Speaking | Vince 'Mansteak' Vaughn
an emily blunt interview
speaking? Those who read Blunt Review.com regularly, know Vince Vaughn is
one of those mantorts that sits atop the coveted Emily Blunt 'Smitten With' List.
That's because Vincent Vaughn is's a rare kind of Joe. A one in a trillion type;
tall, handsome, beautiful smile with gorgeous brown eyes that would melt half
the Arctic should he glance its way. Evil sexy.
brings out that shallow desperately hidden unlady like side in all of us man-lovin'
breeds and gives you the urge to forget all your years of etiquette schooling
and debutante training and leap on him like a rabid Rhesus monkey and mock breed
pretending we're there to save the race.
here's the real attractive thing about this 'man' (and I use that term in its
literal encyclopedia version of the definition), not only is he packaged
like a fresh loaf of pumpernickel rye straight from the oven and ready to be spread
with full fat butter and slowly devoured
he's quite articulate, intelligent,
charming, witty and he's also a talented actor! Plus, the man is actually as sweet
as maple syrup tapped at first thaw.
has avoided getting type cast (okay - almost in Domestic Disturbance
- forgive) and always seems to be playing it from the heart. I am enjoying
his emmerging as a kind of the Christopher Walken of our generation; Vinnie's
banter lights up - and magnetically steals - every scene he's in (Be
Cool, Mrs. and Mrs. Smith). With
his new Wedding Crashers
hittin ' theaters I dusted off this blunt chat with the lad.
Thanks for chatting Vince.
VINCE: Not at all! I enjoy the
EMILY: Well you should! [laughter] It's
basically the how great is Vince Vaughn site. You know you're a favorite actor....
VINCE: [laughter and giggles]
How did you get started in acting?
Well, when I was younger I did plays. Both my parents worked so I sort of
in the summer, one of the activities I would do was go do local community theater.
It was sort of all children productions under thirteen doing musicals. That sort
of thing. I really enjoyed it. I did some plays and stuff in junior high school
and hosted a MTV show. Then in high school I stopped doing plays and played sports
and that sort of thing.
my junior year I went out for a musical chorus line and I got one of the leads
in it. I just sort of stayed with it from there. One of my close friends was going
down to the city of Chicago, he had an audition for something. I wanted to tag
along to see what it was about. My parents were always insistent that I not to
go do anything professional till I turned 18. None from my family were entertainers
or actors any thing of the such. I went down and the casting director asked me
to read for the role.
ended up getting the part. It was for an industrial film. From that I got
an agent and started going out for local things in Chicago and got a national
Chevy commercial and Indiana farm insurance commercial
the greatest thing about Chicago is that there's not a large market there
not as if like you're going to do training or plays and be picked up to be in
a sitcom or a film. I really took advantage of the training there.
trained with Del Close who started Second
City but now was doing a different type of herald called the Improv
I studied with a guy named David Darlow who was a Shakespeare acting coach. I
got the whole summer workshop thing with him where we studied everything from
Shakespeare to Suzuki
type of walk and breath, dance, voice and just really an extensive great class.
high school ended I moved out shortly after to Los Angeles were I was lucky and
got an agent right away. Just sort of off of being naïve and having a SAG
card and having a national Chevy commercial was kind of a big deal in a smaller
market. I spent a lot of years missing more than hitting. Doing after school specials
or guest starring on '21 Jump Street' doing small things here and there.
I got a small role in a film called 'Rudy'
most of it got out. That's when
I befriended Jon Favreau. He moved from Chicago to LA
to pursue acting. We started up a fast friendship and eventually he wrote a screenplay
called 'Swingers.' At which
point Favreau really insisted on having the people he wrote it for play the part.
And we made the movie for nothing sort of "off the radar" which allowed
us to be true to the story we were telling. Doug Liman,
who directed the movie, had the money to make it and that was sort of Favreau
agreement with him. We were very fortunate that the movie was well received and
Miramax picked it up. It became sort of a cult hit. From there on out I had a
much greater opportunity of doing films and picking roles.
