Johnny Simmons talks ‘Scott Pilgrim’
BY TODD GILCHRIST
On Thursday, Hollywood News spoke to Johnny Simmons in a roundtable interview about his role in the upcoming film The Greatest, which costars Carey Mulligan, Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon. Additionally, he spoke about his time working on Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, in which he plays “Young Neil,” the “number one fan” of Scott Pilgrim’s band in the film, named Sex Bob-omb.
According to Simmons, Scott Pilgrim shot for a particularly long period of time, but he said that he didn’t mind. “Six months in Toronto with Bill Pope and Edgar Wright and Jason Schwartzman and Michael Cera,” Simmons remembered. “There’s days of course when you go, holy crap, how long have I been here? And you see the seasons change; it goes from freezing-cold snowing to I’m so hot in this wardrobe. But that’s just all part of it, and even on those days, it’s like this is incredible.”
Yesterday, the trailer for Scott Pilgrim debuted online, and within the last several days, the film’s distributor, Universal, has held preview screenings as director Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz) locks down his final cut. Simmons said he was lucky enough to see a few snippets of footage, but hadn’t seen a finished version of the film. “Edgar showed us three [potential trailers] at the ADR session, about two weeks ago, and they’re pretty awesome,” Simmons revealed. “He gave us a wrap gift – we got wrap gifts, but the best wrap gift was he showed us ten minutes of the film, so that was pretty incredible. To see what we had been working on for six months in Toronto, and then to watch ten minutes of footage put together, raw footage, that was awesome.”
Simmons explained that Wright staged a surprise screening in an unexpected location. “They put these screening rooms in these 18-wheeler trailers, so they have these huge screens like the size of the wall,” he remembered. “Then you sit on a couch and it’s like a miniature home-theater built inside an 18-wheeler with air conditioning and all of that. We went in there and sat and they gave us the wrap gift and then they dimmed the lights and showed the movie and it was crazy.”
Despite the anticipation fans have for the film, Simmons indicated that the experience of working with so many talented people was the real reward for him, whether or not Scott Pilgrim goes on to become a critical or commercial hit. “For me, the best part of making movies is the making, I think,” Simmons said. “I think everything else, if it turns out good, if it does well at the box office, if it gets viewed, that’s all the icing, I guess on the cake, and the movie making part is the best part for me.”
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“SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD” TRAILER
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