“Some people say Ferris Beuler meets Kill Bill, but that doesn’t quite describe it all,” says director Edgar Wright about his masterpiece. “I wanted it to feel kind of like a 13-year-old’s brain exploding.”
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is taking San Diego Comic Con by storm, and making avid fans out of anyone who is lucky enough to partake of its “epic epicness”. With each showing, Wright convinces audiences of the fact that he is, indeed, a creative genius. Hit the jump for quotes from the cast and crew
At the press line on Friday, mastermind of the amazing graphic series, Bryan Lee O’Malley, said that he found absolutely no qualms with the way Wright portrayed the awesome adaptation. For such a devoted author to be stoked with the outcome of something that he had meticulously and passionately created really says a lot about the attention to detail Wright pays to his projects. The only thing O’Malley said that he wished he could have seen in the film was “more”. “There are only like ten minutes of each ex and you want to see more because they are just so good!” When asked if they would make another movie, he said they would make twelve. If only he weren’t being sarcastic.
All of the actors involved in the project seem to be absolutely smitten with the instant success of Scott Pilgrim. The film is being so well received at comic-con that it has quickly become one of the most anticipated events of the weekend. Needless to say, the hard work poured into the movie is extremely evident on all fronts.
“It feels amazing that I pulled it off” Michael Cera humbly commented on his role as Scott Pilgrim. According to Cera, the film’s success was only possible because Edgar had them spend “a lot of time rehearsing and training and building up self confidence”.
The starlet of the film, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who plays the alluring Ramona V. Flowers, admitted that preparing for the role was extremely demanding. “It was the hardest work I have ever had to do, but it was also the most fun I’ve ever had.” According to Winstead, the role took months and months of physical training to prepare for, and included martial arts such as Kung Fu. Winstead joked that she no longer needs a bodyguard, because she can now reduce anyone to coins.
Regarding Wright’s extremely precise directing style, Kieran Culkin, who plays Wallace Wells, explains “Edgar had a very specific idea of what he wanted.” According to Culkin, Wright is a perfectionist who will do anything he has to in order to offer perfect direction, even if that means personally shooting mock scenes of himself with the stunt men. Wright says, “I’m a perfectionist but I hope I’m hardest on myself. I don’t want to be hard on the cast, or anything. I just wanted to get it right.”
Brandon Routh, who is no stranger to comic book movies, affirmed that he, too, loved working on this film specifically. “I’m really happy with everything. I really trusted Edgar to lead me and so I knew I had nothing to fear.” Routh, known for his role as superman, plays Todd Ingram in this film, and will be playing Dylan Dog in another upcoming comic book adaptation. Although Routh claims that he would have no problem venturing out to other genres, he admits, “It’s just part of my world, and its something that I love.”
With the way things are going, audiences everywhere will be quickly lining up to add the Scott Pilgrim comics to their own personal collections. Even Jason Schwartzman, who portrays evil ex Gideon Gordon Graves, said that the passion and excitement Wright expressed about the project inspired him go out and buy the graphic novels for himself, before he knew that there would be a role in it for him.
Scott Pilgrim vs The World will be officially released August 13, 2010.
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