Celebrity Birthday of the Day – April 18

Edgar Wright is one of my favourite directors of all time, and I have yet to see a movie made under his guidance that was anything short of awesome. Wright has loved filmmaking since an early age, and when he was young he directed many Super-8 short films – often parodies of properties like Dirty Harry. After graduating from Bournemouth Arts College he made a parody western movie called A Fistful of Fingers, which got the attention of comedians Matt Lucas and David Williams, who chose him to direct episodes of the TV series Mash and Peas and Sir Bernard’s Stately Homes. He also worked on other shows during this time such as Is It Bill Bailey? and Alexei Sayle’s Merry-Go-Round. In 1998, writer/actors Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes approached Wright to direct their sitcom Spaced, and it was on this series that Wright began working with Nick Frost as well. Thus a legendary trio was born, and Frost, Pegg and Wright would all go on to make some of the best films I’ve ever seen: Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. A third film in this genre film quasi-trilogy is apparently in the works as well, which is very exciting stuff. Wright has also directed Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and the fake trailer for Grindhouse called Don’t, as well as having co-written The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, and produced Attack the Block! There is no end to this man’s talent! Edgar Wright turns 38 today.

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