Michael Cera suffered concussion during Chris Evans fight scene in Scott Pilgrim

Michael Cera came away concussed after a brutal fight scene with Chris Evans while shooting Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.The actor played the geeky titular character in Edgar Wright’s cult classic, and he recalled filming the 2010 action comedy to celeb…

Michael Cera came away concussed after a brutal fight scene with Chris Evans while shooting Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

The actor played the geeky titular character in Edgar Wright’s cult classic, and he recalled filming the 2010 action comedy to celebrate the movie’s upcoming 10th anniversary.

In the movie, Scott must fight off the evil ex-boyfriends of Ramona Flowers, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and in one memorable scene, he comes face-to-face with Evans’ fictional movie star Lucas Lee.

Cera told Entertainment Weekly that he suffered for his art while shooting the fight scene with the Captain America star, as was almost knocked out thanks to having a skateboard repeatedly smashed over his head.

“It was freezing when we were shooting that fight with Chris Evans all through the night. There was this moment where I get hit over the head with a skateboard, which was supposed to explode on impact,” he explained. “They build this skateboard out of balsa wood; I’m wearing a helmet under my hat. But this thing would not break. We did, like, five takes of me just getting hit over the head full force in an effort to make (it) explode.

“I felt myself getting a concussion,” the 32-year-old continued. “After five takes of that, I said to Edgar, ‘I don’t think I can do this anymore.’ They did it with a CG effect in the end.”

Considered a box office flop, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World went on to become a cult classic. Brie Larson, Kieran Culkin and Anna Kendrick co-star.

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Edgar Wright: ‘Seth Rogen almost played Scott Pilgrim’

Seth Rogen almost landed the titular role in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, according to director Edgar Wright.The British filmmaker recently marked the upcoming 10th anniversary of the cult classic with an in-depth interview about making the action-come…

Seth Rogen almost landed the titular role in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, according to director Edgar Wright.

The British filmmaker recently marked the upcoming 10th anniversary of the cult classic with an in-depth interview about making the action-comedy with Entertainment Weekly, and he revealed that at one point, the film could’ve been completely different.

Wright recalled that Donna Langley, who was Universal Pictures’ president of production at the time, pitched Rogen to play geeky Scott, who falls in love with the mysterious Ramona, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

But while the Hot Fuzz director loved the Knocked Up funnyman, he “couldn’t get (his) head around” the casting decision.

“Michael Cera was the only person who came to mind,” Wright said about casting the role of Scott. “I loved Arrested Development, he’s Canadian, he’s scrawny, he plays guitar, and the idea of Michael as a Romeo is just inherently amusing.”

Cera went on to portray the lovestruck bassist, who has to fight off seven of Ramona’s evil ex-boyfriends, who were played by the likes of Chris Evans, Brandon Routh, and Jason Schwartzman.

Elsewhere in the interview, the 46-year-old filmmaker recalled being sent an encouraging email from Universal’s then co-president of marketing Michael Moses after Scott Pilgrim bombed at the box office.

“Monday morning Michael Moses sent an email with three words,” Wright explained. “It was one of the sweetest emails I’ve ever gotten from anybody in the industry. It said, ‘Years, not days.'”

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Chris Evans was devasted after losing Fracture role to Ryan Gosling

Chris Evans was left devastated after losing out on the leading role in Fracture to Ryan Gosling.The 2007 legal thriller follows the trial of Theodore Crawford, played by Anthony Hopkins, who killed his wife over her infidelity and engages in a battle …

Chris Evans was left devastated after losing out on the leading role in Fracture to Ryan Gosling.

The 2007 legal thriller follows the trial of Theodore Crawford, played by Anthony Hopkins, who killed his wife over her infidelity and engages in a battle of wits in court against young assistant district attorney, William ‘Willy’ Beachum.

But in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Evans admitted that he had “never had a better audition in my life” when he was being considered for the part and was naturally quite stunned when he was pipped to the role by Gosling.

“I hate auditioning. I despise it. I think most actors do, but I got that one and knocked it right out. And it was so great and I had such a great rapport with the director and really felt like it was coming my way,” he explained.

