Edgar Wright - RT's Dinner and the Movies Interview
An hour of chat with the Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz helmer.Edgar Wright is best known for his collaborations with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, which broke through with cult British TV show Spaced. In 2004 they hit the big screen with Shaun of the Dead, the trio's attempt to give birth to the rom-zom-com, and it was the launchpad for their domination of the world. Its success internationally allowed the team to come back with Gloucestershire's answer to Bad Boys II, the hysterically funny Hot Fuzz.
They've dubbed the movies the first two parts of a planned Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy - based on a popular brand of ice cream in the UK - which will eventually culminate with a mint-flavoured finale.
Wright cut his teeth on television as a director of shows such as French & Saunders, Is It Bill Bailey and Asylum. Since the phenomenal success of Shaun and Fuzz, he shot one of Grindhouse's fake trailers, for a surreal slasher movie called Don't, and is prepping work on the big-screen adaptation of Jon Ronson's book Them, and adaptations of comics Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life and Ant-Man.
And when he's not doing all of that he has played a zombie in George Romero's Land of the Dead and made frequent appearances in Peter Serafinowicz' devilishly funny TV show Look Around You.
With the Writers' Strike halting work on his American projects, Wright took some time last month to put together a series of special screenings at the New Beverly Cinema in LA. Dubbed The Wright Stuff, the series saw sell-out performances of some of Wright's favourite films including Evil Dead II, Flash Gordon and Raising Arizona.
As part of our ongoing series of Dinner and the Movies conversations - which kicked off with our mammoth chat with Kevin Smith early last year and continued as we took Neil Gaiman out for sushi - RT brought Wright into our London office to sit down with us for more than an hour and talk about his career past, present and future. Alas, we didn't provide Cornettos.
By popular demand we've provided the full version of our chat as an MP3 download for your listening pleasure. For those who prefer their soundbites in text form, we've extracted the juiciest morsels which you can find on the pages of this article.
On McSpaced - the US remake:
On the third feature with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost:
Read on for more highlights from our chat with Edgar Wright, or treat your eyes to a break and wrap your ears around the audio, which you can download at the link below.
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