I just did a quick 30 on the exercise bike (I have to keep up with my workouts f I am going to wear a swimsuit every day as my challenge in 2017), but I also did my share of thinking about Hot Fuzz and Simon Pegg’s comedy leading-man status in Hollywood.
Pegg co-wrote Hot Fuzz with director Edgar Wright (The World’s End, Shaun of the Dead) and stars in the film with frequent acting partner and friend Nick Frost.
Their comedic talent is the perfect balance as Pegg plays Sgt. Nicholas Angel, a transplant to the supposed safest village in England, and joins Frost (Danny Butterman) on the streets catching shoplifters and wrangling a wayward swan.
But Sgt. Angel, as the top cop with a high arrest and crime-solving record that he is, senses there is more to the village’s characters and motives than meets the eye when people start dying in “accidents.”
As the accident (murder) spree continues, Angel and Butterman form a friendship and bond during a night of watching Point Break and Bad Boys II before ultimately saving the day and taking down the village’s high society of criminals.
Hot Fuzz is a perfect homage to the comedy genre in film with its own take on action and effective editing techniques that match the fast-paced sequences and bring a creative touch to the whole picture.
I started watching Hot Fuzz last night (Valentine’s Day in case you missed it), which I learned in a deep-dive on his IMDb page also happens to be Simon Pegg’s birthday. Imagine that. I don’t know if Pegg will ever star in a straight-up romance (following the “zombie rom-com” Shaun of the Dead) and in between his roles in Hollywood blockbusters and comedies, but I think he could pull it off.
His birth name is Simon John Beckingham, after all. Doesn’t get more romantic than that.