The Captain America star then confessed he was excited about the possibility of working with Hopkins on the drama, and hoped that he might be taken seriously in Hollywood after his previous roles in Fantastic Four and Not Another Teen Movie.

“Anthony Hopkins was already attached and you really think, ‘This is another one of those moments where I might be able to turn a corner.’ And to lose that one… obviously, Ryan, if you’re going to lose to someone, lose to Ryan,” the 38-year-old quipped. “But it was just one of those things where you think, ‘Man, this is tough.’”

Evans was most recently seen onscreen in TV miniseries Defending Jacob and is rumoured to have landed the role of Orin Scrivello in the upcoming Little Shop of Horrors remake.

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J.K. Simmons confirms he’s signed on for two more Spider-Man sequels

J.K. Simmons has confirmed he has signed on to star in two more Spider-Man sequels.The 65-year-old made his debut as Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man back in 2002, and reprised his character for a post-credits scene in last…

J.K. Simmons has confirmed he has signed on to star in two more Spider-Man sequels.

The 65-year-old made his debut as Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man back in 2002, and reprised his character for a post-credits scene in last year’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, which starred Tom Holland as the latest incarnation of the web-slinging superhero.

And Simmons has now revealed he signed on for at least two more sequels when he agreed to bring back the outspoken editor-in-chief on the big screen.

“I don’t know if I would use the word ‘expect’,” he said on PeopleTV’s Couch Surfing. “When we signed on for the first movie we signed a contract to do two sequels as well.

“That’s always a one-sided, well not always, but in my case, a one-sided contract where you’re committed to do it but they’re not necessarily committed to use your character in the ensuing movies.”

He also praised Raimi, who helmed the original Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire, and Jon Watts, who directed Far From Home, for working together to unite the different franchises.

“It was great to have the opportunity as these things evolve to be one of the holdovers from the previous version,” Simmons added.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Oscar-winning actor joked that wants to play the father of every famous Chris in Hollywood, following his recent work with Chris Evans on the Apple+ TV series, Defending Jacob, and Chris Pratt on The Tomorrow War.

“My career plan now is to play the father of every handsome, blue-eyed movie star stud named Chris,” he joked. “So if you’re casting out there I’m looking – Chris Pine, I’m available, and Chris Hemsworth – in either order, I mean we don’t have to go alphabetical.”

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Chris Evans disappointed he can no longer wear cable-knit sweaters

Chris Evans has conceded he can longer wear cable-knit jumpers after his character famously sported one in Knives Out.In the 2019 crime comedy, the actor starred as Ransom Drysdale, who was investigated by Daniel Craig’s intrepid private detective Beno…

Chris Evans has conceded he can longer wear cable-knit jumpers after his character famously sported one in Knives Out.

In the 2019 crime comedy, the actor starred as Ransom Drysdale, who was investigated by Daniel Craig’s intrepid private detective Benoit Blanc as one of the suspects in the murder of his grandfather Harlan Thrombey, played by Christopher Plummer.

Evans became a viral sensation for his character’s cream cable-knit jumper, but he confessed during a recent virtual appearance on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon that his clothing choices are now affected by the unprecedented “phenomenon” over the sweater and he’s reluctant to purchase knitwear at all.

“I can’t wear it anymore. It’s a shame. I don’t know if it works anymore,” the Captain America star revealed.

And Evans jokingly shared his disappointment at no longer being able to wrap up warm in a cable-knit sweater in the colder months.

“I love that sweater. I love those sweaters. I love cable knits. It’s my favourite thing about winter,” he quipped.

A sequel to Rian Johnson’s hit whodunit was announced earlier this year, but the 38-year-old is not expected to reprise his role for the follow-up.

The filmmaker confirmed that while Craig would return as the sleuth, no one else from the original cast, which also included Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, and Don Johnson, would reprise their roles.

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Scarlett Johansson worried Marvel fans wouldn’t like her as Black Widow

Scarlett Johansson was worried Marvel fans wouldn’t like her interpretation of fictional superhero Black Widow.The 35-year-old actress made her debut as former Russian super spy Natasha Romanoff in Iron Man 2 back in 2010, but she was concerned that sh…

Scarlett Johansson was worried Marvel fans wouldn’t like her interpretation of fictional superhero Black Widow.

