Movie soundtracks tend to be pretty hit-or-miss, but I feel pretty safe predicting that Edgar Wright’s upcoming adaptation of “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World” will produce one of the best albums to come out of a comic book movie (or any movie, for that matter) in quite a while.
The involvement of Radiohead and Beck producer Nigel Godrich is impressive on its own, but when I had the chance to talk with actor Brandon Routh (“Superman Returns”) about the movie and Todd Ingram, the character he plays who is both a nemesis to Pilgrim and the bassist for rival band The Clash at Demonhead, the conversation quickly turned to the film’s music — specifically, would he be playing any of it?
“I do, I play the bass. … I had a few months of rehearsal,” Routh told MTV News. “We play a song. There’s a band called Metric, and so we cover their song. It’s this Canadian band.”
While Routh wouldn’t comment on the involvement of any bands other than Metric, he did share some thoughts about the “bass battle” between his character and Scott Pilgrim, and why fans can expect more than just air-guitar activity from the cast.
“We have a bass battle with Scott, so I had to learn all the riffs for that, which was very challenging. These things are wicked fast,” said Routh.
Although the cast’s crash course brought them up to speed on the motions, Routh confessed that we won’t be hearing his bass skills in the final cut of the film.
“It’s not actually my playing that’s recorded — thank goodness, because it’s not the greatest — but I had to fake play,” he explained. “So I could play all of them, but not up to speed accurately if you’re recording it.”
“It was a lot of fun,” said Routh. “[It was] my first experience in a rock band, and I had a blast.”
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