Jason Schwartzman had Pilgrim fears

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A 2009 action-drama starring Channing Tatum and Terrence Howard. Shawn MacArthur (Tatum) is selling books off a blanket in midtown Manhattan when a few guys try to rob him. He beats them up, and this prompts their boss (Howard) to seek him out for underground knuckle fighting.
August 12th, 2010

Jason Schwartzman feared he would "ruin" 'Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World'.

The actor stars as evil mastermind Gideon Graves in the forthcoming movie - which sees Michael Cera's titular character having to battle the seven evil exes of his dream woman - and although he loved getting the opportunity to play an action role for the first time, he was nervous about living up to the standard already set by his co-stars.

He said: "It was really fun. But it was really scary because when I showed up they shot the Katayanagi twins after I shot my big sword-fighting scene. But, for the most part they had shot all the exes, I think, in chronological order so I kind of showed up toward the end.

"It was really scary for me because the director Edgar Wright was showing me a bunch of stuff they had edited together and it was like, 'Look at this!' and it was all so great.

"It was just kind of like a thing I was thinking to myself, 'This is a really great opportunity for me to ruin his movie.' "

The film was also the first time Michael had tackled any action scenes, and he admits he found it "scary and difficult" tackling the big fights.

He explained: "There is so much adrenaline right before the take. The stuntmen are amazing, right before the take they are getting pumped up and you're like, 'Oh my god, here we go.' The feeling is insane!

"That was a fight with like seven guys, seven stuntmen, there's a big fight. That one, I have just a memory of that being really scary, difficult and really cold too. It was really freezing when we were shooting."