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By Geeky Gem

Last week I shared some trivia about Shaun of the Dead, this week I bring you the second film in the Cornetto trilogy. Hot Fuzz, another movie form Edgar Wright are you seeing the link here.

 Simon Pegg had weapons training in preparation for his role as Nick Angel, and also learned how to skid a bicycle properly along the way.

Lead character “Nicholas Angel” was named in homage to Nick Angel who worked as music supervisor for this film as well as Shaun of the Dead.

Throughout the film, Sergeant Angel uses a Vauxhall Astra Diesel and a Subaru Impreza WRX. The Subaru’s markings are “HF” obviously referring to the film title.

The code name “Dead Right”, which the film was shipped to British cinemas with, is actually the name of a short amateur film that Edgar Wright wrote and directed, when he was a student.

The judges for the Best Kept Village competition near the end of the film are played by Peter Wild and the mothers of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg.

Although Bill Bailey plays two different Sergeant Turners they both wear a uniform with service number 101 – even when they are appearing in the same scene.

Sampson the dog (who played Saxon the dog) was not allowed to become a real police dog as he was considered too friendly.

The first draft of the script included a love interest for Nicholas named Victoria. She was cut from subsequent drafts, but a good amount of her dialog was given to Danny, often without any changes.

The names of the townspeople of Sandford are almost all words for occupations or activities: Cooper, Porter, Turner, Shooter, Prosser, Hatcher, Paver, Butcher, Skinner, Fisher, Walker, Thatcher, Weaver, Roper, Tiller, Reaper, Messenger, Staker, Treacher, Cocker, Blower, Draper, Merchant.

Nick Frost got so attached to his Winchester shotgun during filming he named it “Emma”.

Again we have come to the end of another week in the world of trivia. See you next time.

My Geeky Trivia

By Geeky Gem

Last week I brought you trivia on a young man named Edgar Wright, this week I bring you one of his movies. This has to be one of all time favourite movies, so I will say no but just get on with it.


Many of the Zombie extras are fans of the TV series Spaced, which also starred Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and was also directed by Edgar Wright. They were recruited through the Spaced Out fan web site to be in the film.

Frequent references are made to Big Al’s claim that dogs can’t look up. This is a reference to the commentary to the second series of Spaced in which Simon Pegg (Shaun) and Edgar Wright talk about Nick Frost (Ed)’s claim that the difficulty in shooting a scene with a dog was due to the fact that dogs can’t look up.

The zombie that Shaun (Simon Pegg) and Ed (Nick Frost) find in their garden is Mary, the checkout girl from the film’s credit montage. A short story detailing her transformation into one of the undead was featured in issue 1384 of the classic British sci-fi comic 2000AD. The issue went on sale 7 April 2004. The strip was called “There’s Something About Mary” and was written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright (the film’s co-writers) with art by Frazer Irving.

The game that Ed (Nick Frost) is playing throughout the movie is Timesplitters 2.

Shaun (Simon Pegg) complains that Ed (Nick Frost) isn’t his boyfriend, then says, “Thanks, babe.” In season one of Spaced, a conversation begins in a similar manner between the two actors (“All right, babe?”). This was, however, a total mistake. The writers used the same joke again, forgetting they had used it in Spaced.

ecause of the timing and the indisputable similarity of the names, the distributors were forced to hold the film back until two weeks after Dawn of the Dead was released in the UK.

The “pyjama zombie” had his voiced dubbed over by Simon Pegg.

At one point, a zombie can be glimpsed wearing a yellow cycling helmet and lycra shorts. He’s played by comedian Michael Smiley, who made appearances in Spaced as a bicycle courier named Tyres.

All of the newsreaders and television presenters are real people portraying themselves.

While flicking through the Yellow Pages, Shaun finds the number for an Italian restaurant named Fulci’s, a reference to Italian horror director Lucio Fulci.

I know its not October but there is never a bad tie to have some zombie trivia in you life right? Well until next week Bye bye

My Geeky Trivia

 By Geeky Gem

 When I was a teenager, it was hard for me to find something that made me laugh. Yes there was Friends, but that didn’t always make me laugh out loud or scream as my ribs hurt so much. However there was one show that did just that, and came from the minds of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, possibly two of the biggest geeks out their, so how can I not do some trivia on the fantastic Spaced?

The series is full of references to, and pastiches of movies/TV series, some quite obvious and some amazingly obscure. The more prominent references include The Star Wars Trilogy, The Shining, The Evil Dead Series, Scooby-Doo, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The A-Team, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Matrix, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Taxi Driver, Pulp Fiction and The Omen.

Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes originally pitched the show as “a cross between The Simpsons, The X-Files and Northern Exposure”.

The inside of Tim and Daisy’s flat was filmed in the same studio as the scene in the local pub at the beginning of An American Werewolf in London.

Edgar Wright was originally sceptical of casting Nick Frost in the role of Mike, as at the time, Frost was a waiter with no prior acting experience. In fact, the character of Mike was born out of Frost making Simon Pegg (his flatmate) laugh, and Wright later said that Frost was brilliant in the part.

Julia Deakin said she drew inspiration from a male friend (who’s voice is similar to Deakin’s character Marsha), and also from a woman she met once on a Greek island who was ‘permanently pissed on red wine’.

 Channel 4 commissioned a second series before the first series was even transmitted.

 As they were making a documentary about the series, Jessica Hynes, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright were looking around the ‘Spaced house’, and one the people who lived there came and told them that there were Spaced fans outside taking pictures of the house. As a joke, Simon and Jessica went outside and said “are you taking pictures of our house?” The fans just stood there for a few seconds, stunned. In good nature they chatted and then posed for photos.

Many bit-parts, non-speaking roles and extras are played by crew members and friends and family of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nira Park.

Tim’s surname is a homage to comic artist Simon Bailey.

Brian’s character was originally written for Julian Barrett. However, Barrett couldn’t commit to the role, so Mark Heap was cast instead.

If you haven’t seen Spaced and like the work of the cast and crew mentioned above, then I would highly recommend that you get hold of this quite frankly excellent show and watch it. Don’t forget to come back next week and see what other treats I have for you.


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