Collider recently sat down with Mary to discuss Gemini Man. You can watch the interview below. On top of that, they also talked about the roles she did early on in her career, working with co-star Will Smith, director Ang Lee, what it was like working on Birds of Prey with Margot Robbie, why she’d love to see a Scott Pilgrim vs. The World sequel and more!
Larry King sat down with Mary recently where they discussed her new show The Returned, and how even though Scott Pilgrim wasn’t a box office success, it’s managed to find cult status. They also talk about the rest of her career and what’s next.
Edit– I also added over 300+ screen caps of Mary’s appearance to the gallery.
After posting several new interviews early yesterday afternoon with Mary talking about her film Faults and The Returned, more new interviews are also online. First is one with Rama Screen where they discuss the film and the possibility of a Scott Pilgrim sequel:
Rama’s SCREEN: This movie was your husband’s feature directorial debut and he wrote it as well, so your having worked with many directors before, did you give your husband any input or advice along the way, during the filming process?
Mary Elizabeth Winstead: “A little bit, but he knew what he was doing, which I was really impressed by, he’s kind of a natural born leader, which I think is the most important thing in a director. And he’s also spent so much time on set with me just hanging out, and he’s learned so much in just by kind of observing, so I didn’t really have to give him that much advice, which was nice, it was really wonderful to be on set and to watch him in his element doing something that he’s really good at, it was awesome.”
Rama’s SCREEN: I was rooting for you guys, “Scott Pilgrim” back in 2010, but “The Expendables” and “Eat Pray Love” came out on the same weekend and you guys got beaten by those two films. So do you think Edgar Wright will come call you and say ‘Hey, let’s do SCOTT PILGRIM 2!’ or do you not see that happening at all?
Mary Elizabeth Winstead: “I don’t see that happening, I think because the film didn’t make a lot of money, I don’t really see the studio backing a sequel for that reason. But I don’t think it needs it either, I think it’s such a great movie on its own, and it will always be there, it will always exist, this great movie that we all made, and that’s certainly enough for me and I think enough for everybody involved. So ya, hopefully we’ll all get to work together again in some capacity because it was a really amazing talented group of people that I’d love to work with again someday, but I highly doubt it will be on the set of Scott Pilgrim 2.”
Next is an interview with ShockYa:
ShockYa (SY): You play Claire, a young woman whose parents are desperate to be reunited with her after she falls under the grip of a mysterious cult, in the new thriller, ‘Faults.’ What was it about the character, as well as the script, that convinced you to take on the role?
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (MEW): Well, I was a bit biased from the start, because my husband wrote the script and role for me. So I instantly knew that this was a character I was most likely going to play. It helped that I loved the script so much, and thought the role was so smart, exciting and interesting.
But I did have doubts about whether I’d be able to do the role justice, which was one of my main concerns throughout the process. I wanted to make sure I brought a lot of complexity to the role, and keep the audience engaged in the character. But once I got over those doubts and we were on the set, shooting, I knew I loved this character so much. I had so much fun playing her.
SY: Besides films, you have also starred in several short films and television series throughout your career, including the upcoming supernatural drama series, ‘The Returned.’ What is it about television that you also enjoy working on? How does it compare and contrast to making films, particularly indies like ‘Faults?’MEW: Ultimately, I like to do good material, as well as work with people I like. When I go back and look at all the things I’ve done, I typically chose my roles, based on the scripts and people involved. It doesn’t really matter what type of platform it is, whether it’s a short film, play, TV show or feature; it’s all the same to me, as long as I’m enjoying what I’m doing when I’m there.
The platforms all have their differences. TV is different, as actors are usually closer to the writers than we are on a film. We’re typically closer to directors on a movie than on television. So that’s a bit of a changeover we have to do in our minds, and get used to the different ways of working.
But at the end of the day, it all stems from the script and the material, which you have to be passionate about. That’s what really matters to me.
SY: Speaking of plays, since you’re primarily known for staring in feature films, as well as on shorts and television series, would you also be interested in performing in theater?
MEW: I would love to do theater. There have been a couple scripts that have come my way, which I have tried to get but didn’t, or have been offered to me, but I couldn’t do them because of scheduling. I’m certainly intimidated by theater, but the more people I meet, and the friends I make who are in the theater world, the less scared of it I am. They all tell me I’ll be fine, and it’s all the same, so I should give it a try. They’ve all been encouraging me to do it, so I think I will try it one of these days, whenever I can, and find the right project.
The Dallas International Film Festival has posted the tribute video they did in honor of Mary last month when she received her Dallas Shining Star Award in Texas. Check it out below and head to the gallery to see the pics in case you missed them.
Last night in Hollywood marked a Scott Pilgrim Vs the World reunion when Ramona Flowers herself Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Brandon Routh, Satya Bhabha, director Edgar Wright and creator Bryan Lee O’Malley attended Entertainment Weekly’s Capetown Film Festival at the Egyptian Theatre to show a special screening of the film and do a Q&A.
