I think a gentleman is someone who holds the comfort of other people above their own. The instinct to do that is inside every good man, I believe. The rules about opening doors and buying dinner and all of that other ‘gentleman’ stuff is a chess game, especially these days.
I saw this on College Humor with the Game of Thrones actors, [link] and wanted to do a version with the star-studded Scott Pilgrim vs. the World cast. Like the original, I’ve looked up their entire filmographies and picked the best movie or TV show (not including Scott) that each actor has appeared in (the best thing they were in, not necessarily their best performance), taking heavily into account the size of their role. It’s mostly based on general consensus, but when between two more or less equal options, I’ve used my own opinion as a deciding factor. I’ve also tried to focus on pre-Scott Pilgrim roles when I can and there isn’t an obvious post-Scott role to go for. Here we go!
Michael Cera (Scott Pilgrim)
BEST ROLE: Evan - Superbad (2007)
RUNNER-UP: Arrested Development, Juno, Youth in Revolt, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
I mean, it’s kind of hard to pick a movie of Michael Cera’s that is more prominent than Scott Pilgrim, considering that’s pretty much his biggest movie, but before that, Superbad was the movie that put him on the map. Although he already had some attention from playing George Michael on Arrested Development, Superbad brought him to the public attention. Of course, after that, he was in almost everything for about a year, before disappearing altogether…making us wonder if he was ever really here at all…
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Ramona Flowers)
BEST ROLE:Wendy Christensen - Final Destination 3 (2006)
RUNNER UP: Sky High, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
I’m not a big Final Destination guy, but every article that doesn’t refer to her role on Scott Pilgrim refers to her role in the third installment in the series, and she even got a cameo in the fifth film (using archived footage). My personal choice would have been my go-to movie when I was in high school, Sky High, but no-one else knows or likes that movie, so… (Here’s a link anyway, though)
Jason Schwartzman (Gideon G. Graves)
BEST ROLE:Max Fischer - Rushmore (1998)
RUNNER UP: The Darjeeling Unlimited, Bored to Death
The role for Gideon was literally written for Jason Schwartzman to play, so he was one of the best established (if not the best established) actors prior to the film. In spite of this, he didn’t have a lot of work, save for his stuff with Wes Anderson (the greatest director after Edgar Wright, who–hey–did the Scott Pilgrim movie!). Maybe, technically, Darjeeling is a bigger movie than Rushmore, but everyone I ask about it agrees that it’s one of Anderson’s weaker films, he was far more memorable in Rushmore, I personally like Rushmore better, it gets referenced in a Fall Out Boy song, and if you’ve never seen geeky teenage Gideon with braces, then I’m happy to enlighten you. Unrelated; I like how so far most of the pictures have been with the actor off-center…except for fucking Gideon, who has to be center stage XD
Kieran Culkin (Wallace Wells)
BEST ROLE: Jason “Igby” Slocumb, Jr. - Igby Goes Down (2002)
RUNNER UPS: Home Alone, She’s All That, Cider House Rules
That shit-eating grin has gotten Macaulay Culkin’s brother to go places. Besides bringing his sass to the role of Scott’s cool, gay roommate, it also got him a cameo in his brother’s breakout films as a kid who pisses the bed all the time…apparently on purpose. But it was Igby Goes Down that first gave him a starring role and tested his acting chops, as a self-centered rich teenager getting kicked out of schools left and right, and moving away from his toxic home. Is it a great film? I wouldn’t say that, it’s conclusion is kind of weird. But it’s a great role, which Kieran made, and which also made him. God, I wish he did more movies.
Ellen Wong (Knives Chau)
BEST ROLE: Jill “Mouse” Chen - The Carrie Diaries (2013-2014)
Ellen Wong is an absolutely beautiful young woman, and I don’t understand why she doesn’t have more roles. The Carrie Diaries, which was done after Scott Pilgrim, is the only really major thing she’s done besides a handful of episodes on various TV shows. People! Cast Ellen Wong more!
