Chris Evans, who plays a nemesis in the upcoming Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, wants to make one thing clear: His douchebag actor character, Lucas Lee, is not based on real-life My Name Is Earl star Jason Lee.
In the movie, based on Bryan Lee O'Malley's comic series, the title musician (Michael Cera) must defeat several villainous ex-boyfriends in order to date a girl named Ramona V. Flowers. Evans (Fantastic Four) plays one of the boyfriends, a skater/actor.
There has been some speculation that the character is based on Jason Lee, but Evans isn't so sure. "I don't know Jason, but someone actually mentioned that," Evans told a group of reporters last week. "The thing about Jason is, although they do have the similarities of skateboarding and acting, Jason, from the interviews I've seen, seems like a very modest, down-to-earth guy, and he's incredibly funny and incredibly likable. Lucas Lee is kind of a guy you'd want to smack in the face. He's a horrible actor. Jason Lee is a phenomenal actor. Lucas Lee is [from], like, the Steven Seagal school of acting."
Evans said that he was impressed by director Edgar Wright's fast-paced style on the set of the movie, which the director appeared to have pre-edited in his head before production. "He knows exactly what he needs," Evans said. "You could do one take, and he can come up and say, 'Look, I got what I needed. If you want another one, you can have it, but I'm good.' And you just trust him. I've never felt so secure with a director. He gets his days because, you know, again, there's no fat."
Scott Pilgrim is aiming for a 2010 release date, and expectations are high, as it comes from the creative team behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. "I have a lot of confidence and faith in that movie," Evans said. "I really think it's going to come out pretty cool. I want to say it's the most fun I've ever had on a movie. ... The only problem was that I only worked for three weeks. I was up there before they started shooting, doing some physical training and stuff like that with the cast, and everyone was just so awesome. That movie was five or six months, and it was just heartbreaking having to leave."