Way to own your mistakes, Pee-wee.
Critics at the time caught the reference, though today's modern audiences might find it a bit impenetrable, possibly just assuming that his character is a version of Nickleback's Chad Kroeger as an unholy servant of the night.
Hot Fuzz -- One Of The Casting Choices Tips Off The Twist Ending
Edgar Wright is known for cramming intricate jokes into minute details, like in Shaun Of The Dead, where the opening scene finds the characters in a pub drunkenly laying out the plot of the entire movie.
Which is also how we're guessing every Michael Bay screenplay gets written.
Similarly, Wright's follow-up, Hot Fuzz, provides a tip-off about where the plot is headed through one key casting choice. The movie finds Simon Pegg as a police officer reassigned to a small English town where he has to unravel the secret behind a series of murders. That secret? Most of the town are secretly members of a creepy cult that have been orchestrating the murders.
Holy shit, spoilers, guys, we should have said spoilers, sorry, sorry.
Now hold onto your tight-fitting argyle socks, because one of those English villagers is played by Edward Woodward who's perhaps best known for his role in the original The Wicker Man where he played a policeman who uncovers a murderous cult in a small English town.
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The restrained version where the hero doesn't put on a bear costume and punch women in the face.
Not surprisingly, it turns out that The Wicker Man was one of the first movies Pegg and Wright turned to for inspiration. Of course, instead of ending with people getting burned alive in a giant sculpture made of Pier 1 furniture, Hot Fuzz instead opted for a shootout straight out of Bad Boys, so it's not exactly the same.
But still pretty good for something that was again likely written on a series of bar napkins.
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