Alison Pill (Kim Pine)
BEST ROLE: Maggie Jordan - The Newsroom (2012-13)
RUNNER UPS: Midnight in Paris, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
Speaking of actresses who are criminally underused, Alison Pill has one of the most beautiful smiles of any actress I’ve ever seen, which she doesn’t get to use as Kim Pine (except for that one super weird moment when she does). She has gotten some attention on The Newsroom, though, which is great to see. However, if you’ve never seen her as Zelda Fitzgerald in Midnight in Paris, do yourself a favor and fix that (yes, that is Tom Hiddleston).
Mark Webber (Stephen Stills)
BEST ROLE: Hal Brandston - Snow Day (2000)
I genuinely believe that Mark Webber is one of the best actors in the film, one who actually improved on his otherwise sorta bland character from the comic (shout out to Chris Evans as the OTHER guy who managed that). How ironic that in spite of this, he has done very few major movies. I mean, I had pretty much forgotten about Snow Day until writing this. Look at the terrible quality of the picture I had to use! He does a bit of directing, though, so that might be why his roles are limited. I want to recommend 2012′s Save the Date, another good movie of his, too obscure for this list, but it’s on Netflix, so help yourself.
Johnny Simmons (Neil “Young Neil” Nordegraf)
BEST ROLE: Chip Dove - Jennifer’s Body (2009)
RUNNER UPS:Elementary, The To-Do List, 21 Jump Street
Talk about the master of the supporting role! Johnny Simmons has gotten minor and supporting roles throughout his career, to the point that I wonder if he’s ever had a starring role. His most major in his most major movie has got to be Jennifer’s Body, which is unfortunate for him. He had a slightly bigger role in The To-Do List, but that movie didn’t really get far as Jennifer’s Body did.
Satya Bhabha (Matthew Patel)
BEST ROLE:Shivang - New Girl (2013)
Edgar Wright initially refused to cast any actor who was British, but Satya Bhabha lied about his nationality and got an audition, which was a good move, because not only did he land the biggest role of his career, but he also completely committed to a very silly role. Besides that, he has gotten a recurring role on New Girl which…makes me want to watch New Girl.
Chris Evans (Lucas Lee)
BEST ROLE: Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America - Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016)
RUNNER UP: Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, The Nanny Diaries, What’s Your Number?, Snowpiercer
I mean what else would I choose? When I wrote that Jason Schwartzman was the biggest actor in Scott Pilgrim, I forgot that Chris Evans was in it, which I do often; look a those two pictures. They almost don’t look like the same person! That’s the mark of a GREAT actor.
Brandon Routh (Todd Ingram)
BEST ROLE: Clark Kent, a.k.a. Superman - Superman Returns (2006)
RUNNER UP: Dylan Dog, The Flash
Ah, Brandon Routh. A decent actor who snagged the role of a lifetime, wronged by a mediocre movie. I still hold that with a better script, he could have made a great Superman for a full series of movies about the big blue boy scout. At least he’s getting a second chance as Atom (a role I never would have pegged him for, but hey, a gig’s a gig is a gig is a gig). Besides that…I thought Dylan Dog was great.
Mae Whitman (Roxy Richter)
BEST ROLE: Katara - Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005-2008)
RUNNER UP: Tinker Bell series, Kingdom Hearts II, The Perks of Being a Wallflower,The DUFF
I never said I was limiting to live-action roles! Easily Mae Whitman’s biggest project has been Avatar, among other voice work as Tinkerbell and Yuffie Kisaragi in KH2. However, her three-year, 59 episode run as the beloved Katara on Avatar dwarfs all her other work. She was an unexpected favorite from Perks of Being a Wallflower, though, so if you’re super against having an animated character on here, just pretend that’s who I chose.
Keita and Shouta Saitou (Ken and Kyle Katayanagi)
BEST ROLE: Kazuya and Tatsuya Uesugi - Touch (2005)
RUNNER UP: Feel the Wind (Shouta) and Waterboys 2 (Keita)
I swear I wasn’t going to group the twins together at first, but then I found out that their biggest roles were together, and figured I might as well. (It’s also very hard to find screens of them separate anyway). I haven’t watched Touch, although surprisingly I’ve seen the DVD around, so I am confident in giving it the top spot. See, they even get runner-ups!
