When “Shaun of the Dead” director Edgar Wright was first announced for the big-screen adaptation of of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s “Scott Pilgrim” series, you could practically hear the collective sigh of relief around the ’Net. For many fans, the belief was that if anyone can successfully bring the surreal adventures of slacker hero Scott Pilgrim to theaters faithfully, it’s Wright.
And while we haven’t seen any footage from the much-anticipated film yet, “Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World” actor Jason Schwartzman would seem to agree with the sentiment that Wright was the right man for the job. Schwartzman plays Gideon, one of the final “evil ex-boyfriends” the title character must battle to win the affection of his girlfriend.
“One of the things that’s so great about Edgar is that if he wasn’t directing this movie, he would be Ticketholder #1 in line for it,” Schwartzman told MTV News. “He is such a fan of movies and of these comics and what this movie is going to be. He gets just as excited as the people do — the fans. He’s a fan.”
On the subject of Wright’s very public and vocal online presence promoting the film (for much of the film’s production, he posted a photo each day from the set), Schwartzman said the man behind the camera never stopped having fun with the film.
“He enjoys the communication and the Internet and photographs, and [he] enjoys the back-and-forth, the puzzles and the games of this movie,” he said. “It was fun for him to do.”
In the end, Schwartzman said Wright was just another fan — but a fan tasked with a very important duty.
“His main thing is just honoring [the fans] and wanting them to enjoy the movie,” he exlplained. “He’s making the movie for them, so he really feels a sense of connection to the audience.”
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