Director: 'Hot Fuzz' is a funny genre film

April 20, 2007 at 11:26 AM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, April 20 (UPI) -- Filmmaker Edgar Wright says "Hot Fuzz" is the realization of his dream to make a high-octane cop movie in his native England.

Already a blockbuster in Britain, "Hot Fuzz" earned rave reviews as it opened in U.S. theaters Friday.

The comedic homage to Hollywood action films reunites Wright with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the British stars of his hit 2004 zombie comedy, "Shaun of the Dead."

"Hot Fuzz" is about what happens when an overzealous policeman is banished to a sleepy village after annoying his superiors.

"I've always been a huge cop movie fan and there isn't any tradition of them in the U.K.," Wright told reporters in New York. "So it has always been an ambition of mine to do it."

Wright said he thought a "buddy cop film" would be the perfect vehicle for a "great double act" like Pegg and Frost.

"And then the idea of trying to do a tribute to that over-caffeinated, action cinema in a tiny town is really the central conceit," he said. "We don't like to think of (our films) as spoofs, particularly; we like to think of them as funny genre films."

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