You mentioned being in musicals
do you sing? [visions of V.V. in his Calvin
Klein boxers with a ukulele
serenading me whilst I soak in a bubble bath popped instantly and vividly into
I was awful [laughter] I was a Yule Brenner of the childhood actors
would sort of talk my way through the roles.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Lake Forest Illinois, which is a suburb of Chicago [no wonder he's
so nice they breed 'em good up there.]
What's been your most trying or difficult role to date?
I think they all have been in some ways. Probably the oddest was remaking 'Psycho.'
Norman Bates. This sounds a bit, this is probably a poor reference, but it's so
a bit like Vietnam; I wasn't really sure of what my agenda was. I didn't know
why I was there. We were half way doing a shot by shot remake
some of the
other characters had modernized interpretations. You know Viggo [Mortensen] was
a kind of a cowboy, Julianne Moore was girl all dressed
in all black. I was kind of was half confused.
would watch scenes and say 'okay well he did this and this so lets do this.' But
I sort of had my own interpretation of it and there was no real clear agenda.
And from how I normally approach a role. Build your imagination based strictly
on your life experiences and have a short hand with the director and sort of let
things fly. It was probably though one of my most rewarding most enlightening
learned a lot from it. I'm thankful for going through the experience. Gus [Van
Zant] is a highly intelligent guy and the actors I worked with were extremely
talented. But again that was probably the strangest. I wouldn't say daunting or
intimidating I would just say my process was the most confused during that film.
How do you usually prepare for a role?
I usually read it aloud alot. Draw on things that I've actually seen; how things
sort of go down or happen. Base it
I sort of come up with the psychology
or mind set for the person. I don't think I'm much different from a lot of actors.
And then try to build your circumstances so when you're thrown into a particular
scene or an environment you sort of know what's at stake for yourself; what you
want to gain and what your comfortable leaving. I think one of the biggest things
that a lot of actors, some actors, not necessarily a lot of actors do do is you
always try to think of where you are prior to that scene. Where your character
was right be fore that scene began, where your character's headed to when that
scene over. There's somewhere your suppose to be afterwards
there' some where
your heading. So you try to make as life like as possible.
You ever take any of these roles home? [Thought not spoken: or the outfits....like
say a cowboy hat????]
I think it affects you to a large degree. I'm a guy who sort of states and says
you sort of do your work and that's it. I like to kid around and be myself outside.
I'm not in character 24 hours! I find for me it's the same with writing. If I
sit at something and try and solve the puzzle for too long I can end up very disappointed.
I find when I kind of go away or play a video game, sit outside and read a book
or go down and get something to eat that's when ideas will come to me. I'm similar
on the set. I prepare that night, or prepare that day in my trailer then I sort
of try and forget it and not make it my focus so I'm not over burnt out on it
and when I approach the scene I have done my homework and done my research I am
able to jump into it real quick.
You want to get into this whole super hero thing going on right now? Play a comic
book villain or good guy? [Thought not spoken: of course one with tight tights
and a costume that shows protruding biceps was the fantasy here
I was never an exceptional super hero fan like most kids were. I mean I did enjoy
it to some degree as a child. I think I enjoyed the Marvel comics more so only
because they were more human and fallible. It interesting I ran into Tobey
Maguire out at a place last night who I think is a really nice kid and who
I also think is a kid who's been a talented actor for a long time. I thought that
not only was his movie a big successful movie but I think he did a nice job in
the movie. I know Favreau's doing 'Daredevil' right now. With Sam [Raimi} and
I think its cool.
think it's really no different than the fashion industry
a trend will become
. people sort of capitalizing. But once again I think its relying
on the individual piece. Is the piece affective? Is the story affective? You know
'Unforgiven's' a great western and that movie was followed by a slew of poor westerns.
There's defiantly a graph you can look at where this is concerned. For me it would
be a case-by-case basis. If something came around that really struck me. But that
would definitely NOT be in one of me top genres as far as something I want to
You have any other nickname besides Blunt Review's coveted studmuffin, mansteak
a big edible man kebab sandwich of yum?
