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  • Acting for Two: Bill Bailey plays both Sgt. Turners.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Jim Broadbent was a big fan of Shaun of the Dead and asked them for a role in Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright's next film. They wrote the part of Inspector Butterman for him.
  • Creator's Favorite Episode: This is Simon Pegg's favourite film of his own.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Simon Pegg lost over two stone (twenty-eight pounds, thirteen-ish kilograms) in preparing for the role of Nicholas Angel.
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  • Hostility on the Set: Before filming the lay-by scene, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reportedly had an argument. Pegg claimed Frost was getting cocky and making the Assistant Directors get him coffee, whereas Pegg wanted him to get his own. As a result, they took four hours to do that scene, and they didn't talk to each other at all, except when acting.
  • Looping Lines: Simon Pegg redubbed most of his lines from the second half of the movie to make his voice sound more like an 80s action hero.
  • Production Posse: From the people—on-screen and off—who brought you Spaced and Shaun of the Dead!
  • Playing Against Type: Simon Pegg normally plays lazy slackers, but his character here doesn't even crack a smile until an hour in.
  • Playing with Character Type: The gag of the main villains is that, except for Timothy Dalton, they're all played by old Shakespearean actors and BBC fodder, the last group of people you would expect to be the gun-toting action movie villains. Jim Broadbent normally plays warm avuncular characters, not the Big Bad of a murder ring.
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  • Real-Life Relative: The two female Village of the Year judges are played by Edgar Wright's and Simon Pegg's mothers. The DVD Commentary confirms this.
  • Uncredited Role: Cate Blanchett, Steve Coogan and Peter Jackson all have brief uncredited cameos.
  • Wag the Director: In the script, Frank's wife's name was Iris, but since Jim Broadbent had recently won an Oscar for playing the husband of a woman named Iris in Iris, he thought viewers might see it as a reference to that, so he asked for her name to be changed, to Irene.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The original script had a Buddhist monk in the town instead of Reverend Shooter. This was no doubt changed because an elderly Church of England vicar was a better fit for the village's rural aesthetic, but a Buddhist monk pulling out a pair of guns could have been even funnier. This is alluded to when the Reverend bellows "Fuck off, Grasshopper!" at Nicholas.
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    • The blond haired boy stood next to Angel at the school, the one who Tim Messenger suggests wears Angel's hat, is called Gabriel and he originally had his own plot and backstory. He would have been the grandson of Tom Weaver, the man behind the extensive surveillance system, and the 'leader' of the hoodies that Angel recruits later on in the film.
    • Angel actually had a love interest in the first draft of the script, called Victoria. However she was cut, and most of her lines were given to Danny, with little to no changes.
    • When Angel confronts Skinner the first time, he lists his motive as involving a land ownership scheme involving most of the victims which Tim Merchant had uncovered. Originally the Red Herring was a far bigger subplot, with many scenes of Angel investigating the victims to come up with with that motive for their death. But as this was never meant to be more than a Red Herring, it was felt it padded the movie too much and most of the scenes were cut, reducing the plot a quick montage of Angel decrypting Tim Messengers' typos, and a speech Leslie Tiller gives to Angel shortly before her death, leaving it to feel like Angel sort of came up with the reasons Skinner killed so many people out of nowhere.
  • Working Title: Edgar Wright originally wanted to name the movie Hott Fuzz. Simon Pegg objected to the suggestion, fearing he would have to explain the additional "t" in "Hott" in every single interview about the film.

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