Shaun of the Dead was on TV last night and it brought to mind two things.
a) God, it’s a brilliant movie
b) Why does seeing Jaguars on telly make me so happy?
I’m not a Jaguar owner (anymore), but I do love them. So whenever one turns up on screen, it’s like a spotting a cameo from an obscure actor that you’ve always loved – and possibly thought was dead. A bit like when Ollie Reed turned up in Gladiator. You didn’t care what he was saying, you just wanted to cheer every time he appeared.
Anyway, I thought I’d start a blog dedicated to all things Jaguar in TV, film and pop culture in general, with a few other bits and pieces thrown in.
Amazingly, I was looking online for a screenplay of the movie to get a closer look and it turns out, they’ve just released a brilliant interactive version as part of the general hoopla for The World’s End.
Jag-wise, the pages you want are 104-137.
Although, I have to say, my favourite line of all is not dialogue at all but a scene heading:
INT. JAG – AFTERNOON
(Comes a close second to ‘Exit, pursued by bear’ in great script directions of all time.)
I also want to do a feature on why the Jag was so expertly cast as the perfect vehicle for eluding comedy zombies in suburban North London, but that’s a longer post.
In the meantime, you can find out more about the exact model on IMCDB.
And do check out the interactive screenplay. It’s awesome.