Simon Pegg turned zombie movies into a romantic comedy by cowriting and starring in Shaun of the Dead. Collaborating again with director Edgar Wright, the boys turned their attention to cop movies. Hot Fuzz focuses on the extravagant American spectacles like Point Break and Bad Boys II, movies that are as overpowering in the UK as they are here.
Simon Pegg Talks Hot Fuzz
"It's not just a number of movies, it's a whole genre that has fed into British culture since the '50s in all its incarnations through the sort of hard bitten French Connection/Serpicos of the '70s through to the more high concept Lethal Weapons and Die Hards and Last Boy Scouts and right into Bad Boys II," explained Pegg. "It's evolved into the British consciousness. And also, we're very hungry for American culture in the UK. I think there's something, we don't quite like seeing ourselves on the screen. We get a bit bored of it so exotic locations and people who have guns is so exciting to us."
The name comes from the style of two-word titles like those mentioned in Pegg's above examples. When musicians The Killers came out with an album called Hot Fuss, it was pure coincidence.
"We came before that although it was a simultaneous sort of moment. We were in New York and I walked into a record shop and there it was and I thought, 'Oh sh*t, someone's made an album with a very similar title to our film.' But we saw the Killers recently at a thing. We didn't sort of talk about it either, did we? We just sort of said hello to them."
Pegg has made his own big American action movie, but his Mission: Impossible III role kept him from most of the spectacle. "Most of my stuff was actually fairly studio based. I was kind of IMF headquarters so I didn’t get to see too much of the action. I did go to set one day and they were shooting a scene where the car was rolling over and over and that was very interesting to watch. It was interesting to see just how similar huge budget and small budget films are. It's not a massive leap really. It's the same dynamic on set, it's the same relationship between the first and the cast and the first and the director, the director and the cast and so on and so on. What differs are the resources and it was amazing to see the resources they had on Mission: Impossible III. It was $180 million worth of film there. You could make a hell of a lot of Hot Fuzzes for that. The catering was probably the thing that amazed me the most."
Though most of the films mentioned so far are part of lucrative franchises, Pegg doesn't think Hot Fuzz should spawn sequels. "I don't know, I think it would be silly to do. It's an easier sequel to do than Shaun of the Dead because it's just Danny and Angel getting into another adventure, but it's like Hot Fuzz is like an origin story. It's how they become Hot Fuzz and I think once you have them just being Hot Fuzz, it'll be less fun. It would just be two hours of the last half hour of Hot Fuzz. Tiring."
Hot Fuzz opens to theatres tomorrow, April 20th.
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