Edgar Wright ‘Never Liked’ Seth MacFarlane After ‘Scott Pilgrim’ Box Office Insult
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Edgar Wright's "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" is celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer, but the film would have been completely different if Universal Pictures had found its way with the casting. In a new oral story of the movie released by Entertainment Weekly, Wright reveals that Donna Langley, Universal's then president of production, chose Seth Rogen as the leading actress.
At the time, Rogen was the breakthrough of Judd Apatow's "Knocked Up," with which Universal raised $ 219 million worldwide with a budget of $ 30 million. While Wright loved Seth Rogen, it was a casting decision that he "couldn't get a grip on".
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"Michael Cera was the only person that came to mind," Wright said of Scott Pilgrim's casting. "I loved Arrested Development, he is Canadian, he is skinny, he plays the guitar and the idea of Michael as Romeo is simply amusing by nature."
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Wright also remembered how he witnessed the film's disappointing box office opening. "Scott Pilgrim" was released in US cinemas on August 13 and raised just $ 10 million on its debut weekend. This was far from certain that the film would not get back its $ 85 million domestic budget. The film lost the box office race to the new additions "The Expendables" and "Eat Pray Love".
"I remember receiving an email on Friday from Marc Platt, one of the film's producers, asking Universal to spend more and predict fate for the weekend," Wright said . "And I thought - naively - I thought:" Well, it's only Friday morning, how can you know that? "You know it. It opened at number five."
It was not easy for Wright to see the film, which after its low performance at the box office became a “punch line”. The director recalled that he was particularly annoyed about Seth MacFarlane, the inventor of "Family Guy".
"I never liked Seth MacFarlane because he tweeted" Scott Pilgrim 0, the World 2 "this weekend," said Wright. "I thought fuck you. And then I waited for ["A Million Ways to Die in the West"] or whatever it was called to come out and rubbed my hands for joy. I didn't tweet anything because I'm not a total monster. "
MacFarlane's 2014 comedy "A Million Ways to Die in the West" was a similar feat at Universal Pictures box office, bringing in just $ 16 million on the opening weekend (well below the $ 54 million that "Ted “Earned for the director and the studio in 2012). Unlike MacFarlane, Universal's then marketing co-president, Michael Moses, sent more encouraging news after the "Scott Pilgrim" bombing.
"Monday morning, Michael Moses sent a three-word email," Wright said. "It was one of the sweetest emails I've ever received from anyone in the business. It said," Years, not days. "
Moses was right because “Scott Pilgrim” has become a popular cult favorite in the past ten years. Read the full oral story of "Scott Pilgrim" on the Entertainment Weekly website.
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