In the early '80s, if you were watching television on Friday night, chances are you were watching CBS.
For six seasons, the hit show "The Dukes Of Hazzard" followed cousins and best friends Luke and Bo Duke on their misadventures through Hazzard County.
Now the "good ole boys" make their way to the big screen, bringing cousin Daisy, Uncle Jesse, "The General Lee," and archrival Boss Hogg along for the ride.
The film stars as Bo.
"I get to drive the car," Scott tells The Early Show national correspondent Tracy Smith as he discusses his character.
There are two things in Hazzard County that you can always count on: super-charged moonshine and Bo behind the wheel of his beloved orange Charger.
For Scott, playing Bo took him back to his childhood days in Minnesota.
"I was about 8 when I watched the show. I watched it every Friday at 8:30," Scott says, "I remember being excited to see what the General Lee was going to do. It was my favorite character other than Daisy Duke. So I was psyched to do this movie and to drive the car."
"The General Lee" is Bo's greatest passion in life, and under no circumstances does he allow anyone else to lay a hand on it, let alone drive it. For Scott, this translated to intense, three-week, two-hour-a-day stunt driving lessons from renowned stunt driver Bobby Orr.
"It takes a lot of practice to get the feel of the car moving and knowing when to steer, counter-steer and let off on the brake," says Scott. "It's a challenge, but a lot of it is just not being afraid to make a mistake and learning from them when you do."
As for working with Jessica Simpson, Scott says, "You can tell she's been performing in front of thousands of people for a long time. She was a natural. She has so much charisma and a great sense of humor that she's fine. She looks amazing in the film."
And for his performance, Scott is getting compliments as well. Vanity Fair called him a "world class doofus."
"I like the 'world class' part," he says, "The doofus thing, I'll take it. If it allows me to get more opportunities, I can be a doofus for anybody, anything for a laugh."
Some Facts About Seann William Scott
- Scott was born in Cottage Grove, Minn. on July 12, 1977.
- In 1996, Scott moved to Los Angeles following his senior year in high school and was discovered in a talent competition in Los Angeles. He subsequently headed to New York City to audition for the ABC soap "All My Children."
- In 1997, Scott acted in an episode of The WB's sitcom "Unhappily Ever After." He made his television-movie debut in the fact-based NBC drama "Born Into Exile."
- In 1999, the actor co-starred as Stifler, a distasteful troublemaker, in the popular teen-sex comedy "American Pie."
- In 2000, Scott played an awkward class clown spared from a plane crash but pursued by the specter of death in the teen thriller "Final Destination." He also starred as one of a group of college guys who hit the highway on a cross-country trek in a bid to retrieve incriminating videotape in the comedy "Road Trip."
- In 2001, Scott reprised his role as Stifler in the sequel "American Pie 2." He also co-starred with David Duchovney, Julianne Moore and Orlando Jones in the sci-fi comedy "Evolution," and appeared in "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back."
- In 2002, Scott signed a first-look producing deal with Universal Pictures for projects he can both star in and produce, and hosted "Saturday Night Live."
- In 2003, "American Wedding" was released. It chronicled the final maturation of Stifler. Scott tried on the mantle of action hero when he joined Chow Yun Fat in "Bulletproof Monk," and the actor had a winning, unforgettable cameo as Peppers in the comedy hit "Old School." That same year, he co-starred opposite The Rock in the crowd-pleasing "The Rundown."
- In 2004, Scott formed the production company, Identity Films, with partner Graham Larson. They have an exclusive first-look production deal with Universal Pictures.
- Scott recently wrapped up production on Craig Gillespie's "Mr. Woodcock," opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Susan Sarandon.
- Scott will soon start production on Richard Kelly's "Southland Tales," opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar and The Rock.
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