Matthew Vaughn loved Nicolas Cage’s Adam West impersonation in Kick-Ass

Nicolas Cage came up with the decision to impersonate Adam West in Kick-Ass, according to director Matthew Vaughn.In the 2010 superhero comedy, the Oscar-winning actor played former police officer Damon Macready, who transforms into his vigilante Big D…

Nicolas Cage came up with the decision to impersonate Adam West in Kick-Ass, according to director Matthew Vaughn.

In the 2010 superhero comedy, the Oscar-winning actor played former police officer Damon Macready, who transforms into his vigilante Big Daddy, who wears a Batman-like superhero suit, in an effort to bring down mob boss Frank D’Amico.

Vaughn opened up about making the hit movie to celebrate its 10-year anniversary, and shared that it was Cage’s decision to have his alter-ego speak the same way West did when he played Batman in the iconic 1960s TV show.

“I wasn’t sure about it, and then he did it and I thought it was brilliant,” the British filmmaker told The Hollywood Reporter. “When he put on that costume, I can’t tell you how happy he was… he had an enthusiasm which is vital on a film set.

“There are days where you’re so exhausted that you really rely on the enthusiasm, otherwise you end up with a flat film.”

He used it on set when they were shooting a scene in which Big Daddy is burned alive by D’Amico’s henchmen while he screams out orders to his teenage daughter Hit-Girl, played by Chloe Grace Moretz.

“That delivery, he just pulled that out of the bag on the day. I remember Matthew turning to me and looking really anxious and surprised,” producer Jane Goldman recalled. “He had just done a straight read at the table read. It was so strange and such a brilliant, bold choice.”

However, shooting the scene was one of the hardest sequences for Vaughn, as it was shot completely in the dark.

“That sequence was just a nightmare,” he laughed. “We were shooting in the dark and dealing with the strobe light of Hit-Girl’s weapon. Just getting the cameras to work was really difficult before you get into the timing of everything with the actors.”

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Chloe Grace Moretz inspired by Angelina Jolie while playing Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass

Chloe Grace Moretz was inspired by Angelina Jolie while playing the young vigilante Hit-Girl in 2010 action movie Kick-Ass.The young actress was “obsessed” with Jolie’s turn in the 2008 action thriller Wanted, and told her family that she wanted to p…

Chloe Grace Moretz was inspired by Angelina Jolie while playing the young vigilante Hit-Girl in 2010 action movie Kick-Ass.

The young actress was “obsessed” with Jolie’s turn in the 2008 action thriller Wanted, and told her family that she wanted to play a role like that on the big screen.

“I actually looked at my brother and my mother and said, ‘I would totally kill to have a role like that,'” Moretz told The Hollywood Reporter. “They were like, ‘This doesn’t happen for 11-year-olds. You don’t get the option to play an Angelina Jolie-type character.'”

However, just one week later, she got a call to audition for Hit-Girl in Matthew Vaughn’s R-rated comic book caper Kick-Ass, and her dreams of a big-screen action hero role began to come true.

“He had kind of been on a road with someone else for a little while. I think I got an audition late in the game,” the 23-year-old explained. “I got really lucky to get in front of him at that point in time.”

Moretz spent more than six months training with stunt house 87eleven in Los Angeles and Cirque du Soleil in Toronto, and also committed herself to a few months being taught Wushu, a martial art, by Kick-Ass stunt coordinator Brad Allan in London.

“By the time we got to filming, about 90 percent of it was me, except the big, big stunts, which I probably could have done, but we legally couldn’t do them for insurance, because it was too risky,” she shared.

Moretz also sweetly recalled working with Hollywood icon Nicolas Cage, who played her on-screen father Big Daddy in the movie, with her adding, “We were super close and he was so sweet with me.”

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Matthew Vaughn wanted Brad Pitt for Kick-Ass

Matthew Vaughn originally wanted Brad Pitt to play the role of Big Daddy in his action comedy Kick-Ass.The filmmaker marked the 10th anniversary of the movie in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, and revealed that he originally enlisted the Osca…

Matthew Vaughn originally wanted Brad Pitt to play the role of Big Daddy in his action comedy Kick-Ass.

The filmmaker marked the 10th anniversary of the movie in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, and revealed that he originally enlisted the Oscar-winning actor as a producer to drum up interest from Hollywood studios for the expletive-ridden offbeat superhero blockbuster, but the tactic wasn’t enough to convince executives to go for the project.

“No studio would touch it,” Vaughn recalled. “So I had to mortgage my house in order to finance the film, which was scary, to be honest.”

However, once the project got the green light, the 49-year-old courted Pitt to play Big Daddy, a former police officer who trains his young daughter to become the foul-mouthed vigilante Hit Girl, who was portrayed by Chloe Grace Moretz.

Instead, Pitt signed up to star in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, prompting Vaughn to approach Nicolas Cage for the role, who he knew was a big fan of comic books and superheroes.

“I knew Nic loved comic books and superheroes, and this script was a love letter to superheroes,” the director explained. “The film imagines what it would be like if the ultimate fanboy suddenly decided to play superhero, and some people mistakingly felt we were attacking the genre, but I knew Nic would buy in.”

