Everyone remembers American Pie. You know, that movie starring Jason Biggs and… well, THAT pie? Yeah, now we’re on the same page. It’s been 16 years since the infamous Weitz Brothers film first hit the screens, causing an international phenomenon and three follow-up sequels starring the original cast.
If you were into sporty nice guys, chances are that Chris “Oz” Ostreicher (as played by Chris Klein) was one of your crushes from that film. Well, maybe him and Stifler?
But that was years ago, and everyone has since grown up. Now, it’s been a while since we’ve seen Klein on our screens, other than a few movies and a pretty damned hilarious turn on Wilfred alongside Elijah Wood.
But that’s all about to change. In addition to shooting a new pilot for NBC, Klein has made some guest-starring television rounds lately. And his latest one has pretty much got us grinning from ear-to-ear: on Sunday night, Klein will guest star on Canadian series Motive.
That’s right, the series starring Kristin Lehman and Louis Ferreira recently welcomed Klein to its Vancouver set, where he played the part of Brad Calgrove. According to the actor, he came on board after producer Rob Merilees (who worked with Klein in Saskatchewan on the Ryan Reynolds starring film Just Friends in 2005) thought he’d be perfect for the part.
And in case you were wondering, yes. Brad Calgrove is indeed Motive‘s killer of the week.
“The beauty of the show is that the title — Motive — tells us what we’re trying to solve,” Klein tells The Loop. “It’s different than other kinds of whodunit shows in that we’re looking specifically for motives. We know the victim and killer, we just don’t know the how and why. It’s a cool challenge and it’s a very specific dance that you do to make sure that you don’t give too much away.”
Well what we can tell you is that even though Klein is moving away from his comedic background for the part, he’s still a pretty damned likeable guy.
And in our humble opinion, that’s what makes him such an interesting (and deadly!) killer.
“Is he a bad guy or is he a good guy caught in a bad situation?” Klein teases. “I had a lot of fun doing it.”
But what Klein had even more fun doing was playing a pilot. Although the actor has never actually flown a plane before, he does admit that his favourite scene to shoot was the one in which he got to welcome passengers aboard.
“I’ve heard that welcome message thousands of times on airplanes around the world. In different languages,” he explains. “Every once in a while I’ll sit there and think, ‘I wonder how I’d do that?’ Or I’ve been on airplanes too where I thought, ‘She kind of phoned that one in. I feel like she could have done a better welcome message!’ So for me to take a shot at my own unique airline message was kind of funny.”
Still, this guy DID play a killer. So it wasn’t all roses and sunshine. Especially since it looks like he may be a bit of a player?
Too bad it was only a one-time gig. At least we know we’ll have more Klein to look forward to in the future:
“I’ve been very, very fortunate in my career to find roles that were age appropriate. One of them was a successful franchise in American Pie, where I was in the right place at the right time,” he says. “Now I’m 36, so the challenge is to continue finding roles and being able to excel in roles that are age appropriate. I can’t say enough about the cast and crew on Motive, just how phenomenal they are, warm and inviting when I showed up. To be the stranger, sometimes it’s difficult to get on the inside. This show was completely the opposite.”
Motive airs Sunday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.