Site Just Got Real:
An Interview With Nick Frost and Edgar Wright
this year was loaded -- LOADED -- with Hollywood stars and
associated talent coming to San Diego. Yet for some of us,
the most important weren't the likes of Edward Norton (yeah,
take that, Marvel) but two men who we already know delivered
one of the most satisfying films of the year, Hot Fuzz.
promote the DVD release (out today) in the US, Nick Frost
and Edgar Wright braved hordes of fans and even sat down
for a press conference.
entered to applause from the press, Edgar a little dazed
but bright-eyed, and Nick smiling while clutching his coffee.
It sounded, too, like both men had been doing a lot of talking
in panels and with fans. Edgar's voice teetered on the edge
of hoarseness throughout the conference.
part one of the conversation...
Just for the record, we cannot answer any questions about
How much better does a pint look when it's shown in HD?
That's a good question.
I'd say thirty percent better.
I haven't actually got an HD player yet, so I haven't seen
either of our films in HD, but now that you've said that
I'll take a look. I wasn't convinced, but now there's a
chance of seeing what a pint looks like in HD, I'll check
it out. Good, I expect.
Your movies always make me thirsty.
Good. I think you should do good drinking games with both
Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead.
Is there one yet?
I don't know. How would it work? If you took a pint of beer
every time they had a pint, a shot every time they use the
A pint of beer every time you see a policeman…Yes, Jenny,
I've always been fascinated by movies shot in supermarkets.
What made you decide to have your finale in a supermarket?
I used to work in a supermarket. I used to work in the very
supermarket that's in the film. I was a shelf-stacker. That
was my Saturday and holiday job for like five years. When
they storm the outside of the supermarket in the car park,
that was where I used to work.
think you should do good drinking games
with Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead..."
by Erin Frost
So I think that when I was a teen-ager, I used to dream
of f***ing the place up. (laughs)
In the Shaun of the Dead DVD, you had a lot of extras, including
ones that showed the other stories. Are you going to do
that kind of thing for this one, too? Are there lots of
Yeah. Absolutely. There's loads and loads of extras. Even
while we were deep in the film, we were doing DVD content.
We kind of produced the DVD extras ourselves. Some of them
are on different versions. The HD version has everything,
and I think the Wal-Mart has a kind of two-disc edition
as well. So there's basically reams and reams of extras.
We really enjoy
the stuff like "plot holes," the bits which we animated
for Shaun of the Dead. We tried to do the things
people liked from the first DVD, like plot holes. And we
expanded, like on the first DVD we had "Funky Pete," in
which we tried to do the television safe version.
did get in trouble with Universal because we never completed
our TV version; contractually you have to do that. So this
time around, we did all of our swear word replacements,
and we had a lot of fun doing that. That's on the DVD called
When it turns up on American Airlines, I want it to be at
least entertaining in the clean version. I always thought
the TV versions of 80's action films like Lethal Weapon,
Robocop and Die Hard were amazing. So many
things that they've given us like "melon farmer," "muddy
funkster," …"forget you!"
We wanted to
come up with some good ones. We kind of go "funk," "silt,"
… "peas and rice…"
Peas and rice! Another good one. We had a lot of fun doing
the TV safe version. Also to replace the C word we got to
take from The Nutty Professor the word "klump." So
that's a good sort of dialogue replacement as well.
Isn't it worse than the actual word?
It can be, yeah.
That's what's funny about it. I think Patton Oswalt does
a funny routine about dialogue replacements that sound even
ruder than the actual word.
Nick, I noticed that at least on the U.S. release of the
DVD, you're not on the creator commentary. Was this your
decision, or they didn't include you?
It'll be on the HD and I can't even say the company, it
hurts my mouth.
Yeah, Wal-Mart. It's on the double disc.
It's an exclusive Wal-Mart thing? How did that happen? I've
never even heard of that.
You've never heard of Wal-Mart?
I've never heard of Wal-Mart having a special edition set,
especially with something like you guys.
Yeah, it's a mystery to us, too. On the Wal-Mart one all
the way through it in the corner it just says "Wal-Mart."
It never leaves.
Has the movie already been released on DVD overseas?
Yes it has. It's out already in the U.K. It sold a million
copies in four weeks.
It broke records when it opened in theaters there, too.
Did the studio do anything for you, buy you a car?
We got a case of Cristal champagne, which it doesn't seem
Did they buy you that coffee? (Nick came in with a
never heard of Wal-Mart?"
by Erin Frost
No! We had to buy that ourselves!
When you stand in line for coffee, do you get mobbed by
the people out there? Do they recognize you?
We generally get mobbed by baristas in Starbucks. That's
our fan base.
It's a very low level…
We basically try to walk up and down the line until we get
Can you talk about what you have next?
We're all writing at the moment, having a furious writing
period. Simon is writing something with Nick, and Simon
and I are going to start writing something later this year.
That should hopefully be the third in what we're calling
"the Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy."
The three flavors Cornetto.
I'm writing two adaptations, both of which I've been doing
before Hot Fuzz. We've only really finished doing
the press tour for the film last month in France. We've
been essentially doing press for six months, so now we can
get started writing.
Do you guys switch off? Is that why Simon isn't here?
He's shooting a film at the moment.
Edgar Wright: Simon Pegg has actually said "I hate
all geeks. I'm never going to Comic-Con again." (laughs
long and loud) You put that on record!
No, he wasn't here last year, either. It was just Edgar
So he does hate all geeks.
Yeah, I think he fears what he loves most.
He came here three years ago and saw a Batman made out of
Legos. He never recovered.
He didn't think it could get any better than that. So he
never came back.