“I had been infatuated about George’s work before I saw it, scouring through horror and fantasy magazine for stills, posters and articles way before I was old enough to see his movies,” the ‘Baby Driver’ and ‘Shaun of the Dead’ director writes.
Edgar Wright may be George A. Romero’s biggest fan, and he certainly was a loyal friend.
On Sunday, the Baby Driver director wrote a lengthy, touching post on his website about his friend and hero, Romero, who died earlier in the day. He was 77.
Romero is credited as being the father of the zombie horror film genre, and it was work on films such as Night of the Living Dead, Dawn Of The Dead and Creepshow that changed Wright’s life, he wrote.
“Without George, at the very least, my career would have started very differently,” Wright said. “I had been infatuated about George’s work before I saw it, scouring through horror and fantasy magazine for stills, posters and articles way before I was old enough to see his movies.”
Wright formed a friendship with actor Simon Pegg, who also loved Romero’s work, which in part led the pair to collaborate on multiple films, including the zombie horror-comedy, Shaun of the Dead. Wright screened the film for Romero, whose opinion was the only one that mattered, he wrote.
“I remember him saying that it was ‘an absolute blast,'” Wright wrote. “That indeed became the sole poster quote for the movie in the United States. I frequently think back to this moment of standing in my house as the moment my life truly changed and the world got smaller.”
The friends would keep in touch over the years, with their final correspondence before Romero’s death discussing his forthcoming star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The father of the zombie apocalypse commented that very few would likely recognize the name when stepping on it, but he thanked his friend for knowing the star was his.
“He is, as ever, being way too hard on himself,” Wright penned. “For just his very surname, ‘Romero’, immediately conjures more images and themes than 99 percent of writer/directors out there. I look forward to whenever they do lay down the star in his honour, but he is already is a bright shining beacon in the film universe.”