It took nearly two hours to get from my apartment in Queens to the New York City Police Museum in lower Manhattan. But seeing as I was about to hang out with Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright, I would've gladly waited longer. Apparently, Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were all gathering at the museum for some sort of press conference later that afternoon -- so, when I arrived, I was ushered into a back room where two folding chairs were waiting. It took me a minute, but when I finally decided to look around I realized I was in the "gun room." Yes, I was surrounded by over 150 different guns. On top of that, several tourists -- there to visit the museum -- were shuffling about, leaving Wright and I somewhat awkwardly stuffed in the middle of it all.
If you don't know who Edgar Wright is, then I suggest doing some research. One of the hottest up-and-coming directors in the UK, Wright -- along with his partner-in-crime Simon Pegg -- are responsible for the hit show Spaced, as well as one of the best horror-comedies in recent memory, Shaun of the Dead. For Hot Fuzz, Wright once again teams up with Pegg and Frost for another genre satire; this time, they're going after those big-budgeted action flicks like Point Break and Bad Boys II. I spoke with Wright about the film, the cast and the comedy. Is Hot Fuzz part of a trilogy? When will Wright cross the pond and direct a Hollywood film? Read on to find out ...
Cinematical: Who did you make this film for? Fans of Shaun of the Dead? Fans of Jerry Bruckheimer? Fans of Michael Bay? None of the above?
Edgar Wright: Well generally, what you have to do with films is you have to make them for yourself. You kind of have to imagine yourself as the target audience, and I think if you try to imagine what might go down well then it could turn out to be a disaster -- you might not end up pleasing anyone. So the only thing you can do is approach every decision and every element at that level ... and see how it goes.
Cinematical: Personally, I think Shaun of the Dead is one of the best horror-comedies of all time ... and I know a lot of people feel the same way. So, going into Hot Fuzz was there any pressure to provide fans with a film that's as good or better than Shaun of the Dead?
EW: Well, you always want to do more good work. In a way, there's a very similar sense of humor -- you know, we first saw Hot Fuzz as a bit of a departure, really. We got so many offers to do another horror film; even do a sequel to Shaun. But we didn't want to do that, so we needed to find a way to do a different kind of story ... and this kind of basic premise is something we've wanted to do for awhile.