The 35-year-old actress made her debut as former Russian super spy Natasha Romanoff in Iron Man 2 back in 2010, but she was concerned that she didn’t fit the bill.

“When we did (Iron Man 2), I didn’t know if the audience would like my interpretation of the character,” she told Parade magazine, before noting that she wasn’t even the first choice to play the superhero.

After a “wonderful” meeting with Jon Favreau, who helmed Iron Man 2, the part went to Emily Blunt.

“I was really excited to work with him, so I said, ‘If this doesn’t work out, I’m an actor for hire, so call me anytime,'” Scarlett recalled, and after Emily had to bow out due to scheduling reasons, the role was hers.

“The best call you can receive is after you are rejected for something and then you get it. You appreciate it more. I’ve basically made a career out of being second choice,” she laughed.

And it was while filming one particular scene in The Avengers back in 2012, alongside Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, that she realised she was part of something really special.

“It’s the iconic hero shot,” she said of the scene which sees the six original Avengers ready for battle in New York. “We were all thinking, ‘This is crazy!’ because these worlds were coming together. We’re still processing how much of an impact these movies have had.”

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Chris Hemsworth recalls filming scary Extraction stunt sequence

Chris Hemsworth was concerned by how involved Extraction director Sam Hargrave got while filming a car chase sequence.The new Netflix action thriller, which follows Hemsworth’s mercenary Tyler Rake, who is hired to rescue a crime lord’s kidnapped son, …

Chris Hemsworth was concerned by how involved Extraction director Sam Hargrave got while filming a car chase sequence.

The new Netflix action thriller, which follows Hemsworth’s mercenary Tyler Rake, who is hired to rescue a crime lord’s kidnapped son, marks the directorial debut of Hargrave, who is best known as a stunt double and stunt coordinator in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In a new interview, the Australian actor recalled how the director was so determined to nail a high-octane chase sequence that he decided to shoot the footage while strapped to the bonnet of a moving car.

“I remember at one point thinking, when we are doing the chase sequence, and you’re talking about Sam strapped to the front of a car, and we had some pretty close calls – and one in particular – and I thought, that’s interesting,” the Thor star told The Philadelphia Inquirer.

“If a stunt guy gets hurt, we just, you know, (send him) off to the hospital and bring in the next one. But, you know, if Sam gets injured…” he added, seemingly referencing the possibility that the movie would have been shut down if the director had been badly injured during the shoot.

The 36-year-old has been open about the extreme stunt work required on the new movie and recently shared a video on Instagram of him observing a scene using his stunt double.

“Quite happy to let the completely insane experts handle this particular shot! Guess it’s obvious by now this movie’s pretty stunt-heavy,” he wrote alongside a short clip of him watching Bobby Holland Hanton falling off a building onto a truck.

“That might even be the understatement of the century. Our stunt team risked their lives and pushed their bodies to get some of these shots, and it’s truly incredible to see, truly painful to see actually!” Hemsworth added.

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Billy Porter opens up about playing ‘genderless’ Fairy Godmother in Cinderella remake

Billy Porter has opened up about his decision to play the Fairy Godmother as “genderless” in the upcoming Cinderella remake.The Emmy-winning actor plays the iconic character in the live-action musical version of the fairytale, which stars Camila Cabell…

Billy Porter has opened up about his decision to play the Fairy Godmother as “genderless” in the upcoming Cinderella remake.

The Emmy-winning actor plays the iconic character in the live-action musical version of the fairytale, which stars Camila Cabello, Minnie Driver, Missy Elliott, Pierce Brosnan, and James Corden.

In a new interview with Variety Live, the 50-year-old star described his portrayal of the Fairy Godmother as “non-conforming” and explained his decision to play the character gender-free.

“Magic is genderless. We have all these sort of genders that we’ve put on things and it doesn’t actually matter,” Porter stated. “It’s not about sex. It’s not about sexuality. It’s not about gender. It’s about magic. It’s about being somebody’s fairy godmother, father, person, whatever you want to call it. That’s what it’s about.”

