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Podcast Episode 122: In Praise Of Edgar Wright

British filmmaker revved up about ‘Baby Driver’

Photo credit: TriStar Pictures

Edgar Wright, center, on the set of "Baby Driver" with actor Ansel Elgort.

Episode 122: In Praise of Edgar Wright

Director Edgar Wright makes insanely fun films and makes it all look so easy that audiences may not appreciate just how skilled and meticulous he is. Here is an appreciation of Wright along with an interview about his new film, "Baby Driver."

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Transcript

Edgar Wright has a new film out and that is cause for celebration. I speak with the director about "Baby Driver."

I fell in love with Edgar Wright's work back in 2004 just before “Shaun of the Dead” came out. I had a friend who worked in a store that sold British import DVDs and he told me to buy a British TV series called “Spaced.” It was directed by Wright and co-written by him with its stars Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson (now Jessica Hynes). The show was brilliant! Not only was it funny but it was insanely clever and rich with pop culture references.

Then when I saw “Shaun of the Dead” I knew I had found a new director to cherish. Wright and Pegg then delivered "Hot Fuzz," which revealed their love for 1980s action film bromances, and "The World’s End" where they ventured into sci-fi territory.

In between those films, Wright adapted the comic book "Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World."

What I love about Wright’s films is that he pays meticulous attention to every detail — music, sound, editing, casting, cinematography — so that everything works together in perfect harmony. And everything is in there for a purpose and generally pays off by the end of the film.

I may have gotten this interview slot in part because when I saw him at the TCM Classic Film Festival where he introduced "Kentucky Fried Movie," I gave him a button I had made for the film from the segment called "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble." He posted a picture of it on his Instagram account and said it was a great takeaway from the festival. Whatever the reason, I'm glad I had a chance to speak to Wright about "Baby Driver."

Edgar Wright's Instagram photo of the button I gave him at the TCM Classic Film Festival.

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