TORONTO - Since audiences warmed to the original "American Pie" 12 years ago, Seann William Scott has played many characters cut from the same beer-soaked cloth as the boorish, oversexed Steve Stifler.

And he's fine with that.

"As I've gotten older, you kind of look at things, and a lot of my favourite actors and favourite comedians tend to do a variation on the same thing -- we kind of want that," the personable actor said in an interview during the Toronto International Film Festival, where he was promoting his starring turn in the upcoming hockey comedy "Goon."

"I've tried to do some comedies where I'm a more passive, kind of Ben Stiller wannabe, and I don't think that works for me ... So then I just started doing the same (old) thing (again)! Kidding."

But Scott is, in fact, fresh from reprising the role that made him famous with "American Reunion," which he says finished shooting a month ago.

The first "American Pie" -- about four friends trying to lose their virginity before graduating high school -- revived the long-dead teen-sex comedy genre, with a fresh-faced cast and R-rated hijinks leading to more than $230 million in worldwide grosses and a lengthy franchise (with three core films and four spin-offs in addition to next year's "Reunion"), plus some enduring catchphrases.

Scott, who didn't participate in the four straight-to-video "Pie" releases, said he relished the opportunity to once again act out as the lovably lascivious, foul-mouthed character known only as Stifler in "Reunion," which is due out next year.

"I loved the idea of playing Stifler again now that I'm older and my sense of humour has gotten weirder, and to see that character at 30, 32," said Scott of the film, which will bring back co-stars Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Mena Suvari, Tara Reid and Chris Klein.

"To see everybody back, the chemistry between everybody -- I was surprised. Because I thought everybody would get along really great, but I didn't know that we would have this nostalgic feel that we had in (the first) 'American Pie.'

"I don't know if I'll ever do a funnier movie. I think it'll be the best comedy I've ever done and by far the best 'American Pie."'

Since the release of that movie and its sequels, a spate of more recent R-rated comedy hits have demolished the boundaries of good taste. But Scott pledged that "American Reunion" would still be raunchy enough to shock fans.

As an example? Well, Scott says that -- for better or worse -- Biggs consented to a full-frontal nude scene.

"I don't know how raunchy that is, but it's definitely gross," he laughed. "There's a lot of nudity, but ... we didn't want to do anything just to make it gross."

"We've done pretty much everything. What could Stifler possibly ingest that he hasn't before? ... It was all about story. We have to have heart, but obviously it's going to be outrageously funny."

Still, the 34-year-old Scott said he received something of a rude awakening on set when an actress in the upcoming film -- who plays a young girl that Biggs' character used to babysit -- caught his eye.

"There was one girl who was super hot. ... At first, when I saw her, I was like, 'Allll right. This girl's going to be on set all the time?"'

"But (I found out) she was eight when 'American Pie' came out. And when she told me that, I was like: 'Boy. I'm old."'