs’ half in American Pie. So sure, children, younger Simba from The Lion King nearly risked a questionable picture showing in a movie not protected for the younger.

How did Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Jason Biggs get well-known?

Jonathan Taylor Thomas during ShoWest '96 in Las Vegas
Jonathan Taylor Thomas | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc

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Thomas first gained fame on the sitcom Home Improvement, enjoying the center child of Tim Allen and Patricia Richardson, alongside Zachary Ty Bryan and Taran Noah Smith.

As the present moved alongside within the early to mid-1990s, Thomas grew to become the breakout star among the many children, even changing into a heartthrob with the Teen Beat set dubbing him “JTT.”

He gained his greatest viewers voicing younger Simba in The Lion King in 1994.

However, Thomas by no means appeared solely snug together with his burgeoning fame. He left Home Improvement earlier than the ultimate season concluded, reportedly to give attention to teachers. He has acted sporadically within the 2000s, showing on episodes of Veronica Mars and Tim Allen’s present present Last Man Standing.

By distinction, American Pie grew to become Biggs’ calling card, and he went on to seem within the three theatrical sequels, however not one of the myriad direct-to-video chapters. More lately he appeared in Orange is the New Black as Larry, the husband of the lead character Piper.

How did Jonathan Taylor Thomas nearly get ‘American Pie?’

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Biggs lately appeared on an episode of Justin Long’s podcast, Life is Short, speaking about how his nice declare to fame was nearly snatched away by Simba. 

“I read for casting … you know the feeling of crushing it, I crushed it … I got word that the directors loved me, and I was their first choice, (but) the studio was deciding did they want to go for a name? And the name I heard at the time was Jonathan Taylor Thomas,” Biggs stated on the podcast. 

Like it or not, Thomas was a reputation on the time and Biggs was an unknown So for a short time there, it regarded like American Pie would possibly slip away from Biggs.

He stated to Long, “I would have these conversations with my manager where he’d say, ‘Well, I’m getting word that Jonathan’s concerned because it doesn’t fall into his wholesome image.’ But then I’d hear a week later, ‘That’s why he likes it.’ And I was like, ‘Oh no. Stay wholesome!’”

The aftermath of the nice ‘American Pie’ alternative

Eventually, Thomas determined to not pursue American Pie, and the half was Biggs’. And that also wasn’t the top of the story. Then Biggs acquired an opportunity to be on none aside from Home Improvement.

“So I filmed the film (American Pie) in the summertime of ’98. Then it was a yr earlier than the film got here out. In that yr, I acquired provided an arc on Home Improvement. It was the ultimate season. It was this massive position for the ultimate 4 episodes. I auditioned for it. I went in. I killed it. I used to be like that is gonna be enjoyable. My dad loves this present. It’s gonna be dope.”

But then, because it often does, destiny had different concepts. Or no less than Biggs’ supervisor did. 

“My manager made me pass. It was the first time, 15 years I’d been doing this, never would I have passed on something. It was such a crazy foreign idea to me. It was gonna be a big thing. But let’s wait for this other big thing because this is the ‘you’ we want to put forth,” Biggs recalled.  

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