10 Little Known Facts About Scott Pilgrim VS. The World

Can you believe it's been 10 years since the movie premiered?

Alana Garcia
Created by Alana Garcia
On Aug 19, 2020

It's the ten-year anniversary of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and we thought it would be a good idea to round up some little known facts about the filming process. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was based on a comic book series of the same name and took 6 years to complete. It's one of the best movies of the 2010s and honors the comic book form in many ways from the unblinking actors to the way certain shots were framed. If you haven't seen it yet, you should watch it now (but read these facts first).


The director didn't allow the actors to blink

In order to capture a cartoonish look, the director made the actors keep their eyes open while on camera. He wanted to mimic what you would normally see in Japanese cartoons. So that's why everyone looks like they're in an anime show!


All of the voice-overs in the film were done by Bill Hader

Hader does not appear on screen, but his voice can be heard throughout the movie as he guides Scott on his journey. He fills the role of The Voice, essentially the narrator. His voice over is basically the text box in the comics, sort of narrating what's happening. KO!


Michael Cera was the first choice for Scott Pilgrim

The writer of the film actually had Michael Cera in mind when he was forming the character of Scott. Casting Cera was a no-brainer as the character was supposed to be thin, geeky and obsessed with video games.


The cast was given a list of 10 secrets about their character before filming started

The director gave the cast an envelope with 10 secrets about their character in it that they weren't allowed to share with anyone. This gave the actors something to work with immediately and also helped to get them comfortable working together.


The director Edgar Wright didn't want to have any British actors in the movie but later on found out that Matthew Patel was in fact British

Wright didn't realize until after Satya Bhabha was already cast as the supremely evil villain Matthew Patel. Bhabha was not only a native Londoner, but the actor actually grew up not far from where Wright lived. Who knows why Wright didn't want any British actors, maybe he wanted to break away from his roots and fully embrace the Hollywood community. Even though Satya is British, he was definitely convincing as an American villain!


Anna Kendrick is older than Michael Cera but played his little sister

Anna Kendrick was 25 when she played Scott's younger sister Stacey in the film. Scott was supposed to be 23 in the movie and Michael Cera was just one year shy of it, but he is 3 years younger than Anna. Not a crazy difference, but still, kinda weird!


Most of the songs in the movie were written by Beck

Little known fact, the majority of songs in the movie were actually written by Beck! You remember Beck, right? The band wrote four songs that were sung by Scott's band Sex Bob-Omb. Oh, and that's Michael Cera's real voice when he sings in the band!


Actors who couldn't play instruments were required to learn them before filming started

One of the only actors who actually knew how to play the instrument they were supposed to play in the movie was Michael Cera (who played the bass). Everyone else was either hired as band members because they knew how to play an instrument or had to learn how to play it for their role.


It took Michael Cera 30 takes to throw a package into a bin

The director of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is known to be very strict on set and doesn't let any mistakes slide. It wasn't that Micheal couldn't get the package in the bin every time it was just that it wasn't done right!


The movie was filmed in Canada, where Michael Cera is originally from

Throughout the film you can see lots of different Toronto landmarks like Lee's Palace, the record store on Bloor and Honest Ed's. Even the apartments in the movie have of a Toronto style, with most of the characters living in suburban-style houses in the west end of the city.

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