Or should I say, "Shauned" on me? No, I shouldn't. That's lame.
Anyhow, Mr. Simon Pegg, the fourth Briton on my list, is, surprisingly, my first redhead. I have always had a thing for redheads, going back to third grade and Nick MacAvoy (what ever happened to him?), so it's funny that he's the first ginger I've included. I suppose the ginger-to-non-ginger ratio of celebrities is fairly represented on my list.
[Post Script: After listening to the commentary for Shaun of the Dead, I am told by Mr. Sweet #14 that he is not, in fact, a ginger, but a brunette. He says they tried to make him a little blond to play Shaun but it turned out reddish. Now, all the other places I've seen him, he still looks quite ginger to me, but surely he knows best. (March 3rd, 2007)]
Simon first caught my attention in trailers for Shaun of the Dead (2004), and then, after I raced out to see it the day it opened, I was hooked. I bought the DVD as soon as I could, and my Hamilton roomie, Jeremy, and I watched it several times. Or maybe I watched it several times and he glanced at it on the way back-and-forth to the kitchen. In Shaun, Pegg's titular character is a ne'er-do-well slacker cum action hero/zombie killer. Never had a cricket bat been so sexy.
Both he and Wright have a strong respect for those who have gone before them, as we can see in the way other classic movies are heavily imitated. Without seeing Shaun or "Spaced," this imitation could be mistaken for laziness (c.f. Scary Movie (2000) et al., Date Movie (2006)), but when you see the work, there is so much loving care taken to pay homage to these classic movies (The Shining (1980), The Matrix (1999), and One Flew Over The Cuckcoo's Nest (1975), to name a very few, and, of course, every zombie movie ever made), there is no doubt of the creators' admiration.
I've begun a letter-writing campaign to get "Spaced" released on Region 1 DVD, so we can watch it on our DVD players. I might just get a region-free DVD player when I buy my next one, so I don't have to fart around with crappy pirate copies on-line. If anyone else want to help in my campaign, let me know. A stamp to the UK is only $1.55, so for all the happiness it might bring me, it's a small price to pay. Right?
Here, as a bonus and testament to him being a slice of fried gold, are Simon and his best friend Nick imitating the infamous hard man photo (below) of Vinny Jones. Yellow card, indeed!