Shaun of the Dead, Superbad, Hot Fuzz, Arrested Development, and Spaced – Writer/Director Edgar Wright and actor Michael Cera have been responsible for a number of beloved properties over the last few years. They have legions of fans that both gentlemen hope will grow with this Friday's release of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, a very clever comedy about a young man forced to fight for the first real love of his life. Cera plays the title character, who is already something of an icon in the world of comic books. Both gentlemen are as affable and interesting as you'd expect them to be in person. Our conversation opened with a bit of off-the-record commentary on the film's competition at the box office that segued into the interview…
EDGAR WRIGHT: Here's the thing. We did test screenings. What's interesting was watching it with an audience that was completely cold. It got better each time as we did tweaks and stuff. It got to the point where it was playing basically the way we released it. What's interesting is that you're asking the audience to kind of keep up. We don't slow down. We don't talk down. That's my main thing. And I feel like that's something that comedies used to do like in 1930s screwball comedies. They went at it like a machine-gun pace. Anything from Marx Brothers to Bugs Bunny … as a kid, I used to watch Bugs Bunny and not understand all the jokes but I LOVED it.
MovieRetriever: I feel like all of your films are that way and even Spaced. There's no talking down or slowing down. And even a lot of your work [to Michael] – Arrested Development is the most "packed-in" show ever.
WRIGHT: I totally...Read More
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