Brie Larson (Envy Adams)
BEST ROLE: Molly - 21 Jump Street (2012)
RUNNER UP: The Gambler (2014), The United States of Tara (2009-11)
Another of my favorite actresses from the movie, Brie Larson got her start in ‘98 on the Leno show as the “Roadkill Easy Bake Oven” girl and has been getting a significant amount of roles since doing Pilgrim. I chose Jump Street because it was one of her bigger movies in which she was a main character (a personal favorite was her part in Don Jon, but unfortunately it was too small for me to include it), and also it’s the second Jonah Hill movie to appear on this list, which I think is very important.
Aubrey Plaza (Julie Powers)
BEST ROLE: April Ludgate - Parks and Recreation (2009-15)
RUNNER UP: The To-Do List (2013), Funny People (2009), Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
Look how baby-faced she is! I mean, the answer here is obvious. She’s definitely better known as April than as Julie, and in that show she managed to show off some genuine acting chops, too. Plus, she hooked up with Star-Lord, in one of the most endearing marriages in TV history since Morticia and Gomez Addams.
RUNNER UP:Up in the Air, Into the Woods, Twilight movies (just because they’re so famous 9__9)
Ah, Anna Kendrick, our love shall never be known…she doesn’t quite fit into the Scott Pilgrim movie,
as her role is really mostly filled by Wallace anyway. A part of me
thinks she was included to bring in an audience after her Twilight roles,
but…she did a good job al the same. And now she’s managing to stay
in the spotlight with her singing, whether it’s as part of an a capella
dance group, in a fairy tale musical, or something with cups.
I think that’s all the major actors in the movie, although there are some minor characters I glossed over. Did you enjoy this list? Please fave and reblog, and follow my blog for more Scott Pilgrim shenanigans!
She knew, as soon as she saw Chloe at the activities fair, that there was something between them. Beca had felt something spark in her eyes, and if it hadn'tve been for that dumb lanky-ass blonde then maybe she would’ve made a move sooner. But she hadn’t. And she’d let them build up a dumb friendship that now meant Chloe had every reason to say no. Even though she didn’t want to say no. God dammit.
She didn’t want to pressure Chloe- god knows she didn’t want to do that, she never wanted Chloe to feel uncomfortable around her, ever. But something about her best friend made her say stupid things and go weak at the knees without her even trying. And the rest of the Bellas found it hilarious. The 5'1 ball of angst and badassery going all giggly and blushing when Chloe says her name. But there was a Magic that accompanied Chloe Beale wherever she went. And she sure did have a power over Beca Mitchell.
But she couldn’t stop her now.
“CHLOE! HURRY UP WE’RE GOING TO BE LATE!!” Stacie bellowed like a fish wife from the bottom of the stairs at the Bella House. “THE ORGANISERS SAID TO BE THERE AT 10- THATS FIFTEEN MINUTES!”
“I’ll be right there, Stace, you guys go ahead! I’ll get Beca and we’ll meet you there- we have the Thunderbird remember?”
“Fine whatever, blow us off for your girlfriend! See you there!” Chloe heard Cynthia-Rose giggle as the door slammed behind them.
In all honesty, Chloe hadn’t finished getting ready yet. Titanium had come on her spotify playlist, and… Well, let’s not go there. But the point was, she needed to do her makeup and choose an outfit for the festival. And she had to wake Beca up, and she didn’t last well without sleep. She’d leave her a few more minutes.
Chloe settled for her favourite green and blue shirt and her ass-hugging jeans. She winked and her reflection, jokingly smacking her own ass and clicking her fingers. Right, time to wake up the Monster (her very own sleeping beauty- she giggled).
Beca wasn’t in her bed when Chloe entered the room. That was odd, had Beca woken up already and gone downstairs? The Redhead bounded down to the kitchen, but she wasn’t perched in her usual spot on the countertop in the corner either.
“Becs?” She called out.
Chloe jogged back up the stairs, and repeated her call. She re-entered Beca’s room and scanned over it. Everything seemed in its place. The bed cover had been pulled back, as though her Co-Captain had gotten out of bed for something. Her laptop and headphones were sitting on the desk, the Standby light still flashing on the computer. Beca never remembered to turn it off when she went to bed a night. Chloe chuckled- that girl would never change.
The bathroom door stood slightly ajar.. And was that..?
