Posted at 5:00 AM Mar 26, 2010
By Kiala Kazebee
If Zooey Deschanel is this decade's manic pixie dream girl, then Michael Cera is her male counterpart. Mention Zooey to any girl I know, and even though we might all covet her hair, the eyes begin rolling and the disgust for her stupid singing voice comes spewing forth. Mention her in hetero male company, and the butterflies and puppies and kittens alight in a riotous display of love and fluffy, fluttery excitement.
Michael Cera inspires a vaguely similar response (albeit vice versa gender-wise), but nothing has polarized the Cera feelings like the decision to cast him as Scott Pilgrim. Alison Hallett over at the Portland Mercury (a Pilgrim enthusiast, if you will) does not cotton to this "self-aware, sensitive" version of Pilgrim, and it seems to be the internet consensus that with this role, the twee Cera might have overplayed his hand.
I like Michael Cera (and so does Alison- just not as SP), even if he does play the same dude over and over again. I like Scott Pilgrim. I like the two together. However, I am totally open to someone else playing that role even though I know that is not an option at this point. My question to you Dudes and Dolls is: if we agree Michael Cera is all wrong in this role (which I do not) who would make a better Scott Pilgrim? And if any one of you say Chris Pine, I will smack you in the face with my vinyl limited edition self-titled debut Sex Bomb-omb album.
Watch the Pilgrim trailer and decide for yourselves: