Feb. 19, 2007, 9:24 a.m. CST
Because reading a set visit for a movie already in theaters is pretty surreal. Just saying is all.
Feb. 19, 2007, 9:35 a.m. CST
God I love being a geek. Simon Pegg is proof that wasting your life playing videogames and watching movies can make you a God amongst insectoids. Great set report Quint.
Feb. 19, 2007, 9:53 a.m. CST
... I could blame an embargo on the tardiness of this report, but it was just me getting behind. I've had it half-written on the computer since the flight back from London, but I traveled so much last year... 5 international flights, plus Comic-Con and other set visits and my regular grind updating news stories, seeing and reviewing movies and going to film festivals. I just kept putting it off.<BR><BR>In my defense, the movie is still months away from release stateside, so... that's something, right?
Feb. 19, 2007, 10:04 a.m. CST
How did Simon Pegg get hold of the Darabont screenplay? Was he up for a role? IS he up for a role? Or is it one of those Hollywood things where you can get hold of any script you want if you've acted in a film at some point? Quint, inquiring minds want to know!
Feb. 19, 2007, 10:06 a.m. CST
Wells is the smallest city in England. It's not a fucking church it's a CATHEDRAL hence the fact that Wells is a city.
Feb. 19, 2007, 10:10 a.m. CST
and Id be willnig to bet darabonts is a better script than than koepps. Hot Fuzz was really cool, although I think it's one of these films that you either get or you dont.
Feb. 19, 2007, 10:12 a.m. CST
...that's a lot of ire for a mistake made by someone who doesn't live in Wells, near Wells, in England or even in the UK. He was there for a day, dude! Might we all guess you have some association with Wells, mate?
Feb. 19, 2007, 10:18 a.m. CST
... that woulda been hella cool to read four months ago, ya bugger. Of course, we'd all have gotten so excited at that point our heads would've literally BLOWN UP...
Feb. 19, 2007, 10:20 a.m. CST
You're both on the same wavelength and you could have finished each other's sentences. That way, your subject enjoys the chat and he's eager to please you with little nuggets of stuff he knows you (and your readers) would appreciate. I read the LA Times interview of Inarritu, by Susan King. It was a two page article, with HALF the article mostly taken up by who Inarritu is. The meat of her interview was in the second page, where she asked questions which he answered elsewhere and more comprehensively. It seems like a job for her, while you geeked out with each of your subjects and I hear how they'd talk in their unguarded moments. As a contrast to both, I downloaded that Charlie Rose interview of the three Mexicans, Cuaron, del Toro and Inarritu. Rose's questions were fairly well-thought out and intelligent, but I love the banter between the three caballeros how they would kid while they answer. You really got to see the dynamic between the three and how they all willingly support each other simply because that's what friends do. Well, your set visit for Shaun isn't exactly the same, but there's a lot of friendship there too, to hell with "reportorial objectivity".
Feb. 19, 2007, 10:35 a.m. CST
by Motoko Kusanagi
Isn't it? :-P
Feb. 19, 2007, 10:51 a.m. CST
by The Equalizer
I've been here all 31 years of my life and to this day I have never seen a sidewalk! Pavements everywhere, no sidewalks! ;o) Good write-up Quint. They seem like top blokes. I remember Simon Pegg back when he was doing the sketch show 'Big Train' with Mark Heap et al.. very funny show, you have to see it if you can get a chance.
Feb. 19, 2007, 10:54 a.m. CST
the UK. What will be interesting will be its american opening, the critically reviled Ghost rider raked in 44 million. British Cop movie which homages American cop movie. Will american audiences lap it up. I thought it was oustanding.
Feb. 19, 2007, 10:55 a.m. CST
This movie is gonna rock balls...
Feb. 19, 2007, 11:01 a.m. CST
I'm still laughing. This film is just as good as Shaun of the Dead, if not better. No complaints from me.
Feb. 19, 2007, 11:17 a.m. CST
first off I also come from a small city that has a cathederal and is constantly calling it a town so I feel my co talkbackers pain. Second I'm seeing Hotfuzz tonight. Can't frigging wait. I would of seen it sooner though I hate busy cinemas(I feel justified using British words here. There is no shame in being British with Gold like this coming out.) I discovered Spaced on a late Friday night without knowing a thing about it. It was a revalation. Like a lot of people I think I felt they were making that show just for me. It's exactly my kind of humour. The lack of imagination in British film is frightening whats worse is the lack of imagination of the producers of British movies. It's so hard to get any thing different made in the UK. it's so hard to break the mould. Everything is so damned traditional in this country. Any way I'm getting off subject. Can't wait to see this. WHOOOO role on 8:30pm.
