Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a 2010 comedy movie co-written, produced and directed by Edgar Wright, based on the graphic novel series Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley. It stars Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim, a slacker musician who must battle the seven evil exes of his newest girlfriend Ramona. Take a look below for 30 more fun and interesting facts bout Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
1. Despite receiving positive reviews from critics, who noted the movie’s visual style and humor, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World was a box office bomb, grossing $47.7 million against its production budget of $85 million.
2. One of the producers, Miles Dale, said that the movie is, “the biggest movie ever identifiably set in Toronto.”
3. The opening title sequence was designed by Richard Kenworthy of Shynola, and was inspired by drawn-on-film animation.
4. The movie received four nominations t the 2010 Satellite Awards, held on December 19, 2010, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City.
5. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World made the final short list for a nomination for Best Visual Effects at the 83rd Academy Awards, but it didn’t receive a nomination.
6. Anna Kendrick, as the character Stacey Pilgrim, wears the actual name badge of the real-life Stacey, on whom the comic creator, Bryan Lee O’Malley, based the character.
7. The four cast members that made up the band “Sex Bob-Omb” spent several weeks learning how to play together as a band. Mark Webber, Alison Pill and Johnny Simmons all had to learn their instruments from scratch, while Michael Cera had to “dumb down” his bass playing in order to not outshine his band mates.
8. Edgar Wright told his casting director not to hire any English actors as this was his first North American movie. Satya Bhabha, who played Matthew Patel, successfully passed the audition with a non-English accent, even though he’s from London, England.
9. Edgar Wright has stated that the movie was done in the style of a musical, but instead of the characters breaking into song and dance, they break into a fight. The battle between Scott Pilgrim and Matthew Patel is done in the style of a Bollywood fight scene.
10. Mary Elizabeth Winstead actually memorized all of the kinds of tea that her character rambles. Some crew members kept offering her to just read it from a piece of paper, but she insisted on learning it all.
11. Whenever the moon is shown, it’s full and there is a hole in it. Ramona’s third boyfriend, Todd Ingram, is mentioned in a flashback to have punched the hole there for her when they dated. In the graphic novel, Todd punches a second hold in the moon for Envy Adams.
12. At one point during the battle between Scott and Lucas Lee, a fake New York City backdrop is ripped open to reveal the Toronto skyline. This is referencing the fact that many movie productions use Toronto as a location and disguise it to look like New York or some other American city.
13. When Scott first approaches Ramona at the party, a light switch is visible on a wall, seven feet above the ground near the ceiling. The party scene was filmed at a frat house in Canada, and the light switch puzzled the director as well as the crew.
14. The star on Ramona’s bag changes in accordance with her hair color.
15. To avoid an R rating, the word “fuck,” said by Envy to Julie, had to be bleeped out because Scott Pilgrim calls Todd Ingram a “cocky-cock” earlier in the movie.
16. In the record store, when Knives picks up The Clash at Demonhead, Scott throws the CD onto another rack, and the Beck album “Odelay” is visible. Beck wrote “Ramona” and composed the music for Sex Bob-Omb.
17. When Scott and his friends are walking to Julie’s party, there’s a building in the background with a lit-up “Flight Center” sign. The L, however, is flickers, so it actually reads “Fight Center.”
18. The stunt doubles of Lucas Lee are the actual stunt doubles for actor Chris Evans. Only a quarter of the doubles resemble Evans.
19. As a clue to the fights with Evil Exes that Scott will have to endure, there are many “X’s” present in the movie. Tracks in the snow, shadows on the swings sets all forming the letter “X”, as does, ultimately, the X-Men patch on Scott’s coat and surrounding pedestrian crossing signs.
20. Michael Cera admitted that while filming in the record store, he ended up buying a lot of albums.
21. Kim Pine becomes visibly upset when she finds out that the rival band “Crash and the Boys” has a girl drummer. All drummers in the movie are girls.
22. The amount that Scott wins after defeating Matthew Patel, plus the extra change Ramona lends him, adds up to the cost of a ride on the Toronto transit system at the time the movie was made.
23. During the editing process, Edgar Wright showed filmmakers Quentin Tarantino, Jason Reitman, and Kevin Smith, a rough cut of the movie, to which they responded positively.
24. During the first fight scene, Young Neil is wearing a Sloan t-shirt. Chris Murphy, vocalist and bassist for the band Sloan, served as the music performance supervisor by making sure the actors knew how to play their own instruments for the camera.
25. Kim Pine only blinks once during the entire movie. Apart from that, she only breaks her gaze three times; she lowers her eyes twice and has her eyes closed when announcing Sex Bob-Omb for the last time.
26. Whenever a picture of The Clash at Demonhead is shown in the record store, you can hear the store alarm going off in the background.
27. The first draft of the script for the movie was completed after only 2 of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s 6 Scott Pilgrim books were drawn.
28. When Scott tells Ramona that, “everything is peaches and gravy,” he’s referencing two of Beck’s songs: “Peaches and Cream” and “Nicotine and Gravy,” both of which are from the “Midnite Vultures” album.
29. Ellen Wong made two homemade Sex Bob-Omb t-shirts for her character to wear. The one selected by Edgar Wright appears in the movie, the other on the DVD extras.
30. Every bassist in the movie plays with a pick rather than their fingers.