Video:Edgar Wright Scott Pilgrim vs the World Interviewwith Rebecca Murray
'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz' writer/director Edgar Wright's next big project is one of the summer of 2010's most anticipated films: 'Scott Pilgrim vs the World.' At the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, Wright talked about his cast and action scenes.See Transcript
Transcript:Edgar Wright Scott Pilgrim vs the World InterviewRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards:
Edgar Wright - Writer/Director of Scott Pilgrim vs the WorldIs the whole movie going to blow me away like the trailer has?
Edgar Wright: "The film is like the trailer.It's kind of all like that, yeah."
How do you keep up that adrenaline level, that momentum the whole time?
Edgar Wright: "A lot of of espresso. Way too much espresso."
Michael Cera, why was he the perfect guy to play Scott Pilgrim?
Edgar Wright: "First and foremost, he's from Canada. And I think if I didn't have a Canadian lead in this, I would have gotten lynched. But he's an amazing kind of every man and he's got amazing comic timing. He's one of those performers I could watch like 24 hours a day. And not only do I love him as a performer, but also he gets to do things in this film which are out of his comfort zone."
Edgar Wright: "Like he gets to have sword fights and have the crap beaten out of him, and indulge in Jackie Chan-style fight sequences. So you get to see a different side of him than you usually do."
You've done a little action directing because your comedies always have action in them, but this is like full-on action. How difficult was that for you?
Edgar Wright: "It was challenging but it was fun. I had amazing collaborators because we had people like Brad Allen, who's part of Jackie Chan's kind of like sort of fight team, and Bill Pope who shot The Matrix shot the film. I had some world-class collaborators on this."
Is there any scene that's going to particularly wow the audiences, one that you're so proud of that you can't wait to show off?
Edgar Wright: "I don't know. I'm really pleased with the film and I just can't wait for people to see it because it's pretty unique and something different. And I think especially this summer it will stand out as something different."
How difficult was it to cast all the exes?
Edgar Wright: "It was pretty... Some of the people are like the first people I had in mind. Chris Evans, Brandon Routh, and Jason Schwartzman were pretty much my first picks."
And they said yes right away?
Edgar Wright: "Yeah."
Who wouldn't want to be one of the exes?
Edgar Wright: "Well, you know, the cast in the film is amazing. I can't say enough good things about the cast across the board. It's such an amazing ensemble."
Did the studio make you cut anything back?
Edgar Wright: "My cut is what's going to be in cinemas, so I'm excited about that. But then we did like four test screenings and stuff, and they got better each time. As much as those things are terrifying, it was a good process to be able to oil the machine and get it working well."
You always do a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff for the DVD. Did you do that for Scott Pilgrim?
Edgar Wright: "Oh yeah there's shitloads of stuff. There might be too much for one Blu ray. I don't know. There's a lot of stuff."
You can pack on a lot in one Blu ray.
Edgar Wright: "Yeah, yeah."
When are you going to do Ant Man?
Edgar Wright: "I don't know. Maybe I have to finish writing it."
You've been on that for like five years.
Edgar Wright: "You know what though? I'm not a multi-tasker. I only do one thing at a time. So I've been working on Scott Pilgrim full time for like two years."
So Ant Man's next?
Edgar Wright: "It could be."
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