Feb. 19, 2007, 11:20 a.m. CST
Apologies for my previous post. it's so hard to read(I'm not talking about myself just the post, I can read just fine.) I'm at work so rushing these posts before i get caught. Also excited about seeing this. and a Whoot for good measure.
Feb. 19, 2007, 11:32 a.m. CST
My expectations are high for this film, but from the trailers I've seen it looks like another slice of fried gold!
Feb. 19, 2007, 1:50 p.m. CST
by Olsen Twins_Fan
I really liked SotD, and was excited for Hot Fuzz. But this incessant coverage is making me hate it before I even see it. Seriously, chill the fuck out.
Feb. 19, 2007, 2:12 p.m. CST
by Freddie Mercury
I assume not, being that the article mysteriously disappeared. Not that I would have actually seen the film, or any film, at the Alamo Fratboy Terrordome Drafthouse anyhoo.
Feb. 19, 2007, 2:13 p.m. CST
by Son of Batman
Where's the trailer? It was on Ghost Rider, why isn't it online?
Feb. 19, 2007, 2:48 p.m. CST
I love sitting around discussing video games. To do that with Simon Pegg would be my Make-a-Wish.
Feb. 19, 2007, 3:04 p.m. CST
that thing ain't going to be around much longer. 360 BITCHES!
Feb. 19, 2007, 3:47 p.m. CST
I also think sometimes there is too much coverage of certain movies and it kind of ruins things for me, but I found a really great solution. Stop reading the articles.
Feb. 19, 2007, 4:14 p.m. CST
by board shitlez
Too many good lines to quote, but what really marked Fuzz out was the Nick and Danny characters were comic, but had a lot more depth than the Shaun pair - which were pretty much the Spaced ones. I really like them as rounded characters. Nick especially played his little bit of sadness really well, and the Pegg performance requires him to be a really generous straight man for quite a while. YOU MUST SEE IT!
Feb. 19, 2007, 4:57 p.m. CST
by Olsen Twins_Fan
If it makes you feel any better, I didn't read this article - just vented my spleen.
Feb. 19, 2007, 5:51 p.m. CST
by 13th Doctor
this movie was filmed 6 months ago.. there was this story then?????
Feb. 19, 2007, 6:43 p.m. CST
Thats all I gotta say
Feb. 19, 2007, 6:50 p.m. CST
Does anyone who's not a chav think of these guys (the chavs) as anything other than flamboyant retards? Do they have any street cred at all over there?
Feb. 19, 2007, 8:13 p.m. CST
...ex-pat Brit living outside DC here: they don't even qualify as flamboyant retards in my book. Imagine the worst white trash you've ever met, wearing knock off designer clothing, enabled by the state to live a life that affords them cigarettes and booze without working and rewards them for having children. As the cherry on top, the UK seems to actively cultivate this horrific mind-set. Example: Goody, Jane. I'm glad I left.
Feb. 19, 2007, 9:37 p.m. CST
by Evil Chicken
I think that’s when it opens on American soil. I simply cannot wait for this film. Great interviews, Quint; with three guys who clearly love what they are doing and are clearly wonderful at what they do. Cheers mates!
Feb. 20, 2007, 3:45 a.m. CST
by JAWS 2
Check out the chav debate at: www.chavvstrendy.co.uk
Feb. 20, 2007, 3:50 a.m. CST
And took jokey photos with fake guns in silly poses. There were about 400 people (no bullshit) doing the same thing. And Quint, you saw some of the most beautiful countryside we have in England as Somerset's the most beautiful county. Up yours Norfolk.
Feb. 20, 2007, 3:56 a.m. CST
tiredpm, do you seriously think that the UK is the only place with Chav's? The USA has their own versions, as do the French, Spanish and even the Cornish. Totally agree with you on the fact that our Government actually makes this lifestyle choice not only attractive, but easy and attainable too. But you've gotta love the fact that Big Brother made Jade Goody, and it finished her too. I once saw her at a recording of 8 Out Of 10 Cats, she has the most disgustingly shaped arse outside of a chubby chasers porn site.
