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Michael Cera on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Published August 16, 2010 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Universal Pictures
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Michael Cera has often played a cynical youth muttering punch lines under his breath. Scott Pilgrim is the opposite. He’s a completely whimsical romantic in Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World.

Michael Cera on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World


“It’s so cartoon-y, it’s so ridiculous,” Cera described. “That’s Edgar [Wright]’s directing. That was his vision. That was the way to do it and that’s why I think it works. He has really good instincts just with comedy, that’s what it comes down to I think, those moments.”

Wright’s film is based on the comic books by Bryan Lee O’Malley. It was one of the only comics on Cera’s radar. “I haven’t gotten into comics really. This book I had heard of and really loved beforehand. Just to get a sense of the tone of the humor. The facial expressions and the other characters facial expressions and just the world that’s created. It was so helpful to know what we were going for, to know where the inspiration was coming from.”


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Scott has to fight his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes. That makes it a kung fu action movie with Cera as the action hero. “It’s mostly me. The obvious stuff, like the scaffolding fall, that I didn’t do. Riley, a 16 year old kid did it like eight times. [The stunt men] always said to me, ‘Hit me harder, Michael harder.' I punched Max in the chest. They are weird guys, man. They are weird guys. They want to feel it.”

Each fight has a unique set of circumstances so they all stand out. “They were all fun. I think the first one we shot, if I’m remembering right, was the Chris Evans one and that was really difficult because all of a sudden we were there and it was time to do this fight that we had trained to do. All of a sudden it was go time on set and we are actually going to commit this to film now. I remember that moment right before the first take because you get sort of, 'Okay, now it's time. We are doing that stuff we were training to do.' There is so much adrenaline right before the take. The stuntmen are amazing, right before the take they are getting pumped up and you’re like, 'Oh my god, here we go.' The feeling is insane! That was a fight with like seven guys, seven stuntmen, there’s a big fight. That one, I have just a memory of that being really scary, difficult and really cold too. It was really freezing when we were shooting.”

Scott Pilgrim vs The World opens to theaters on August 13th.

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