[laughter - similar to Lester Long's leaks out] Well growing
up my dad was really called V. So people called me 'V' or 'Double V' a lot.
Or Woo if you will
[laughter] Yeah, Woo. People call me
.some friends called me 'Showtime.
That's really it.
Any of the roles so far close to the real Vince?
I think there's a side of me in all of them. That's the great thing about
acting. You bring these different sides of yourself out depending on the character.
I think we all sort of find a particular way of acting in real life that we feel
most comfortable or suited in. I think you can even find it in yourself that in
different groups or dynamics you'll sort of carry yourself or act differently,
where you feel safest or most in control. But there's usually one predominant
way that you sort of interact that feels most comfortable to yourself. So I think
all of them have sides, certainly, strands of sides of myself.
The rumor mill spit out a yarn about a SWINGERS 2
is it true?
(audio) There was a script of 'Swingers 2' that
was written prior to 'Swingers' being shot
but I just don't think it'll ever
be shot. Which is really a shame because it really quite a terrific script in
itself. I think people would enjoy it quite a bit! But I think that 'Swingers'
was sort of lightening in a bottle. Something
that was so simple and such a simple true story that really tried so
hard to be anything accept an over commitment to the absurd. Which it was. Something
we could all relate to; getting past one relationship and feeling vulnerable and
how to enter a new one
so that being said I think you'll probably never see
a 'Swingers 2'
.but you never can say never. Jon and I have other projects
that we're fascinated by and again it's like every time. 'Swingers' was very hard
to get made because there was no true story to it. 'Made'
was very difficult to get made.
last script that he's written, which was actually greenlit when 'Swingers' done
by Miramax but me and Jon decided to take a break from each other at that time,
I think might be his best of all of them.
always have constant other ideas going around. But they're just more difficult
movies to find financing for or to do well. Surprisingly, I guess. Because really
'Made' and 'Swingers' both did greater than their box-office cost
such demand for them in video and dvd and stuff.
actually on 'Made', we own quite a percentage, although we haven't seen any money
and we did it virtually for free, it becomes sort of Hollywood accounting.
Where their loans are so great it jives in a way that a film still hasn't
made money. 'Swingers', supposedly, hasn't made money. So those movies are done
really just from a childlike place of stories that we really love and we want
to be a part of.
Any other gigs with Favreau coming up?
(audio) Well, me and Favreau have a western we've
pretty well talked about that we've been trying to get made for a time that I
think is quite interesting, but we're having a hard time as always trying
to get that set up. You know westerns are an odd animal to begin with and when
your lead character is a Hassidic Jew who's a gunfighter, which is what Favreau
plays and my character's a hustler and not a gunfighter. It's just so non
traditional, it becomes a very difficult thing as they run numbers and forward
numbers; you know what's a safe bet or what's not a safe bet. And me and Jon have
always had a very even open head about that. We've never been very angry or disappointed
at the "powers that be" in fact we feel very flattered and fortunate
that to get a chance to make a living doing something that we love
does become a bit daunting as you get excited and there's something that you want
to dive into and it's unable to get bridged at this point.
Can we, and by we I mean me, look forward to any more boudoir scenes
like the ones between you and Georgina Cates in 'Clay Pigeons'
or with Julia Ormand in 'Prime Gig'? [said as I drifted into a happy place in
Yeah, definitely! You know I like that kind of thing, especially
when there's real chemistry and especially when there's something else
going' on that within the scene. You know with Georgina and the 'Clay Pigeons'
scene that was really quite interesting because I found it to be so sensual and
some sort of a peacefulness and a connection
but there was such a horrible
secret, you know obviously, something going on. With Les it was going on.
love to do a romantic comedy and connect in the way that I know. Which
is more with sense of humor and the connection that comes out of that way. But,
I tell you, and I'm not just crying'oh these horrible things' but
these romantic comedies and these love stories
I think a lot of them are
people who haven't been in love or really understand love. It's either
so torturous and indulgently tragic and 'boy no one else has experienced anything
as painful as this!' When in fact that we all have
I think. And maybe not
specifically or its sort of also so kind of economic and these people are all
so great they have no choice but to fall together. I would like to see something
more in the way that 'Swingers' was. You know kind of a more human story. A kind
of fallible bumbling in spite-of-yourself you were able to be see
and be seen somebody story. [ wrap 'im up I'll take 'im]
You seem to volley between big studio flicks - like JURASSIC PARK or PSYCHO or
THE CELL and smaller quirky films like PRIME GIG or CLAY PIGEONS
or SOUTH OF HEAVEN WEST OF HELL is that a career 'exercise" choice?
