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Simon Pegg • Nick Frost • Jim Broadbent • Timothy Dalton
DIRECTOR: Edgar Wright

Nick Frost and Simon Pegg THE CONCEPT:
The makers of the hit movie Shaun of the Dead have another winner, one of the most successful comedies to ever open in Britain. Nicholas Angel (Pegg), a police officer in London whose arrest record is 400% higher than anyone in the force, is transferred to the seemingly crime-free village Sandford. However, as a series of grisly accidents rocks the village, Angel is convinced that Sandford is not what it seems.

U.S. RELEASE: April 20 2007, Limited • Rated: R


“This film costs twice as much as Shaun of the Dead, but the ambition in the script is probably 5 times that in terms of the amount of characters and the plot and the action. Doing (the action scenes) was really tough and doing them in the UK with the terrible weather was even worse. What’s funny is in that end shootout in the town square we never had the money to close the roads down, so with every shot, behind the cameras were 50 school children and old ladies watching. It was really surreal.”

“We wanted to make a title that really had very little meaning. And also to appeal to the two word titles of the ‘80s and ‘90s flicks like Lethal Weapon, Point Break and Executive Decision. All those titles seem to be generated from two hats filled with adjectives and nouns, and you just go, ‘Okay, that’ll do.’ And also with Shaun of the Dead, because it was a pun on a specific English phrase, it got changed a lot, so we figured let’s start off with something that means nothing and then they won’t change it. In Spain, Shaun of the Dead was called Zombies’ Party.”

NICK FROST (Police Officer Danny Butterman):
“It’s very Euro, isn’t it?”

“In a way Hot Fuzz is on one hand very British and the other hand trying to be very American and that’s kind of the joke. The film mutates half the way through and it’s that point where Angel and Butterman watch Point Blank and Bad Boys 2, after that it starts to go off the scale.”

“We don’t use the S word, by the way – spoof.”

“With Shaun of the Dead, we wanted to make a zombie film. We didn’t want to make fun of zombie films. There are slightly more elements to parody in Hot Fuzz where we are drawing attention to some of those grander clichés that are always employed, like the never-ending magazine full of bullets and the capacity to fire at each other and not hit anything.”

“Clichés like someone saying, “I’ll give you information in five minutes,’ and you know that they’ll be dead in five minutes.”

“It’s like inhabiting that genre comedically rather than making fun of it. There’s no derision in Hot Fuzz. We don’t feel superior to the source material at all.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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