Production on the movie at Pinewood Studios near London was shut down last month due to the coronavirus outbreak, but the Pose star had already completed his work on the film.

Despite remaining secretive over what musical numbers he’s involved in, he did tease fans with small details about his character’s glamorous costume.

“It’s gold and there are pants, there are skirts, there are heels, there are cowl necks and wands and things,” he shared.

Elsewhere in the interview, Porter opened up about his upcoming role as the voice of man-eating plant Audrey II in the Little Shop of Horrors remake, which is also rumoured to be starring Scarlett Johansson as the meek and vulnerable Audrey.

“She’s a fantastic actress and her energy is right,” he gushed. “You need that kind of strong but vulnerable. It’s the dichotomy of that.”

Chris Evans has also reportedly signed up to play Audrey’s abusive dentist boyfriend Orin Scrivello, which Porter believes is a great casting decision.

“He’ll be hot, which is sort of what it needs to be. You need to understand why she stays in that abusive relationship,” he stated.

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Chris Evans’s mum convinced him to take on Captain America

Chris Evans has his mum to thank for his role as Captain America after she urged him to reconsider turning down the Marvel blockbuster.The Knives Out actor passed on the titular superhero role “a few times”, and told Jimmy Kimmel last year that he was …

Chris Evans has his mum to thank for his role as Captain America after she urged him to reconsider turning down the Marvel blockbuster.

The Knives Out actor passed on the titular superhero role “a few times”, and told Jimmy Kimmel last year that he was “scared” of being a part of a massive film franchise.

Now, it has been revealed that it was the actor’s mum, Lisa, who convinced him to seize the career-making opportunity.

“His biggest fear was losing his anonymity,” she explained to Esquire magazine. “He said, ‘I have a career now where I can do work I really like. I can walk my dog. Nobody bothers me. Nobody wants to talk to me. I can go wherever I want. And the idea of losing that is terrifying to me.'”

She added, “I said to him, ‘Look, you want to do acting work for the rest of your life? If you do this part, you will have the opportunity. You’ll never have to worry about paying the rent. If you take the part, you just have to decide, ‘It’s not going to affect my life negatively – it will enable it.'”

Evans, who also portrayed Johnny Storm in 2005’s Fantastic Four and its 2007 sequel, took his mother’s advice and ended up playing Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, in 11 Marvel movies, from Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011 to last year’s Avengers: Endgame.

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Pink gives herself uneven buzz cut during self-isolation

Pink is sporting an uneven buzz cut after deciding to give her hair a trim during a drunken night in self-isolation.The What About Us singer is currently holed up at home in the U.S. with husband Carey Hart and kids Jameson, three, and Willow, eight, i…

Pink is sporting an uneven buzz cut after deciding to give her hair a trim during a drunken night in self-isolation.

The What About Us singer is currently holed up at home in the U.S. with husband Carey Hart and kids Jameson, three, and Willow, eight, in an effort to avoid spreading the contagious Covid-19 virus.

While suffering from boredom during the indefinite self-isolation, Pink decided to try her hand at hair styling – after coming up with the idea following a few drinks.

She recalled the incident in a video posted to Instagram on Tuesday, telling followers: “When I drink, I get really, really brilliant ideas, and last night, I got an idea – ‘I can cut hair! I can totally cut hair! Why have I been paying people all this time?'”

She then pulled up the side of her beanie hat to reveal two patches of hair which were shaved a little closer to her head than the rest.

“Look what I did,” the Grammy-winning singer asked. “What do you think? A good look?”

Laughing off her mishap, she added: “I think I’m looking pretty good! Am I giving like, Alyssa Milano vibes right now? Charlize Theron? I don’t know. I might try to fix it tonight. What do you think?”

Signing off on the video, the singer declared: “Stay safe. Stay home. Cut your own hair! Screw it!”

Pink jokingly captioned the post, “Hair cuts and drinking… Quarantine diaries.”

And she’s not the only one to reach for the clippers during self-isolation, as Captain America star Chris Evans was recruited by his younger brother to shave his head.

Scott Evans took to Instagram to reveal his new buzz cut, and in a video later shared on Twitter, the Avengers: Endgame actor can be seen tentatively shaving his sibling’s head.

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