Head to the gallery to check out the full set where I’ve added HQ photos!
Also at the event, guests were also treated to exclusive footage of some of Wright’s upcoming movies, as well as a panel of Evil Exes, answering questions about the lines they most enjoy having quoted back at them. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, better known as her character Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim, said she will never tire of having people tell her they are “in lesbians” with her.
It’s just been revealed that Mary and her Scott Pilgrim Vs the World co-star Jason Schwartzman as well as director Edgar Wright & creator Bryan Lee O’Malley will be appearing at the EW Capetown Festival on May 1st, screening ‘Shaun Of The Dead’ & ‘Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World’ at the fabulous Egyptian Theatre.
MEW and the rest of cast will be there for a post-screening Q&A. Details are as follows:
The Entertainment Weekly CapeTown Film Fest makes its debut April 30 in conjunction with American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Join EW experts like Geoff Boucher and Jeff Jensen for some of your favorite films of the last 30 years followed by Q&As with special guests including John Carpenter, Terry Gilliam, Leonard Nimoy, Kurt Russell, Noah Wyle and others.
The Shaun of the Dead screening will begin at 7:30 PM with a post Q&A session with Edgar Wright and Scott Pilgrim will be at 10:30 pm.
Thanks to Melanie, I’ve added some new (but old) candid shots of Mary. Head to the gallery to see all the latest photos. We have a pic of her on set of The Thing:
New pics of her at the Toronto airport when she was arriving to TIFF:
Walking her dog in Toronto while on break filming Scott Pilgrim:
And finally we have a new photo of Mary while at the Hamptons Film Festival:
In a new interview with AsiaOne, Mary discussed missing out on action scenes in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and about screen-testing as SHIELD agent Maria Hill for The Avengers. I’ve posted part of the interview, the rest can be read by clicking the link above:
Winstead, who is best known for her performances in Quentin Tarantino’s cult hit, Death Proof (2007), graphic novel-adaptation Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010) and last year’s sci-fi flick The Thing, is far from pleased about the “relative ease” she enjoyed in her role as Abraham Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd Lincoln.
“I’m actually very jealous,” said the North Carolina native with a laugh, during a round table interview with reporters at The Ritz-Carlton Central Park.
“When I first signed on to do this movie, I was happy to take a break from action, as I had just finished Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, for which I did three months of martial arts training.
“Then, one day, I saw people doing stunts on set and I was like, ‘Oh man, I wish I could be one of them!’
“I remember I had a particular scene with Erin (Wasson) where she did a flip backwards…Right then, I was trying to stand up in my seat, because I wanted to do that too.”
On missing out playing the role of Agent Maria Hill in The Avengers, which went to Cobie Smulders:
“It was a matter of timing,” she explained.”At that time (during casting of The Avengers), I was more excited to find something small, which I felt would be the right type of project for me. So I did (indie flick) Smashed and it went to the Sundance Film Festival and got really good reviews.”
Mary also talked a little bit about her marriage towards the end, and about her new moves we’ll be seeing in an upcoming movie:
“I’m in this new movie where I have a small kick-boxing scene,” she said.
“After I made my moves, everyone was visibly surprised…Some asked me, ‘how did you know how to do that?'”
In a new interview with Film School Rejects, Mary talks about Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the appreciation fans have for Scott Pilgrim Vs the World and her role in Roman Coppola’s A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III. As always, posting a few snippets on here, but click the link above tor read the full interview:
So, when you read a passage detailing a vampire throwing a horse, is that the sign-me-up moment?
Oh my God, that scene is insane [Laughs]. Most of those scenes I had no concept of what they were going to look like, since I wasn’t even there when they were shooting them. I was blown away when I saw that for the first time. You do think, “I have no idea how they’re going to do that and I have no idea how that’s going to look,” but that’s kind of exciting. There’s a mystery factor to it.
You do have the makeup challenge, though. To what degree do you have to readjust how you act?
You do have to do that a little bit. It’s harder to be expressive, because you got so much stuff on your face it can be hard to make facial expressions. That’s a bit of a challenge. At the same time, it added so much for me, because I didn’t know how I was going to play someone about 20 years older than me. As soon as they put the aging makeup on, it became easier and made more sense. Naturally it just became easier.
Roman Coppola made A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III sound pretty surreal. How do you describe that movie?
It’s basically about this man going through a bit of a crisis, and it’s shown through his perspective and what’s going on in his head. He’s quite imaginative. It takes place in the 70s, but it’s highly-influenced by 1930s musicals. There’s a lot of musical numbers, fantastical set pieces, and things like that. It’s very whimsical and sweet.
Did all that call for a more heightened performance?
Well, it’s always different, and it depends on what it is. This one was so heightened that you had to go over the top and have fun with it. I’m in a fantasy sequence where I play this dominatrix military type of office, calling out commands to other women. In his head, that’s what he thinks women are like when men aren’t around. Of course, he’s totally wrong and it’s totally ridiculous. You just have to go with it and chew the scenery.