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Stunts of the Film
It was important to Wright that the actors did a good portion of their own fighting and that stunt teams supplemented that work. He felt that it added to the authenticity of the piece. Additionally, the cameras were set at quite wide angles, so there was simply no cheating it in a number of the key sequences. For his fights, Wright once again relied upon his childhood for ideas. He offers: "I wanted to draw inspiration from the same sources as Bryan, as I too have grown up with video games, Japanese animation and kung fu seared onto my brain.”

Part of Jackie Chan's and Jet Li's legendary teams would lead the cast in learning to defy gravity. "The fight sequences in Scott Pilgrim are designed to dazzle; they combine the fantastic fight choreography of Brad Allan [also second-unit director] and fellow fight coordinator PENG ZHANG, with kaleidoscopic animation special effects,” Wright says. "We struggled to come up with a snappy description of the unique action sequences in the film; at one point ‘fightsical' was bandied around to describe the musical aspect to the action. We also described the John Hughes' coming-of-age comedy mixed with brutal kung fu as ‘Hughes fu.'” He pauses…"It looked better written down then it did said aloud.”

Cera, Winstead, Schwartzman and Whitman began training in Los Angeles in January 2009, before the April shoot began. From cardio work that included many pushups and endless running, as well as stunt and kung fu training, it was intense, to say the least. All agree it was a bonding experience working alongside the incredible martial artist Zhang as they learned how to throw punches and kicks, as well as to perform the necessary flips and tumbles and to master their various weapons (while on wires).

Fight trainer and stunt coordinator Allan started with the talent by simply getting them into fighting shape and increasing their stamina. Cera learned to perform a lot of his fighting and swordplay. He remembers: "I learned there is lot of trust involved because you're literally depending on the guy who's holding the rope. They had us doing all kinds of things that my body has absolutely no capability or desire to do and that I will probably never do again, but it was amazing. I'm planning on just sitting around and never doing another push-up for the rest of my life.”

Determined to keep up, Wright worked out with the actors every day in Toronto; the cast would train up to five or six hours a day to learn the moves taught in the boot camp run by Li's and Chan's trainers. Winstead recalls that Wright did many of the tough workouts right alongside them. "He got to feel our pain,” she says, but she admits the process brought her "an amazing sense of accomplishment.”

Like many performers, Schwartzman had long wanted to fight in a film but never had the chance. He offers of the experience: "It was a thrill to be able to just devote myself to learning how to sword fight. But it was hard to fight Michael. I love the guy.” One of Gideon's sparring partners, Knives Chau herself, Ellen Wong, was more than ready for the training sessions in which she would face off against Gideon and Ramona. She says: "Who wouldn't be excited about running up the wall and flipping back, doing a 360 in the air? It was just cool.”

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