Over the last 10 years, Mark Webber has acted in films directed by Jim Jarmusch, Woody Allen and Neil LaBute. He also wrote and helmed “Explicit Ills,” a movie starring Rosario Dawson and Paul Dano that won the Audience Award at South by Southwest last year. But none of these projects have made him famous. For that, Webber would need something big-budget. Enter “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” a teenage love story in which the title character, played by Michael Cera, has to battle — comic-book style — his crush’s ex-boyfriends. Webber plays Stephen Stills, the front man for Pilgrim’s band. As Webber describes him, “He’s a totally insecure and neurotic wannabe rock-star.”

Shooting the flick, which opens Friday, exposed Webber to a world of computerized special effects and Hollywood hype machines (it premiered at Comic-Con earlier this month), yet the Toronto shoot still felt very in line with his previous less-than-big-budget work. “There are summer movies that feel very packaged,” says Webber, who lives in Los Angeles with his two-year-old son, “but this had the spirit of an independent production. Just on a huge scale.” ­

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But that scale wasn’t large enough to woo Webber from the indie life completely. His next project is a film he wrote and in which he stars. “It’s again, for me, another personal story,” he says. “It’s about a single father.”

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