Michael Cera Talks ‘Scott Pilgrim’ Comics, Band Practice And The Ex-Boyfriend Dilemma

With filming wrapped and director Edgar Wright in the editing room working on putting “Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World” together, the only thing left to do is wait for the film’s 2010 release date… and to ask as many of the actors involved as possible for details about the movie.

Jason Schwartzman told us last month that Wright “would be Ticketholder #1 in line for [’Scott Pilgrim’]” if he wasn’t directing it. But Wright wasn’t the only fan on set. When we caught up with Michael Cera on his promotional tour for “Youth in Revolt,” the film’s very own Scott Pilgrim admitted he was a longtime fan of the series as well.

“I read them before there was even a movie. There were only a few out. There were only like two out at the time, but yeah, I loved them. They’re so great,” said Cera. “There’s five out now and the sixth one is going to come out soon, I think, but yeah, they’re amazing.”

With superhero movies being such big cash cows, and the sequels to those movies being even bigger (see “Spider-Man 3,” “The Dark Knight” and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”), Michael said “Scott Pilgrim” isn’t going to fall into the sequel trap.

“This is going to encompass the whole series, I think, so if there was a sequel it would be something separate from the books, which wouldn’t really make sense,” he said.

In an earlier interview, Cera said “Scott Pilgrim” creator Bryan Lee O’Malley gave each of the actors a list of 10 things about their character only they were supposed to know, and that helped the actors get in character, but this time around he said it was a combination of reading the graphic novels, rehearsing, training and hanging out with the cast that helped him get in character. Specifically for him, Mark Webber, Alison Pill and Johnny Simmons (who play Scott’s friends Stephen Stills, Kim Pine and Young Neil), it was their time spent practicing for their musical scenes that brought them closer together.

“Alison plays drums in the movie and she’d never played drums, and Mark plays guitar and he never played guitar, so we did all these band practice things together,” said Cera. “That was a lot of fun and that really helped us all become a lot closer.”

In fact, Cera apparently got so close with his cast that he refused to answer us when we asked him to pick a favorite ex-boyfriend.

“No, I don’t have a favorite,” he immediately responded. “They’re all awesome. They’re all super different.”

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