FILM Rejoice, fans of smart, sharp, genre-tweaking comedy: Hot Fuzz the latest from Shaun of the Dead writer-director Edgar Wright, cowriter-star Simon Pegg, and costarslacker extraordinaire Nick Frost has arrived. Pegg plays a London supercop whose makes-everyone-else-look-bad ways get him shunted to a small town where policing is limited to underage drinking and escaped swans. Or is it? Hot Fuzz apes British cop shows and American blockbusters that take law enforcement to explosive levels, including the singularly silly Bad Boys II. Recently, I sat down with the trio to get the buzz on Fuzz.
SFBG Considering Shaun‘s popularity, do you think people were surprised you didn’t make another horror movie or a sequel?
EDGAR WRIGHT I think, because every film takes three years essentially to make, to spend six years of our lives on the same idea would have been a mistake. We have so many stories to tell that you just want to keep moving on.
NICK FROST Most of the [Shaun] characters died, as well.
SIMON PEGG Plus I don’t think we wanted to be specifically tied to one genre even if we do comedies every time and be known as the guys who do horror comedy. It would be nice to flip between genres and types of comedy as well.
SFBG I was watching the trailers before The Hills Have Eyes 2, and someone yelled out, "Shaun of the Dead!" when the Hot Fuzz preview came on.
SP I don’t think Hot Fuzz would have been such an easy sell over here if it had been our first film, because even though it ends up being much more American than Shaun of the Dead is, it’s also much more British than Shaun of the Dead is. What we’re kind of hoping is that the groundswell of support for that film, which seemed to take place mainly on DVD, will be the thing that brings people to Hot Fuzz. I’ve been amazed at how many people have seen Shaun of the Dead.
SFBG What do people say when they see you on the street?
NF [Noo Yawk accent] Hey, Shaun of the Dead, right here!
SP I ran into someone on the Sunset Strip who was wearing a Shaun of the Dead T-shirt. He was a bit stunned, and so was I. (Cheryl Eddy)
Hot Fuzz opens April 20 in Bay Area theaters. For an extended interview with its creators, click here.