Watch the ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ Virtual Live Read with Edgar Wright and the Cast Ryan Lattanzio July 20, 2020 1:09PM EDT
Edgar Wright’s pop-infused, comic book-based cult classic “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” still has plenty to offer audiences, even 10 years later. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the cast and crew, led by director Wright, are reuniting on Monday for a virtual live table read of the screenplay, cover to cover. The event seeks to raise funds for the charity Water for People, bringing clean water and sanitation to communities in need. Watch the live read, hosted by Entertainment Weekly, below.
Participating talent include stars Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Evans, Aubrey Plaza, Ellen Wong, Kieran Culkin, Mark Webber, Johnny Simmons, Alison Pill, Satya Bhabha, Mae Whitman, Brandon Routh, and Jason Schwartzman. Also tuning in was Wright’s co-writer Michael Bacall, plus Bryan Lee O’Malley, the creator of the original graphic novel.
In a statement, the team said, “Thank you, ‘Scott Pilgrim’ fans! Without you, there would be no ten-year anniversary celebration. And then we wouldn’t be able to bring you Scott Pilgrim Vs the World Water Crisis, brought to you not-at-all-live from the comfort of our homes during a global pandemic quarantine shut-down. This is definitely how we imagined marking this birthday. We know it’s been a challenging time. But it’s also a time when the generosity of individuals and communities has been stunning. I hope you’ll give what you can to a wonderful group helping save lives, build businesses, and creating lasting change all over the world.”
The 2010 comedy romance was recently highlighted in IndieWire’s Stream of the Day column. Chief Film Critic Eric Kohn explains the film’s lasting appeal: “On the verge of the movie’s 10th anniversary, the time is ripe to consider how well ‘Scott Pilgrim’ speaks to Wright’s filmmaking talent, as well as why it doesn’t always get a fair shake. The movie zips by at such an appealing pace that it can seem almost too sugary for its own good, when in fact it often operates as a commentary on that very same impulse: Michael Cera’s wide-eyed expression epitomizes the plight of a wayward young man so incapable of making responsible choices that he reduces his entire worldview to a crass video game, allowing him to come to terms with his own shortcomings through the pop culture vernacular that surrounds his every move.”
"When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world.” —Eckhart Tolle
EMPIRE: Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World 10th Anniversary: The Original Empire Feature
Lucas Lee (Chris Evans) is Evil Ex #2. He’s also a Hollywood action star with the ropiest résumé this side of Steven Seagal. Before the shoot, Wright and Evans got together to shoot some fake movie posters. Here, the actor talks us through them…
Lucas Films – Chris Evans On The Lucas Lee Parody Posters
Chris Evans: "The tagline for Action Doctor is absolutely genius: 'The good news is you're going to live. The bad news is he's going to kill you!'"
THRILLED TO BE HERE Chris Evans: "Notice my eyebrow work. I had to go home and give my forehead a little massage. It induces headaches when you arch them that long."
THE GAME IS OVER 2
Chris Evans: "Edgar actually showed me a couple of scenes from Seagal films. They were absolutely hilarious, so that was the direction I went in."
YOU JUST DON’T EXIST
Chris Evans: "This movie involves a man getting a phone call from himself, telling him he has 89 minutes to live. It's in real time. I'd pay to see it."
LET’S HOPE THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Evans: "Lucas' look is obnoxious facial hair and lots of black leather. He puts so little thought into his characters. He just says, 'Fuck it, I'm wearing the same stuff!'"