And Vaughn recalled seeing Cage put on Big Daddy’s costume for the first time and how the actor’s energy invigorated the cast and crew after a long day of filming.

“(He) had an enthusiasm which is vital on a film set. There are days where you’re so exhausted that you really rely on the enthusiasm, otherwise you end up with a flat film,” he shared.

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January Jones lied to X-Men personal trainer about workout sessions

January Jones used to lie to her X-Men: First Class personal trainer about the amount of exercise she was doing.The actress starred as Emma Frost in Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 mutant movie and was given a trainer on set to help her stay in shape during film…

January Jones used to lie to her X-Men: First Class personal trainer about the amount of exercise she was doing.

The actress starred as Emma Frost in Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 mutant movie and was given a trainer on set to help her stay in shape during filming.

However, January admitted during an interview with Shape magazine that she used to lie to her fitness coach to avoid having to complete intense workout regimes.

“When I was filming X-Men, they had trainers for all of us. I would lie and say I was exercising in my hotel room, when actually I was watching Friends and having full tea service,” she laughed.

The Mad Men star also explained that her father was a personal trainer and her family used to rebel when he pushed them to exercise.

“My dad was a trainer, so in my 20s and 30s, I didn’t work out, because he was always pushing my sisters, my mom, and me to exercise. We would rebel and not do it,” the 42-year-old shared. “It’s not that I wasn’t active… But on a regular basis, I wouldn’t work out, ever.”

But after having her son Xander in September 2011, January’s entire mindset about working out changed.

“After I had my son, Xander, I wanted to feel strong because my body had changed so much,” she explained. “As he got bigger and I was hauling around a 20- or 30-pound toddler, my lower back gave out and I saw my shoulders starting to curl and hunch. I wanted to do something for my posture and core strength.”

January took up barre classes two or three years ago and has been doing Lagree Pilates two to four times a week for the past year, and she has noticed the difference, with her adding, “I’ve gained weight because I’ve put on muscle. I’ve gone up a size in clothes, but I feel like I look better naked.”

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Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman films inspire men’s fragrance line

Fans of the Kingsman films can now smell like secret service agents thanks to a new line of men’s fragrances created with the help of director Matthew Vaughn.The English filmmaker, who masterminded Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kingsman: The Golden …

Fans of the Kingsman films can now smell like secret service agents thanks to a new line of men’s fragrances created with the help of director Matthew Vaughn.

The English filmmaker, who masterminded Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kingsman: The Golden Circle, has teamed with bosses at lifestyle brand Coty Inc to come up with a scent inspired by the hit movies.

“As a unique, quintessentially British lifestyle brand, Kingsman fits perfectly within Coty Luxury’s portfolio and nicely complements our strong luxury men’s fragrance business,” said Coty Luxury president Edgar Huber. “Through our combined strength in storytelling and Coty’s marketing and commercial expertise, we are uniquely positioned to translate the Kingsman universe into a success in fragrances.”

The fragrance will be available in February, when prequel The King’s Man, starring Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, and Djimon Hounsou, hits theatres.

“This partnership is a further evolution of the Kingsman brand, a collaboration that represents the same high quality and craftsmanship the Kingsman portfolio is known for,” Vaughn added.

“Working with Coty’s expertise in fragrance, and with a truly exciting campaign to come, I look forward to the launch of the newest addition to the Kingsman collection.”

Vaughn previously teamed with bosses at the men’s style brand Mr. Porter on a range of items inspired by the franchise and with Glendronach distillers in Forgue, Scotland on a Kingsman Edition 1991 Vintage whisky.

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Daniel Bruhl to make directorial debut

Daniel Bruhl is gearing up to make his directorial debut.The Captain America: Civil War actor will lead German-language comedy Next Door and serve as a producer under his Amusement Park Films banner. According to editors at Deadline, Bruhl will also a…

Daniel Bruhl is gearing up to make his directorial debut.

The Captain America: Civil War actor will lead German-language comedy Next Door and serve as a producer under his Amusement Park Films banner.

According to editors at Deadline, Bruhl will also appear in the film, which will begin shooting next year. Daniel Kehlmann is writing the script.

Producer Malte Grunert announced the project at the Zurich Film Festival and described it as a “dark comedy dealing with social inequalities and gentrification,” according to Variety.

No other casting details have been announced.

Sharing the news on Instagram, Bruhl added in the caption, “It’s happening, a new challenge ahead. Thankful and thrilled!!!”

The post caught the attention of a number of the 41-year-old’s followers, including actress Jessica Chastain, who joked: “Congrats! Guess I missed your casting call…,” alongside a smiley face emoji.

Bruhl and Chastain previously appeared together in The Zookeeper’s Wife, Niki Caro’s 2017 war drama, which was based on Diane Ackerman’s non-fiction book of the same name.

In recent years, the German-Spanish star has become known for his performances in films such as Rush, Woman in Gold, and The Cloverfield Paradox. He played Laszlo Kreizler in 2018 TV series The Alienist, a part he is set to reprise in forthcoming show, The Angel of Darkness, and is currently in the post-production stages of The King’s Man, a prequel to Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman film series. The flick, featuring an ensemble cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Matthew Goode, and Djimon Hounsou, is to be released in the U.S. on 14 February 2020.

