I don't know if I've been doing too much research lately, but this piece of trivia penetrated what passes for a brain in me:
On the commentary of Shaun Of The Dead
, director Edgar Wright says that Shaun's surname is Riley. Fact.
George A. Romero is an admirer of Shaun of The Dead
Simon Baker's character in Land Of The Dead
is called Denbo, first name Riley. Fact.
I wonder if Mr Romero named Simon Baker's character after Simon Pegg's character?
If this isn't true, it should be.