If you saw “Jennifer’s Body,” then you may be familiar with Johnny Simmons, who played Amanda Seyfried’s boyfriend in the movie. He was one of the highlights of that film, and in “Scott Pilgrim,” he appears as Young Neil, a Sex Bob-Omb fanboy who ends up in a triangle with Scott and Knives Chau. Right away, someone asked what his favorite scene in the film was to shoot. “The thing I”m shooting right now, the Gideon fight. Jason Schwartzman”s like one of my favorite actors for sure, so that would have to be the Gideon fight.”
Since we’d already spoken to Ellen Wong, most of the guys in the group assumed that his favorite scene would have to involve the lovely Knives Chau and their relationship, which we asked him about. “Yeah, we did become really good friends. Our characters start dating in the books, and yeah we”ve made up little back-stories to our characters and little outtakes that we bring up to Edgar as a joke and kind of B-sides of stuff. So yeah, we have a really good time.” He told us that he also got a hand-drawn version of Young Neil from Bryan Lee O’Malley. “There were 10 things that Bryan made for each one of us. And he drew us our own personal picture of our character that was in color. And I just have a copy of it. I think they”re going to do something special with the originals at the end like presenting them to us but I can”t remember what they were but there were some funny things at the beginning that he gave us. Of course I can”t remember one now, but yeah he gave us a little bit. He filled us in a little bit on it.”
When the subject of all the outrageous action in the film came up, he confessed his one regret about the film to us. “Everybody has a stunt except me. Every single person has a stunt but I don”t have a stunt. There”s nothing. No wire, no pulling. I tried to get in on the danger. There”s nothing.” Asked if he ever appealed to Edgar for a stunt, he said, “I begged him. If there”s another one, I”m definitely getting a stunt.” Even so, he confessed a great admiration for Edgar and for the experience of working with him. “He”s awesome, yeah. He”s been hosting these double features. Like last week was ‘Team America’ and ‘Army of Darkness’, which were two of Bill Pope”s movies. He”s shooting this. So he works all day long, 14 -15 hours a day. And then on Saturday he goes into the editing room and Sunday he”s hosting movies, so he is just obsessed with everything to do with the film industry and it”s really inspiring to watch. Especially one of my favorite directors, you know, to be on-set with him and to see him that dedicated to something and being so tired that you want to use your Saturdays and Sundays to kind of take a break while he”s sitting there setting up movie theatres.”
He revealed a change between the book and the film when he said that Young Neil in the film actually gets to step into Sex Bob-Omb and not just watch from the sidelines. “I take over Scott”s position. I don”t know if I”m supposed to give that away or not. Scott throws me the base at one point when he goes to fight somebody and there”s this huge like slow motion shot that they shot at like 100 frames or something like that. But it goes through the air and young Neil”s going like… and grabs hold of it and we shot it like 10 times because the strap had to go perfectly over my head and at first they had this rubber guitar and it didn”t look right. So they brought the full Rickenbacker which is about 60 pounds or something.”
Someone commented that they thought he didn’t have any stunts in the film. “Yeah, well, I guess that”s a kind of… yeah, that”s my stunt. I could have gotten my nose broke. So it comes over and then we change it to the other one and then there”s this epic moment at the end. There”s a line that Scott says that says, ‘Neil you”re awesome at bass. You will now be known as Neil.'”
Based on what else we saw on set, I think that attitude was infectious, and I’m hoping it carries into the experience of actually watching it as well. We’ll see when “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World” is released on August 13.
We’ll have more for you from the set all week long right here at HitFix.com, including our chats with the women in Scott Pilgrim’s life tomorrow, both Ellen Wong and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. See you then.
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