“Scott Pilgrim” Saves the World

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“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” in theaters August 13th, is every comic book-lover’s dream. A faithful adaptation of the “Scott Pilgrim” comic books by Bryan Lee O’Malley, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” “pulls people’s perceptions about what film should be, or what we should be making films about,” said Brandon Routh, who plays Todd Ingram, evil ex number three, during a recent interview. “Ultimately, it’s about entertainment. It tells people that it’s ok to be different. It celebrates the geek and the nerd that we all have in us.”Scott Pilgrim, played by Michael Cera, can pretty much be summed up as a loser. He’s a 23 year-old who’s greatest accomplishments to date are dating 17 year-old Knives (Ellen Wong), playing base guitar in a little known band, and rooming with his gay best friend, Wallace (Kieran Culkin). Suddenly, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) steps into Scott’s life and turns it upside down. She’s everything Scott wants in a girl. She’s mysterious, independent, and cooler than Scott will ever be. He knows he’s in love. Upon discovery of the League of Seven Evil Exes that he must defeat in order to be with Ramona, Scott’s love for her is put to the test in video-game style battles that will leave any viewer in awe.”We all knew that we were doing something really special and different that nobody else had done or would do in the future,” said Mary Elizabeth Winstead. With all of the special video game-esque effects, the crazy stunts and the killer soundtrack, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” is a film for our generation. And with Edgar Wright as director, why wouldn’t it be?”Getting a chance to work with Edgar and be a part of something that he’s making; you just kind of have to jump on it,” said Kieran Culkin.”Edgar Wright directing attracted me to the film to begin with,” Mary Elizabeth agreed. “When I read the books, and I read the character the he was interested in me for, I was shocked. For a director to pick an actress out and say, ‘Hey, I think you can do this,’ when I haven’t done anything like that before and no one was offering me parts…. I was so excited. I couldn’t wait to fill [Ramona’s] shoes, which is a big job. I was really honored to do it.”Followers of the comics, take heart. “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” stays as true to the comics as possible. “Edgar really wanted it to be a faithful adaptation. We worked really closely with Bryan Lee O’Malley, who is the creator of the comics. I think we all really wanted to create characters that were straight out of the book,” explained Mary Elizabeth.”I read the two books that my character appears in, and [he uses] a very strong choice of words and his attitude is very strong, and that told me a lot about what was happening,” added Brandon. “A lot from the book went straight into the script.”With all of the action packed scenes, it’s a wonder that most of the actors managed to do their own stunts throughout the film. “I wanted to do everything. I was really enthusiastic about it and the choreographers and the trainers were so amazing and really made me feel empowered like I could do it, and when I had that feeling, the idea of having a stunt double take my place became a thing that I really didn’t want,” said Mary Elizabeth.”I think [“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”] really goes for that video game medium. It certainly doesn’t shy away from having the coins explode when Scott beats an opponent, or the power-ups, or the video game effects,” said Brandon. “That’s all chockfull in the book. That could have been frightening or disarming to some people watching the movie. Some people might think, oh, lets tone that aspect of it down, but them keeping that in there, full force, makes it very dynamic.””If you love movies, if you love going to the cinema, having a unified experience with a group of people, in a theater where people will quite possibly laugh out loud and clap out loud-if you like that type of movie going experience, then this is something you have to see,” urged Brandon.”Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” is rated PG-13. For more information, check out www.scottpilgrimthemovie.com.