* ActorAllusion to ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'' with the fence-leaping scene, now reversed. Also, "What are you thinking?" "...Pub?"
** The Cornettos.
** Yeeeeeaaaah boy!
** Although unlike Shaun, Angel knows what "exacerbate" means.
** What's the matter? Haven't you ever take a shortcut before? (*thump*)
* HeyItsThatGuy: Of course, [[Film/ShaunOfTheDead Shaun]]/[[Series/{{Spaced}} Tim]] as Nicholas Angel and [[Film/ShaunOfTheDead Ed]]/[[{{Spaced}} Mike]] as Danny Butterman.
** Stephen Merchant, co-creator of ''TheOffice'' as P.I. Staker.
* ProductionPosse: From the people -- on-screen and off -- who brought you ''Series/{{Spaced}}'' and ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead''!
* RetroactiveRecognition: (Probably only to people outside the U.K., who wouldn't be as familiar with Stephen Merchant.) Hey [[VideoGame/{{Portal2}} Wheatley]], have you always had problems with birds?
** [[Film/TheLivingDaylights James]] [[Film/LicenceToKill Bond]]/''[[Series/DoctorWho Rassilon,]]'' [[Series/DoctorWho the Time Lord President]] owns a supermarket!
** [[GangsOfNewYork Boss Tweed]]/[[Film/HarryPotter Horace Slughorn]]/[[MoulinRouge Harold Zidler]]/[[Literature/BridgetJones Colin Jones]] is the head of Standford Police!
** The bad guy from ''The Mask of Zorro'' is a doctor. He'll deal with it.
*** Yeah, motherfucker.
** DC Cartwright is played by [[{{Film/Prometheus}} Millburn]], and DS Wainwright is [[Film/TheBourneSeries Simon Ross]].
** Not to mention that the London Metropolitan Police is staffed at the highest level by [[Film/HarryPotter Scrimgeour]], [[Series/ImAlanPartridge Alan Partridge]] and [[{{Series/Sherlock}} John Watson]]/[[Film/TheHobbit Bilbo Baggins]].
** [[PeepShow Sophie]] as PC Doris Thatcher
** And there's [[Film/HarryPotter Argus Filch]] as Webley!
*** Alternately, [[Series/GameOfThrones Walder Frey]] got his just deserts this time around.
** And the truly savvy will recognize Franchise/IndianaJones' French, head-exploding rival [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Belloq]] as the Reverend. He was also [[Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie Ivan Ooze]], in case you needed more proof not to trust him.
** Manny from BlackBooks is an administrator for the local Police Service.
*** And The Cleaner is the other Sgt. Fisher.
** [[{{Spaced}} Marsha]] is the pub landlady.
** [[Film/TheWickerMan Sgt. Howie]]/Series/{{Callan}}/[[Series/TheEqualizer Robert [=McCall=]]] (aka Series/TheEqualizer) is head of the NWA.
** [[{{Shameless}} Frank Gallagher]] directs Romeo and Juliet.
** [[CoronationStreet Val Barlow]] is Leslie Tiller, [[Series/DoctorWho who is also a vampire.]]
** [[Series/DoctorWho Mr. Magpie]] is George Merchant, the Fridge Magnate.
** [[Film/HellboundHellraiserII Dr. Channard]] is James Reaper.
** Who knew that Michael [[RetroactiveRecognition would leave town, move to King's Landing]] and take the name [[Series/GameOfThrones Sandor Clegane]]?
** The Father Christmas who [[spoiler:stabs Angel in the hand]] at the beginning of the film is an uncredited Creator/PeterJackson.
*** And, as stated at the top of the page, CateBlanchett also has an uncredited cameo as Angel's ex-girlfriend, Janine.
** [[TheOmen Mrs. Baylock]] trusts you had a pleasant trip... ''fascist''.
** Looks like [[Film/ShaunOfTheDead the zombie twins]] got themselves a different job working the meat department at a supermarket.
** The reporter Tim Messenger is Adam Buxton of [[TheAdamAndJoeShow Adam And Joe]]... well, fame is such a strong word. But he's certainly recognised by a generation of Brits who were of stumbling-home-drunk-and-switching-on-Channel-4 age in the mid-late 90s.
* PlayingAgainstType: Simon Pegg normally plays lazy slackers, but in this film, he plays a very serious character.

* Nicholas Angel's service number is 777, also known as the mark of God.
* A first draft of the script included a female love interest for Angel, called Victoria. She was eventually cut, but many of her lines were transferred to Danny; [[HoYay with very few changes.]]
* Sandford is the name used for the setting in all police training roleplays. While Hot Fuzz was filmed in the city of Wells, there is actually a town called Sandford a few miles away.
* Nicholas Angel is named after the musical supervisor for both ''Hot Fuzz'' and ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'', Nick Angel. Also while researching for the film, Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg discovered that a surprising number of police officers were called Nick or Andy; not only adding weight to the main character's name, but setting up the 'Andes' joke with the two Andys
* Simon Pegg not only underwent weapons training for his role, he lost two stone (around 28lbs) whilst doing so. He also took up jogging, and continued to do so while filming in Somerset.
* The Somerfield that Skinner runs was not only a real UK supermarket chain[note]soon after "Hot Fuzz" was released, it was bought out by the Co-op, which ditched the name[/note], the exterior shots are of the very same store that director EdgarWright used to work at as a teenager. He's even got a brief 'blink and you'll miss it' cameo of pushing a cage in the background.
* BillBailey plays two different characters that share the same service number, 101. One character is seen reading novels by Iain Banks, while the other reads novels by Iain M. Banks. They're both written by the same author, the 'M' just shows that the book is science fiction.
* The blond haired boy stood next to Nicholas Angel in the school picture, the one who Tim Messenger suggests he lets wear his helmet, is called [[ThemeNaming Gabriel]], and actually had a bigger role in the uncut version of the film. This can be seen in the deleted scenes on the DVD.
* When the chase in the grocery store begins while, Danny is looking at the Bargain Bin [=DVDs=], the DVD he tosses back in the bin lands on a film called "Zombies Party;", ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'''s name in Spain.
* An alternate take puts Angel's arrest record at 400% higher than all other Met officers, rather than just any other. That slight change would put him out of "supercop" territory into "it turns out yes, he ''is'' the sheriff of London", and the film makers didn't seem too think much of it.
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