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Michael Cera, 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World'
Like Seth Rogen, Michael Cera faced a loud chorus of criticism when it was announced he'd top line the big screen adaptation of Bryan Lee O'Malley's cult graphic novel. Any fan of the "Scott Pilgrim" books would be hard pressed to find a resemblance between Malley's drawings and the skinny and awkward Cera. Moreover, Cera's attachment to the project came at the height of his post-"Superbad" and "Juno" fame when every studio was trying to snag the young Canadian (see Sony's unfortunate "Year One"). By the time the movie was headed to theaters, audience perception had turned so dramatically on Cera that Universal Pictures actually tried to hide his face in the movie's poster. Thanks to the talents of director Edgar Wright, however, Cera pulled off a great Scott Pilgrim. Unfortunately, audiences had no interest in buying a ticket for the instant classic. And as good as he was, you could argue Cera's participation didn't help make it the blockbuster it should have been.