Anna Kendrick (aka Stacey Pilgrim) on SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD

Yesterday I participated in a roundtable interview with Anna Kendrick for her new movie Up in the Air.  While I’ll have a full transcript soon, I wanted to share what she said about Edgar Wright’s (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) Scott Pilgrim vs. The World today.  If you didn’t know, she plays Michael Cera’s sister in the movie.

While we didn’t spend that much time talking about the film, she revealed she’s seen some of the movie and says, “You should start emotionally preparing yourself now. It’s so good, people are not going to know what hit them. I have a small role in so I’m allowed to gush. It’s so cool. I’ve never seen anything like it. There’s an energy and a style that I’ve just never seen before and I think it’s going to make the fastest movie you’ve seen look like a Merchant Ivory film. There, I said it.”

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Question: Tell us about Stacey Pilgrim?

AK: She’s Scott’s sister. I got to meet the real Stacey Pilgrim which was amazing. I basically just sort of judge Scott for all his life choices and tell him how to live his life which is fun, but I care about him too.

Does any cool action happen around you?

AK: No! Ugh. No, there’s one scene. I’m at the theater where Scott fights Matthew Patel and that was really fun. I will tell you right now Michael Cera kicks so much ass in this movie. I mean, everybody does but the bigger shock is to see Michael doing kung fu.

Who is this real Stacey Pilgrim?

AK: Oh, it’s Bryan Lee O’Malley’s sister, Stacey. Her name is Stacey but not Stacey Pilgrim.

Is she exactly like he wrote?

AK: Well, she’s half-Asian so we’re not exactly the same but she seemed really, really sweet. I was like, “You get a bad rap in these books.” But she did say that she used to give Bryan a really hard time about whoever he was dating so that’s where that came from.

Have you seen footage?

AK: Yes. You should be emotionally prepared.

How much, 20-30 minutes?

AK: I don’t even know actually. I’m really bad with timing. I imagine I’ve seen a similar amount, probably 30.

What was your reaction to the style.

AK: You should start emotionally preparing yourself now. It’s so good, people are not going to know what hit them. I have a small role in so I’m allowed to gush. It’s so cool. I’ve never seen anything like it. There’s an energy and a style that I’ve just never seen before and I think it’s going to make the fastest movie you’ve seen look like a Merchant Ivory film. There, I said it.

How does he fit seven bosses in one movie?

AK: Really fast.

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