Edgar Wright

Edgar Wright


4/18/1974, Dorset, England

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Edgar Wright is an English writer/director, most famous for directing the TV show Spaced and the film Shaun of the Dead. Edgar Wright began making films at age 14 for the amusement of himself and his friends. At 20, he made his first feature, A Fistful of Fingersmore


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Edgar's brother, Oscar, is an artist.

    • Edgar appeared in the movie Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as the 'Deep-thought Technician'.

    • In 2005, Edgar won the Bram Stoker Award.

    • Edgar Wright's and Simon Pegg's movie Shaun of the Dead created a new genre of film. The Rom-Zom-Com which stands for Romantic Zombie Comedy.

    • While shooting a Resident Evil style sequence for an episode of Spaced, Edgar and Simon Pegg realised that they both shared a passion for the Zombie genre. This lead to the creation of Shaun of the Dead.

    • Spaced which Edgar directed, ran for two series with a total of 14 episodes and was nominated for two BAFTA awards.

    • In 1999 Edgar was asked to direct the new sitcom Spaced. The series followed the lives of 2 twenty-somethings and their friends. Spaced was written by and starred Simon Pegg who later worked with Edgar on Shaun of the Dead.

    • In 2004, Edgar won the British Independent Film Award for Shaun of the Dead.

    • Edgar appeared as a zombie in George Romero's Land of the Dead. He played the 'Photo-Booth Zombie'.

    • Edgar started making and forcing films on his peers at the age of 14. Some of his work included Rolf Harris Saves the Day and Carbolic Soap.

  • Quotes

    • Edgar Wright: (On hanging out with Nick and Simon) We were on tour together for most of last year. I feel like we've all been in each others' pockets for most of the year! People think we all live in the same house like The Beatles!

    • Edgar Wright: (on a third series of Spaced) It's a fallacy that the show was cancelled because we had a chance to do the third one and we just didn't write it for various reasons. I can't speak for Simon and Jess but from my point of view I was just exhausted at the end of the second series. Both series were enormously all-consuming and at the end of the second one I was just done. I haven't done any TV since because it just wiped me out, completely.

    • Edgar Wright: The thing that we kind of do is we kind of make films that you just don't see in the U.K. – not to diss British cinema because there's lots of great British films – but we don't really make genre films anymore. So that what's fun for us is to kind of do things that people don't do. Obviously there's a great tradition of British horror films in the 50s, 60s and 70s, but there's actually no kind of cop films at all.

    • Edgar Wright: Hot Fuzz eventually aspires to being really like dumb popcorn fun, and I mean that as a compliment. You know both those films are about nothing except entertainment and spectacle and smashing things up. You can say whatever you like about Bad Boys II, but if you spend $130 million smashing cars up, it's going to be worth watching.

    • Edgar Wright: There were zombie films prior to George Romero, but he pretty much invented the cannibalistic aspect. What we now think of as zombies really are Romero zombies.

    • Edgar Wright: There are lots of other horror comedies that I love like Evil Dead 2 and Braindead, both of those go further into the comedy side. Both of them are very cartoonish, more live action Looney tunes than horror.

    • Edgar Wright: We're big fans of the Romero trilogy and we wanted to make a horror film that had a slightly different tone. We wanted to be funny but also very bloody and go as far out as possible. We thought the thing with this movie was to make the horror elements realistic and then make the comedy even though it's very funny and fantastical also slightly realistic and have a mundane edge to it. It plays out like what would happen to you or I on a Sunday morning if you had a hangover and had to cope with a zombie invasion.

    • Edgar Wright: Me and Simon we always sort of shy away from using the 'S' word, spoof, I mean It's definitely got parody elements to it but unlike spoofs like Scary Movie, we see this as very much like a celebration, like an homage or a tribute to those films, a love letter.

    • Edgar Wright: The thing with Hot Fuzz is different from Shaun (of the Dead) is I suppose the joke is on one hand it's very, very British, and then in the last half it starts to become really American and that was kind of the joke. The further it goes along, the more it starts to mutate into like a Bruckheimer film and that was the joke.

    • Edgar Wright: You know that's why the title of the film comes right at the end is because it hasn't become Hot Fuzz until the end credits. It's taken two hours to become Hot Fuzz. At the start it was just Lukewarm Fuzz and then it kind of ramps itself up in the last half an hour.

    • Edgar Wright: Having done Hot Fuzz and Grindhouse, I am going to take the next ten years off!

    • Edgar Wright: I've shoplifted a magazine. I've done it more than once but on one occasion, it was just after Fistful of Fingers and there was a good review of Fistful of Fingers in What's On In London and I had no money. And I stole it!

  • Edgar Wright is an English film and television director and writer. He is famous for his work with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost on the films. Sahin of the Dead and Hot Fuzz and TV series Spaced.moreless

    Edgar Wright started directing his own films at the age of 14 when he was attending The Blue School, Wells, Somerset (his home county) and working at the local tourist attraction Wookey Hole Caves. At the age of 20 he made a spoof western, A Fistful of Fingers, which was picked up for a limited theatrical release and broadcast on the British satellite TV channel Sky Movies. He then directed a number of television comedy programmes for the UKs Paramount Comedy channel and the BBC, including Sir Bernards Stately Homes and Asylum, during the production of which he met writer-actors Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes. In 1999 he joined Pegg and Hynes to create Spaced for Channel 4. Wright gave Spaced an unusual look for the sitcom genre, with dramatic camera angles and movement borrowed from the visual language of science fiction and horror films. Instead of shying away from these influences Wright makes an active effort to show his referencing, adding a "Homage-O-Meter" to all of his releases, a device that displays each directorial nod he has made during shooting. In 2002, he made appearances as a scientist and a technician named Eddie Yorque during both series of Look Around You, a BBC programme created by a member of the Spaced cast, Peter Serafinowicz. He also made a brief appearance in Spaced, in which he can be seen, along with other crew members on the series, lying asleep in Daisy Steiners squat as she prepares to leave for her new house. http://edgarwright.com/moreless
  • He's great at his movies.

    Edgar Wright is the man who directed and co-wrote Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Unlike other "movies" like Epic Movie or Scary Movie, his spoofs are more original and affectionate. He's also more subtle about his jokes. Subtle to the point where Shaun of the Dead can be considered a horror film in its own right and not just a spoof. For instance, the death count on it is pretty high. Hot Fuzz is also notable for having dramatic paperwork scenes, action scenes after action scene, and swans. Since I'm not British, I sadly might not understand a few of his jokes. But I don't really care. His movies are good to me. Hope Ed, Simon, and Nick have a good idea for the next film.moreless