SHOOT THE — Principal photography began in Toronto in spring 2009. Edgar had the entire movie in his head. It was in his noggin. Every cut and every music cue and everything. He just needed to go through the process of physically making the movie. Edgar spoke about a scene in a Steven Seagal movie [as reference for Lucas Lee]. It was Steven Seagal walking in and kicking the absolute s--- out of every single person inside in a bar and, you know, poorly written quips. It must have been something like I always feel like Steven Seagal is concentrating hard on acting, he looks like he’s going to burst a blood vessel. CULKIN EVANS WRIGHT Out for Justice. [Laughs] so Chris Evans taught us to high-five. Generally, nerds aren’t awesome at highfiving. The elbow is key. If you look at somebody’s elbow while you’re high-fiving, you will make contact every single time. That’s a fact. Not that it’s of any use now. It was freezing when we were shooting that fight with Chris Evans all through the night. There was this moment where I get hit over the head with a skateboard, which was supposed to explode on impact. They build this skateboard out of balsa wood; I’m wearing a helmet under my hat. But this thing would not break. We did, like, five takes of me just getting hit over the head full force in an effort to make [it] explode. I felt myself getting a concussion. After five takes of that, I said to Edgar, “I don’t think I can do this anymore.” They did it with a CG effect in the end. We went over schedule by at least 10 days, maybe more. It was a big deal and the studio had to come out and sign off on the overrun. Michael and I had a pretty epic battle that, as I recall, took three weeks to shoot. When people [on other films] say, “Wow, we’re shooting this scene for a long time,” I go, “Yeah, it’s long, but I did one scene that was three weeks.” In the [ending’s] fight ALISON PILL (KIM PINE) CERA scene, Schwartzman did a stunt and he ripped his pants. That was funny enough. Then he whispered to me, “I’m wearing ladies’ underwear.” It occurred to me that this character would wear the underwear of whatever person he was with. I wore multiple pairs of these red silk panties the whole shoot. During the fight scene, my pants ripped completely, open in the back. I said to Edgar, “I’ve got to go, because I’ve got something quite sexy on.” Aug. 13. While reviews were mostly positive, the film earned a disappointing $31 million at the box office. MICHAEL MOSES (THEN UNIVERSAL PICTURES SCHWARTZMAN CO-PRESIDENT OF MARKETING) Premiering that movie at ComicCon was the perfect intersection of film, filmmaker, and fan. At Comic-Con it felt like it was the biggest film of all time. It got good reviews, and all the people who were coming to the Q&A’s were really loving it and fervent about it. But that didn’t translate initially. We got annihilated by Sylvester Stallone. It opened the same weekend and I remember getting an ELLEN WONG’S CLOSE CALL WINSTEAD WRIGHT The actress got a little too real with Mary Elizabeth Winstead when they shot their big fight scene. “My sword came down and nicked her, maybe on her cheek,” says Wong. “Mary was fine, but I was just so horrified.” WRIGHT SCHWARTZMAN CERA RECEPTION THE — WRIGHT as The Expendables Pray Love. Eat Scott Pilgrim premiered at ComicCon in July 2010 and was released WRIGHT JULY 2020 42 EW ● COM
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