Feb. 20, 2007, 6:46 a.m. CST
and I have to say on first viewing, I didn't think it was as good as SOTD. Yes there were lots of funny moments, but as you were watching SOTD you just knew, at the very point you were watching it, that this was gonna be one of your favourite films ever. Hot Fuzz didn't have that same feeling for me, and I thought it just got ridiculous towards the end. Entertaining, but pretty ridiculous. Still love Frost, Pegg, Wright and the whole team but those were my first impressions. Of course, chances are i'll probably end up watching it again and I hope its charm grows. As for chavs - its simply a way for the sneering middle classes to ridicule people who can't afford to buy the designer labels they take for granted. "Lets laugh at the poor folk, my God that jewellery must have been made fro tin foil, how uncouth". Its pure class snobbery.
Feb. 20, 2007, 7:48 a.m. CST
by board shitlez
That "Chav is a way of the rich laughing at the poor" argument gets old pretty quick. The "middle classes" don't take designer labels for granted because their disposable income is low. It also assumes that people who are in the lowest earning bracket are chavs. Not the case.
Feb. 20, 2007, 7:49 a.m. CST
if you want to see what Edgar Wright future plans are go to Dark horizons.
Feb. 20, 2007, 8:39 a.m. CST
that is all.
Feb. 20, 2007, 9:47 a.m. CST
income bracket? The point about "chavs" is that they wear cheap jewellery, fake designer labels - they do this because they are from low income backgrounds. And being middle class isn't just about how much disposable income you have to spend on your holidy to Tuscany, its about values and outlooks on life. Class in general is not just about your bank balance. The whole "chav" thing is old, but to be pretend it is anything other than classism is an attempt at defending the indefensible..
Feb. 20, 2007, 11:37 a.m. CST
Up in Scotland. Apparently they're known as Greebos somewhere down south. They really are a blight on humanity. And they ARE as bad as the stereotypes. It'd be funny if they didn't go around assaulting old ladies.
Feb. 20, 2007, 12:22 p.m. CST
by Talkbacker with no name
It seems if you are working class in the UK you are instantly labelled a chav! How sad you people are that you feel the need to join the silly tabloids (who started this crap) in labelling and painting people of this world with the same brush. <p>Jog on!
Feb. 20, 2007, 2:57 p.m. CST
You open your comment by saying "Its Shit", but then in your comment you backpeddle and say "I didn't hate it, any movie referencing Point Break has to have something". Which goes to show you have no idea how you feel about this film. This is a problem I see from most talkbackers. They don't know how to give a reasonable agruement as to why they did or didnt like a film, so they resort to full on bashing a film. Thanks for wasting our time.
Feb. 20, 2007, 3:25 p.m. CST
Maybe I was just expecting something even funnier than *Red Dwarf* was back in the day. ANd what's up with that special olympics worthy icon design that BBC America is sportin' now? I will still be at this flick on opening night.
Feb. 20, 2007, 4:22 p.m. CST
he probably has the actor's names on speed dial.
Feb. 21, 2007, 12:08 a.m. CST
... but then again it had a lot to live up to. Having seen Hot Fuzz last night I can agree with others that it's an entertaining movie but it's definitely lacking in some aspects (being too obvious for one). That said, I suspect it will be a grower as well... it just didn't have the initial impact on me that Shaun did. Plenty of great laughs to be had, tho, good action sequences and great to see some of the best of British comedy talent together on film (lots of nicely subtle Shaun references/cameos too). So, for me, not as good as Shaun and it never will be but it's certainly earned a place in my DVD collection.
Feb. 21, 2007, 1:43 a.m. CST
by Charlie & Tex
...we missed you on the shoot of Hot Fuzz by a matter of hours, as we due on location on our first shot of the movie (during Mr Pegg's morning run) not long after your packed up for the big smoke. Enjoy the movie, folks.
Feb. 21, 2007, 2:49 a.m. CST
The Tow-Truck drivers? (Loved the movie btw). Cedar_Room, my definition of a chav would be someone who wears a hoodie all the time, walks with a gangsta gait, hangs around in gangs as they're so hard, and assaults people for no reason other than boredom and insecurity. Plenty of them are from nice middle-class families, just as plenty of kids from lower-class families go on to do very well for themselves.
Feb. 21, 2007, 5:52 a.m. CST
by Talkbacker with no name
They are not so called "chavs". They are CUNTS!
