The Hot Fuzz Poster Mocking References Identified
by Alex Billington
December 19, 2006
The upcoming film from the Shaun of the Dead team called Hot Fuzz, directed by Edgar Wright and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, has had a great selection of posters come out recently. Thanks to the help of Solace in Cinema and some others, we've come up with the complete one-to-one reference comparisons for all of Hot Fuzz's posters.
The key thing to note is the title block is nearly perfectly positioned in every one, also a rough take with the two lines, one above and one below, from Bad Boys. Most of this is all generic cop looks anyway, but this is great to see them playing with this theme in this way. They're basically pulling every great vigilante "cop" reference they can - Magnum Force, Bad Boys, Bad Boys II, Miami Vice. I hope they make even more for the US.
All poster images are from IMPAwards.com. Head there to see the full sized version of each.
Bad Boys II
The only US poster so far. I just love this one! Look at the subtle nuisances - Will Smith looking down, Simon Pegg looking down - Martin Lawrence looking away, Nick Frost looking away - even exactly mirrored. Eveything, the watch on Pegg's / Smith's wrist, the sleeve lengths on each, they've got it nailed down! So great!
Another great take on Bad Boys. This one is a little bit harder to confirm as the take, but the yellow/orange circular sun behind the logo is a great reference as well as their seperation to the edges. And of course the title block's placement.
This one took a while, but I finally got it thanks to the help of Solace in Cinema. Although it isn't two people on the original Eastwood, this still works with the vigilante cop theme. The most disturbing thing to note: Pegg and Frost each have a hand on the gun together.
I also threw in the Matrix one because there is some speculation that might've been it, too. But keeping with their theme (vigilante cops), I think the Miami Vice is the correct reference. The sunglasses and dark shadows and one-before-the-other placement, even the white collar on Colin Farrell and Pegg. Although it's not diagnol like in the Miami Vice poster, it's close enough - and much better than Miami Vice's anyway!