“Beca? Bec? Are you in there?”
Chloe pushed the door open, and immediately ran across the room, throwing up violently in the waste paper basket beside Beca’s desk. The lifeless form of her best friend lay on the bathroom floor, a mixture of blood and vomit pooling beneath her cheek.
Chloe’s brain kicked into overdrive, her hands too shaky to dial numbers on her cell phone.
“911 what is your emergency?”
“my friend is on the floor and she’s not responding to me please help what do I do”
“Okay, miss, please stay calm. Can you check if she’s breathing for me please? And what’s your address? I will dispatch an ambulance for you immediately.”
“Bella Sorority House, Barden University. Okay, one, two, three, four… she’s not breathing she’s not breathing please be quick please I can’t lose her-”
“Take some deep breaths for me, ma'am. Can you tell me what happened?”
“I just came in and she was there and-”
The phone fell from Chloe’s hand and onto the floor, and it felt like the sight of the pill bottles that lay beside Beca were burning onto her retinas. She moved to beside Beca, shaking her
“Beca please wake up please wake up don’t leave me please”
She sobbed over the body of her friend, dissolving, unravelling as she clung to the brunette’s shoulders.
“Don’t leave me Beca, I love you, please please please wake up I can’t do this without you”
She turned Beca over, and only cried harder when she saw her smeared eye makeup, as though she had been crying before she took the pills.
Why her? Why not me?
The thoughts kept ringing in Chloe’s head until the ambulance technicians arrived. Suddenly someone pulled Chloe aside, and she heard lots of voices, and the words “one, two, three, lift”
They took Beca past her and out of the house, and a body blocked her path to follow them.
“Are you family?”
Yes, she thought. She’s the only family I’ve got here.
“Technically no, but she’s my best friend.”
“You can’t ride in the ambulance unless you’re family, ma'am. I’m afraid you’ll have to stay here and come to the hospital later.”
“You can’t stop me-”
“I’m afraid I can, ma'am. We’ll take good care of her. Maybe collect up some things, call your parents or a friend and then come to the hospital.”
“Oh, oh… Okay…” Chloe whimpered.
She knew it was wrong, but she had to find out why Beca had done this… She had to know… She would ask Beca when they got to the hospital. Would Beca be awake by then? Of course she would. Beca was going to be okay.
She opened Beca’s laptop- she was going to google the pills that she took, so she’d know what the doctors had to do and she’d tell them when she got there.
The backlight came on the laptop, and a Word document appeared.
Chloe’s heart nearly stopped beating in her chest. What was this?
~I never really thought I’d be writing this note. But I didn’t want you to not have an explanation.~
Shit. Chloe couldn’t breathe, but she kept reading against her better judgment.
~I love you. I’ve always loved you. Please remember that. None of this is your fault. I just can’t take it any more. Between my family, and classes, and the Bellas, and my internship, I’m living my life wondering when people are going to realise I’m not what they think. I’m not some rebel, I’m not smart, I’m not talented. I have nothing. There’s nothing anyone can do for me now. I need to do this, Chlo, and you’re the only reason I haven’t done it sooner. You’re the best thing that ever happened to me, Chloe Beale, and that is the only truth I know right now.
I know you don’t love me how I love you, and I have never blamed you for that- I’m me and you’re you and that says everything that needs to be said. I know you’re probably going to be the one to find me, because you’re the only one who cares, but I’m so sorry that you’re going to see me like that. You don’t deserve any of the shit that I’ve given you, and you’ve done so well to deal with me up until this point. I love you, and I will love you forever, no matter where I end up.
I also promise that I’m gonna do some serious haunting. I mean, yknow when you get married and have kids and stuff in the future, just know that I’m gonna be looking down, and I’m going to be so proud of you. You’re going to have an amazing life, and you’re so much stronger than you’ll ever know. And you’ll be even stronger without me.
I love you.
I have always loved you.
I will always love you. (And iiiiiiiiiiiiiiii, will always looovveee youuuuuuuuuuuuu- sorry.)
All of my love, always.
I’m so so sorry.
All thought of going to the hospital vanished. It was all Chloe could do to crawl to the corner of the room and cry at the thought of facing life without her best friend.