In a recent interview, British superstar Simon Pegg reflects on making Shaun of the Dead with director Edgar Wright. 2004’s Shaun of the Dead is a zombie comedy film starring Pegg as the titular character with supporting roles from Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran, Bill Nighy, and Penelope Wilton. The film premiered in London and was subsequently a huge commercial success worldwide, grossing $30 million. In addition to the film’s critical accolades, Pegg and Wright took home the award for Best Screenplay at the 2004 British Independent Film Awards. In 2005, Shaun of the Dead won Best British Film at the Empire Awards in London.
In the time since Shaun of the Dead made its resounding impact, Pegg remained busy, landing roles in major motion pictures like Hot Fuzz, Star Trek, and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. During the making of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Pegg and Hollywood action superstar Tom Cruise forged a friendship that has reportedly lasted ever since and only strengthened over time. Most recently, the longtime friends became neighbors when Cruise rented a cottage near Pegg’s home while shooting a film in the vicinity. However, his friendship with Cruise is not the only reminiscing Pegg has done lately.
In a recent interview with Square Mile Magazine, Pegg reflects on making Shaun of the Dead with director Wright. Pegg describes the film as a “love letter,” stating that all the creative minds associated with the project opted to stuff as much content into it as they could. Pegg also admitted that they had no idea if they would ever be able to make a film again. See Pegg’s exact remarks on the topic below:
Pegg and Wright’s admiration for filmmaker George Romero clearly shines through in their film. The pair drew inspiration for their movie from many different places, including Romero’s 1978 cult classic Dawn of the Dead. In addition to showing respect for zombies, the film writing pair also pay homage to the celebrated horror director through Shaun of the Dead. In the film’s aftermath, Wright and Pegg teamed up again to bring audiences Hot Fuzz which was met with more success and ultimately nominated for the Empire Award for Best Actor. In 2014, the duo struck again, bringing the science fiction comedy The World’s End to fans everywhere.
Wright and Pegg undoubtedly found a way to blend up the perfect formula for success. Shaun of the Dead proved to be only the first in a line of successful projects where the pair can look back and be proud of the outcome. Despite Pegg’s openness about his battles with depression, alcoholism, and overall mental health, the British acting legend is likely to keep producing fan-favorite material time and time again. Given Pegg’s talent and range of abilities in front of the camera, who knows what sort of magical project will come next. Fans of the performer can only sit tight and wait to find out.
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Source: Square Mile Magazine