Now that the presidential election is over, actor Jason Biggs is brushing off vulgar tweets he made about the Republican candidates' wives.
"I made a political tweet, so I got a little bit of heat from the right," Biggs said earlier this week during a photo call for New York's annual 24 Hour Plays event. "I'm more afraid of the Kardashians than I am of the Republicans."
While Biggs was unapologetic about the comments, which referenced parts of Ann Romney and Janna Ryan's anatomies, Nickelodeon, which hired him to provide the voice for its animated series "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," issued an apology after an outpouring of criticism from conservative groups.
Biggs said he uses Twitter to express the darker side of his humor, which audiences first got a glimpse of during his famous dalliance with a pastry in "American Pie."
The 1999 raunchy teen comedy about four friends on a quest to lose their virginity before high school graduation not only launched the careers of a number of Hollywood newcomers, including Biggs, Tara Reid, Mena Suvari and Chris Klein, but also spawned three sequels and four spinoffs, including 2012's "American Reunion."
Here's what's happened to Biggs and his fellow cast members since then.
After starring as Jim Levenstein in all four films in the "American Pie" franchise, Biggs earned a few starring roles in films such as "Loser" and in Broadway's "The Graduate." But his 2009 CBS comedy, "Happiness Isn't Everything," failed to take off and his career cooled, prompting the 34-year-old actor to take the voicing gig for Leonardo in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" in summer 2012.
After starring in "Election" opposite Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein was cast in the role of Chris "Oz" Ostreicher in three of the "American Pie" films; he missed the third installment because of scheduling conflicts. That led to starring roles in other teen films, including 2005's "Just Friends," and "American Dreamz" a year later. Klein, now 33, was famously engaged to Katie Holmes for two years but the couple split in 2005, shortly after he was arrested for drunk driving. Klein was arrested on another DUI charge in 2010 and checked into rehab.
After a memorable role in "The Big Lebowski," Tara Reid played the virginal Vickie in three of the "American Pie" films, also skipping the third. But she failed to capitalize on her newfound stardom in flops such as "Josie and the Pussycats" and "My Boss's Daughter." After breaking off her engagement to Carson Daly in 2001, Reid quickly became better known for her string of broken engagements, her botched plastic surgery and her partying around the globe than for her acting. In 2011, the 37-year-old actress appeared in the U.K.'s "Celebrity Big Brother," and was the third person evicted from the house.
Mena Suvari has probably had the most success of any of the cast members. Her debut in the "American Pie" franchise coincided with her starring role as good girl Heather in "American Beauty." With her breakout success, she went on to star in big budget movies such as "Rumor Has It" and "Beauty Shop," as well as smaller indie films, like "Spun" and "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh." She also played a memorable role as a lesbian poet in HBO's "Six Feet Under." Now modeling for Lancome, the 33-year-old actress recently got attention for her love life. The two-time divorcee is dating Salvador Sanchez, who is noticeably shorter than her.
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After playing Steve Stifler in the entire "American Pie" series, Seann William Scott made a living playing nerds and stoners in movies like "Final Destination," "Road Trip" and "Dude, Where's My Car?" He has also voiced the role of Crash, one of the twin possums, in the three "Ice Age" movies. The 36-year-old actor checked into a treatment facility in 2011 for "health and personal issues," his rep told "Access Hollywood."
After her breakout role as Buffy's best friend on the TV series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," Alyson Hannigan was cast as band camp geek Michelle Flaherty in the "American Pie" series. Since 2005, the 38-year-old actress has played Lily in the hit CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother." Hannigan married her "Buffy" co-star, Alexis Denisof, in 2003 and they have two children.
Shannon Elizabeth became a sex symbol for her role as the randy exchange student, Nadia, in the "American Pie" films. Though she appeared in several other films, including "Scary Movie" and "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back," she mainly capitalized on her sex-symbol status, posing for Playboy and the cover of Maxim. Elizabeth dated her "Dancing with the Stars" partner Derek Hough for a year before breaking up in 2009. She has developed a second career as one of the leading celebrity poker players.