Edgar Wright “Didn’t Want Any British Actors” in Scott Pilgrim

You may have seen the very awesome new interactive trailer for the new Scott Pilgrim vs. the World movie, directed by British filmmaker Edgar Wright of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Spaced fame. You don’t watch this trailer, you play it!

In one of the featurettes hidden in the trailer, Edgar discusses casting Englishman Satya Bhabha as the evil ex-boyfriend Matthew Patel in the film, despite putting a ban on hiring UK actors. He says, “Because this is my first North American film and working with all American and Canadian actors, I actually said to the casting director, I didn’t want any Brits doing American accents and I didn’t want any British actors in the film. I wanted them to all be American or Canadian. And Satya Bhaba, which I found out after he was cast the film…not only is he from London, he also also grew up like five minutes from where I live in London. So he completely fooled me in the audition, and, fair play to him, because he’s fantastic in the film.”

Here’s an interview with Satya Bhaba about Scott Pilgrim, “his first movie.” Ahem!

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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