It's every actor's fear: finding a role so juicy that it launches his career - and then pigeonholes him as that character for the rest of his life.
In the case of Seann William Scott, it could be called the Curse of Steve Stifler - the role of the obnoxious, oversexed teen in "American Pie" that introduced him to a mass audience. But Scott is hoping his latest film, "The Promotion," will reverse the curse.
"On the one hand, [Stifler] created a real career for me," says Scott, 31. "It gave me the opportunity to take care of my family. But it really is this one-dimensional, over-the-top, silly, stupid character. Thank God that Steve [Conrad] said, 'I can see beyond that.'"
Conrad, who wrote and directed "The Promotion," opening Friday, thinks Scott is selling himself short.