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  • Actor Allusion: When Oliver has been turned into a blank and gets half his head smashed off, his voice takes on a mechanical quality similar to Ian Holm's Ash character in Alien. Edgar Wright points out that this was a reference to Martin Freeman playing Bilbo Baggins, another character previously played by Holm.
  • Actor-Shared Background: Simon Pegg was a goth during in his youth and, like his character, a The Sisters of Mercy fan.
    • Nick Frost (Andy) was a rugby player in his youth.
  • California Doubling: Many real pubs are used as stand-ins for the film's fictional ones, with the World's End itself portrayed by the Gardener's Arms in Letchworth. (However, other "pubs" in the film are actually a cinema, a railway station and a Thai restaurant, among others.)
    • Also, the "UK's First Roundabout" in the film really is that, in Letchworth.
  • Casting Gag:
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    • After Timothy Dalton's turn in Hot Fuzz, Pierce Brosnan turns up playing a similar character to Dalton's - Brosnan succeeded Dalton as James Bond. Bonus points for putting him on the opposite side to Rosamund Pike's character, the exact opposite of their roles in Die Another Day.
    • Eddie Marsan & Martin Freeman both play characters in different adapatations of Sherlock Holmes - Marsan is Lestrade in the Robert Downey Jr. films & Freeman plays Watson in Sherlock. Furthering this, is Marsan & Freeman's characters in this film being the only two main characters replaced by Blanks.
    • Also, Freeman played Bilbo Baggins after Ian Holm, who in Alien is an android, just like Freeman becomes a Blank.
  • Completely Different Title: Released in France as Le Dernier pub avant la fin du monde ("The Last Pub Before the End of the World").
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  • The Danza: Greg, Seb, Luke, Tyler and Sam, (the teenagers in "The Cross Hands") and Kelly and Stacey (the twins in "The Two-Headed Dog").
  • Defictionalization: A tour offers to do The Crawl with the pubs that were actually used in the film in Hertfordshire. There's less than 12, of course.
  • Dueling Movies: With the similarly-themed This Is the End.
  • Playing Against Type: In both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, Nick Frost plays the trapped-in-his-youth slacker and Simon Pegg plays his more responsible Foil. In this one, they've essentially swapped roles. As well as David Bradley, who's almost always cast as a lecherous and/or evil old bastard, plays a decidedly loopy Cool Old Guy.
  • Quote Source: This film provides the page quote for:
  • Scully Box: Simon Pegg wore lifts in his shoes because the actor playing Gary's younger self was about 2 inches taller than him.
  • What Could Have Been: Rosamund Pike almost didn't make it into filming as she was pregnant when filming was meant to take place. Eventually, work was rescheduled for all of them.
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    • The original plot involved the gang travelling back in time and encountering their younger selves.
  • Word of God: The Network is ultimately described by the creators as being benevolent, albeit in the worst possible way.
  • Write What You Know: Mr. Shepard, who is based on Edgar Wright's old drama teacher, who he cites as something of an inspiration.


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