Added some stills of Anna at The Tonight Show With Jay Leno yesteday, along with some older ones:
The “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” stars pass along some shocking break-up stories
Comedic-action-video-game-love-story “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” has so many pop culture references it can be hard to tell where the movie stops and other influences come in. Co-star Anna Kendrick knows this first-hand.
“I’ve definitely heard people say things like, “Oh, that part where he does this was so funny, what’s that a reference to?” says the actress, nominated for Best Supporting Actress last year for “Up in the Air.” “And it’s like, ‘Well, it’s not actually a reference to anything, and even if it was, you thought it was funny anyway, so what does it matter?’”
Kendrick’s co-star Jason Schwartzman agrees, reiterating that the film, based on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novels and directed by ever-hip director Edgar Wright (“Hot Fuzz”), isn’t a joke that you either do or don’t get. “I really just see it as someone’s imagination going crazy and it just being about freedom and fun and fighting for a girl,” he says.
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Giving life to the already lively characters of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim series surely has its challenges. Yet when you are working under the direction of the restless and often humorously tangential Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), your acting job becomes all the more easier. That is not to say that one should get complacent and rely on the man’s talent for slick hyper-editing and pop art stylized special effects.
Luckily for the die-hard fans of the graphic novel, Wright put together a stellar cast of actors that includes future Captain America Chris Evans, indie film veteran Jason Schwartzman, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who plays Ramona Flowers in the film. Add to that the surprisingly goofy Academy Award-nominee Anna Kendrick (Up In The Air) who plays Scott’s older sister, Brandon Routh (Superman Returns), one of Ramona’s exes, and of course nerdy heart-throb Michael Cera as the film’s title character. This latter threesome joined Edgar for the San Francisco stop of their national press tour, holding interviews at The Connecticut Yankee, a modest live music venue and bar that keeps within Scott Pilgrim’s garage rock aesthetic.
Along with myself, this roundtable interview included Joshua Blackburn of TheFilmStage.net, Bryan Gerhart from DailyCal.Org, and ThePopBuzz’s Claudia Pierce.
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In indie comic sensation Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, the protagonist battles his love interest’s seven evil exes. So we dispatched two writers to conduct dueling interviews: actors Jason Schwartzman and Anna Kendrick vs. actor Michael Cera and director Edgar Wright.
JASON SCHWARTZMAN: + ANNA KENDRICK | CARA BAYLES
So what brought you guys to this? What drew you to this movie?
Schwartzman: Very quickly, Edgar Wright. I love “Spaced” and Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz and always wanted to work with him… didn’t think it would ever really be a possibility ’cause everything he makes is English, then found out about this and was able to meet with him and he included me in it. It was just like a total thrill ’cause I just feel like there’s not that many people who have a real style and are really smart and people that you go, “Yeah, I’m gonna go with this guy.” And then, on the acting side I found out Michael Cera was in it. I’m a great admirer of his work and Edgar presented this opportunity for me to not only work with him, but to be his nemesis and fight him. It just seemed like we would have a really fun time. And we did. That’s the best I’ve ever answered that question. It usually takes up 30 minutes.
Kendrick: You know, I had the same feeling. I was a fan of Edgar’s and was equally excited and surprised that he was making a movie with an American cast. A Canadian and an American cast.
Schwartzman: A North American cast.
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I just added in the gallery some photos of Anna in Toronto:
Anna turns 25 today and we, at Anna Kendrick Network, would love to wish her a very happy birthday!
Here is what MTV wrote about her:
You may not have a starring role in your upcoming film, Anna Kendrick, but you do get a chance to star in what is sure to the most beloved film of the summer. Can “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” top “Inception” in reviews and the box office? Only time will tell.
If that alone isn’t enough of a great 25th birthday present, you can add to that the fact that in one quarter of a decade you’ve managed to accomplish more than most actors — film or stage — have accomplished in their entire career.
Anna Kendrick’s been up all night. Not because she was posing for the paparazzi, courting the tabloids or otherwise misbehaving as so many of her 20-something Hollywood contemporaries are wont to do. No, Kendrick was burning the midnight oil performing dialogue from a pivotal sequence in an upcoming, still-untitled project co-starring Seth Rogen.
After an “over the rainbow” 2009 in which the 25-year-old actress strode a yellow brick road — in the form of a red carpet — through endless months of extreme makeovers, mind-numbing interviews and other promotional duties in support of the blockbuster Twilight franchise and the Oscar nomination she garnered for her star-making turn opposite George Clooney and Vera Farmiga in Up in the Air, this dedication to her craft is Kendrick’s way of staying grounded.
“I’m really glad that the Oscar stuff is over, to be perfectly honest,” she says. “I mean, I am infinitely grateful — I’m so lucky — but it’s been a really crazy year. You’re constantly wearing clothes someone else picked out for you, delivering sound bites instead of real feelings, and walking into rooms full of people you don’t know. I didn’t become an actor for any of that, so it’s been kind of a confusing time for me.”
Oscar-nominated actress Anna Kendrick came to town last week to flog her funny flick, “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” and nearly swooned when she landed in Boston.
“Every time I arrive on the East Coast, I like, FREAK OUT,” reports the Portland, Maine, homegal who got off the plane in Boston with co-stars Michael Cera and Jason Schwartzman. “I’m like, ‘Can you feel it? Can you feel how AMAZING the air is here? How different it is here?’ And these guys are, like, ‘Yeah, whatever.’
“Maybe it’s a Pavlovian thing that I think the air feels different here in New England, but it does.”
Anna said she makes a beeline for Dunkin’ Donuts (there aren’t any in La-La) and she wants to be able to hear “TV commercials for law firms with Robert Vaughn going, ‘call 1-800 whatever.’ I love that. I love him!”
Anna Kendrick has become “that girl.’’ Most notably, she’s that girl from “Up in the Air,’’ the peppy one whose sparring with George Clooney earned her a nomination for best supporting actress at this year’s Oscars. To the indie movie crowd, Kendrick is that girl who played spitfire Ginny Ryerson from 2007’s “Rocket Science.’’ And to a different segment of the population — the one that’s still debating Team Edward vs. Team Jacob — Kendrick is that girl from the “Twilight’’ series, the too-peppy, self-absorbed Jessica, who steals many a scene from her brooding costars, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.
And now, because of her small-but-sharp role in the film adaptation of the comic book “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,’’ Kendrick will be a geek-love hero for bringing Scott’s endearingly judgmental sister, Stacey Pilgrim, to life on the big screen. The movie tells the story of Scott, who must fight his new girlfriend’s evil exes in order to win her heart. Those exes are played by a number of familiar faces, including “Fantastic Four’’ star Chris Evans, Brandon Routh of “Superman,’’ and Jason Schwartzman of “Rushmore.’’
Anna Kendrick wasn’t sure what to think the first time she read Michael Bacall and director Edgar Wright’s screenplay for “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” an adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel series about a Toronto bass player who must battle his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes before he can finally win her heart. The Oscar-nominated actress (“Up in the Air”) could not quite imagine how the words on the page would play on screen.
“Obviously, it’s a fantastic script, but it’s a little schizophrenic,” she says. “It’s a really difficult energy and tone to put on paper. The visual style is so much faster than your brain can read.”