I have no game plan. It goes case by case. 'Lost World' was sort of a thing for
me where Steven Spielberg was a guy from a very child like place as a kid seeing
'ET' and these movies that he did
It was a chance to work
with him in a format that I think he's best at. Which was the 'lost worlds'
you know? I thought it would be kind of like a kid to do that. 'The
Cell' was really because of the director, Tar Singh. I couldn't believe they
were allowing him to visually tell the story the way he was. Visually I
thought it was quite entertaining. I thought the movie even works better as sort
of a picture book than it does as a linear logical story. That is what was interesting.
really a case by case thing. You just have to find something going into that you're
going to learn from or be excited by or be a part of that's just always been my
approach for better or worse. I've always heard "sayers" or my own representation
even has always been frustrated with me that I don't go after movies that have
higher built in concepts or big leads in
don't really have any reluctancy with doing that as far as being nervous of having
a career that way
it's just I don't know how good I'd be at it because I'm
not interested in. And as you know, or anyone knows, if you're going to
take on a job or do something you really have to have an interest in it because
without that it's really going to be hard to do your best work or to hold your
concentration in it.
Yeah, and it would be obvious.
I agree with you.
Who's an acting influence for you?
(audio) Acting influences
. I think I am in
popular company. Meaning nothing all that strange or different. Really, the first
thing I ever saw was westerns. I think 'Shane' might have been a first film
Eyed Jack' the first film Brando directed
.'The Wild Bunch'. Those were really
my introduction to movies because my dad loved them so much. I really love
He's great to watch he's one of my favorites and I like Marlon
Brando of course and Spencer Tracy of course. And I love Meryl Streep. Watching
Gilda Radner just breaks my heart. And I love Tatum O'Neal, especially
in her younger roles
'Paper Moon' or 'Bad News Bears' even that movie she
did 'Little Darlings' with Kristy McNichol. I love actresses quite a bit. Because
I find there's such an inner monologue such a beauty to them and a vulnerability
to them and such contradictions of strength and frailty.
Do you have a favorite film you could watch over and over?
I have so many films that I watch over and over! Lately I've been watching
and I'm really not a foreign film guy, I've been watching 'El Apartment'
Apartment.' Have you seen it?
No, I haven't.
It's just great! Boy it takes such twists and turns
. you think it's going
to be about cheating, then you think its about espionage, then you think it's
a love story, then it's a missing person movie! I love it when they throw it out
of right field. Time and time again and you just don't know where it's going
the plots really relying on the next course of action making sense but being something
that you entirely don't expect. You can watch it a whole bunch of times and just
go back and go 'wow' and catch something else. I've just really been enjoying
watching that film lately.
the movie 'Two-Lane Blacktop.' I've been watching lately. Monte Hellman? It's
a great movie. Its got an interesting cast in it. It's a real minimalist movie
and it's its interesting to watch. An interesting way of story telling I think.
[<-There you go folks! The first eva V.V. review
.of course he's welcome
to grab them at Blockbuster and come over for a double feature while I whip up
movie snacks in my little French maid outfit purchased for just such an occasion
Well, thanks Vince it's been a pleasure.
VINCE: That's sweet!
Thank you too. I'm glad you're out there!
Vince is an underrated talent who always delivers in whatever he's mixed into
and he just gets better and better with each manly helping. I adore this
guy on many levels. Go see Wedding Crashers - it's with director David "Clay
Pigeons" Dobkins again - and it is friggin' hilarious - truly....like
pee-the-pants funny folks.
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