Gentlemen, if you ever want to feel like a total blob of crap, the easiest way to accomplish that is by sitting across from Brandon Routh for a few moments.
Back when "Superman Returns" was about to come out, Legendary Pictures held a special screening of the film on the Warner Lot, and afterwards, guests had the chance to either pose for a photo with Routh or with Kevin Spacey. My wife didn't have to think at all about the choice, dragging me into the line for Routh. In the picture we ended up taking, my wife has a smile on her face I'm not sure I've ever seen directed at me.
And these days? Routh's at least twice as ripped as he was when he played Superman. I can only imagine what would happen if I unleashed her on him now.
Playing the Evil Exes in "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" has got to be one of the best gigs for any actor in 2010, and every single one of the cast members who played an Evil Ex appears to have had an amazing time doing so. Routh is so good in the role that it almost feels like he's rebooting his career here, and for most audiences, this will be an introduction to stage veteran Satya Bhabha.
Sitting down to talk to the two of them, we jumped right in to discuss playing "bad guys" who aren't, strictly speaking, bad, as well as how they were able to be spontaneous on the set of a film as meticulously constructed as this one.
"Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" opens this Friday in theaters everywhere.
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