Feb. 21, 2007, 6:26 a.m. CST
by Charlie & Tex
We were indeed the guys you mentiond - as we are sure you know, we also appear in another guise in Hot Fuzz! Cheers!
Feb. 21, 2007, 6:52 a.m. CST
by teh ran
Don't expect more of the same as SotD, it's intentionally different. Everything about this film is excellent from the cast to the soundtrack. As mentioned above it has some memorable quotes and will definately benefit from repeat viewing. I did a double take when I saw Edward Woodward as the NWA man, along with all the other actors they've roped in to make a class film this one will obtain a cult following like all before it. Did I like the film? YAARRRRP! Also the guy above who said it got ridiculous towards the end who wouldn't want to see an OAP gunfest? Classic!!
Feb. 21, 2007, 10:12 a.m. CST
Summeraisle...<p><p>The island in the Whicker Man!
Feb. 21, 2007, 12:08 p.m. CST
by Talkbacker with no name
which is a real supermarket chain here in the UK. I saw an interview with Pegg on 'Top Gear' who said the supermaket chain let them use their store and name for the shoot out.
Feb. 21, 2007, 1:09 p.m. CST
Thank you for the correction. Yet despite correcting its title, that did not make it funnier.
Feb. 21, 2007, 1:58 p.m. CST
Nice to finally put some faces to the names!<p>"It's alright Andy, it's only bolognese!". Pure genius.
Feb. 21, 2007, 3:33 p.m. CST
by Mr Chuff
"what a cunt". Saw it at the weekend...and yes "big, bushy beard" nearly made me shit laughing. Its all in the delivery...
Feb. 21, 2007, 3:33 p.m. CST
by Charlie & Tex
...there's a nice little anecdote about the jar of ragu that Edgar & Simon will probably mention on the audio commentary when Hot Fuzz is eventually released on DVD.
Feb. 21, 2007, 4:27 p.m. CST
still backpeddling I see. I dont care if you did not like the film. This type of comedy is not for everyone. I just ask that you back the statement up. The fact that you did not like the editor and where confused by the three endings does little to convince me that this film is shit. Besides this is all coming from someone who LOVES HUDSON HAWK. Nuff said.
Feb. 21, 2007, 4:45 p.m. CST
When you next see Edgar Wright, just let him know that Somerset's mighty proud. Looking forwards to the Ragu anecdote.
Feb. 21, 2007, 4:52 p.m. CST
if anything it is a sort of haomage to the wicker man.
Feb. 21, 2007, 4:58 p.m. CST
by Talkbacker with no name
This is not fucking catchphrase!
Feb. 22, 2007, 10:57 a.m. CST
by I Hope You Die
The jokes were sparse. The editing was supposed to be a parody of Tony Scott style editing but was poorly done and annoying. With a few exceptions the final action sequences lacked humour. I saw it in a crowded cinema and people only laughed a few times. Everyone agreed that it was mediocre.
Feb. 23, 2007, 6:31 a.m. CST
I laughed pretty much throughout but it was more "teehee" than "hahaha". Apart from the flying kick. Which was awesome.
Feb. 23, 2007, 7:57 a.m. CST
by Lost Prophet
there are plenty of rich chavs- it is an aspirational lifestyle choice and has less than fuck all to do with the amount of actual money you have. <p> although it is somewhat coincidental that a large majority of them are working class. I think it is something to do with the fact that urban planners crammed people into vile sink estates that breed despair. <p> Having said all that- "shitbag dressed in burberry(sp?)" is probably a better description of them. I would call them arseholes, but an arsehole is something I can't do without. There does seem to be an awful lot of them around nowadays.
Feb. 24, 2007, 9:30 a.m. CST
I think the point of Hiot Fuzz and to a lesser extent Shawn of the Dead was a re-envisioning of genre. Look at Hot Fuzz as an action movie with elements of comedy. They even hint at it with Bad Boys clips. <p> Better yet it is very hard to pigeon hole Hot Fuzz. Action film/Homage/Comedy/Ironic social satire it's all of these. <p> And the underlying gay theme is pretty damn funny also.
Feb. 24, 2007, 9:36 a.m. CST
After going through the thread and seeing the theme of some topics, I wondered why Shameless isn't mentioned as an example.
Feb. 24, 2007, 7:09 p.m. CST
Seriously, is there some place online I can buy a whole wardrobe in Burberry Check? I'm not being a smart-ass, I'm serious. I live in Atlanta and believe me, that shit would be HUGE down here.