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Matthew Vaughn: ‘Ralph Fiennes is a natural with action sequences’

Matthew Vaughn has praised Ralph Fiennes for acing the action sequences in The King’s Man.In the prequel to Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service and The Golden Circle, the veteran British actor plays the Duke of Oxford, a gentleman warrior who hel…

Matthew Vaughn has praised Ralph Fiennes for acing the action sequences in The King’s Man.

In the prequel to Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service and The Golden Circle, the veteran British actor plays the Duke of Oxford, a gentleman warrior who helps guide his son Conrad through the world of espionage.

With the exception of some wand-wielding scenes in the Harry Potter franchise, the 56-year-old is best known for starring in intimate dramas than blockbusters, but Vaughn has insisted Fiennes is so fit he was more than capable of handling the action scenes.

“He’s fit as f**k… He’s been doing yoga two hours every day for 35 years,” the director said to Empireonline.com. “There’s one scene, which is a homage to a Jackie Chan moment, where we put a safety harness and a winch on him. After we shot it, the safety guy said, ‘He didn’t even use the winch.’ Ralph did it himself.”

The Kick-Ass filmmaker added that Fiennes was “like a duck to water for the action,” and explained that he had practice with sword fighting scenes because he was well-versed with those in the theatre.

Elsewhere in the chat, Vaughn noted that he cast The English Patient actor in The King’s Man because he’d been hoping to work with him for years and thought he would have made a great James Bond when he was younger.

“Ralph is a brilliant actor. And his secret weapon, and I don’t think enough people appreciate it, is that he’s very f**king funny. He had no problem going into the murkiness of Kingsman quite happily. He can do it all,” he gushed.

The King’s Man, which also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Gemma Arterton and Djimon Hounsou, is set for release in February 2020.

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Taika Waititi set to tackle animated Flash Gordon movie 

Taika Waititi has reportedly been tasked with revamping Flash Gordon for an animated movie.The Thor: Ragnarok filmmaker has signed on to write and direct the project for Fox/Disney bosses, according to editors at Deadline. The news emerges four years a…

Taika Waititi has reportedly been tasked with revamping Flash Gordon for an animated movie.

The Thor: Ragnarok filmmaker has signed on to write and direct the project for Fox/Disney bosses, according to editors at Deadline.

The news emerges four years after Matthew Vaughn was first tapped to take charge of the remake, only to step down last year to focus on his Kingsman franchise.

He remained attached as a producer as director Julius Avery was brought on board in October, but now studio officials have turned to Waititi to recreate the superhero story in animated form. It’s unclear if Vaughn is still involved.

Flash Gordon is based on the 1934 comic strip about an adventurer who battles a tyrannical ruler on the planet Mongo.

The character has appeared in various movies and TV series, portrayed by the likes of Buster Crabbe and Sam J. Jones.

Waititi is currently one of the busiest names in Hollywood, having recently completed production on his latest film Jojo Rabbit, as well as an episode of upcoming Star Wars series The Mandalorian.

The New Zealander was set to co-direct an animated movie about Michael Jackson’s chimpanzee Bubbles with Mark Gustafson too, but last month, it was reported that he had abandoned the project due to scheduling conflicts and his commitments to developing a live-action version of Japanese graphic novel Akira.

Written by Isaac Adamson, the script for Bubbles topped The Black List – an annual survey of “most liked” screenplays not yet produced – in 2015. The concept was focused on exploring Jackson’s life from Bubbles’ perspective.

In addition, Waititi is to direct an episode of Time Bandits, a TV adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s 1981 film.

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Claudia Schiffer open to her children pursuing modelling

Claudia Schiffer will support her children if they decide to pursue modelling careers.The German supermodel rose to fame in the early 1990s alongside Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Elle Macpherson, and continues to appear in campaigns, recentl…

Claudia Schiffer will support her children if they decide to pursue modelling careers.

The German supermodel rose to fame in the early 1990s alongside Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Elle Macpherson, and continues to appear in campaigns, recently landing gigs from the likes of Balmain, Bulgari, Michael Kors, Prada, and Ba&sh.

Claudia and her film director husband Matthew Vaughn are also parents to son Caspar, 16, and daughters Clementine, 14, and eight-year-old Cosima, and while her children are still at school, the blonde beauty would be fine with them entering the fashion business one day.

“I will encourage whatever they want to do, as long as they try their best and work hard at it,” she said in an interview with InStyle.com, before adding that she realises it will also be difficult for her children to step out into the public eye. “Having me as their mum is a double-edged sword when it comes to modelling: It may get them through the door, but they will be under far more scrutiny on the other side.”

In the chat, Claudia went on to explain that she has kept all her clothes from her career in an archive for her daughters to have in the future. And it seems that Clementine has already taken a liking to a number of pieces from her vast collection.

“Last winter, I pulled out some old favourites from the ’90s, such as oversized jackets and large handbags, which ended up looking very much on-trend. I also have some great pieces from the late ’80s, which remind me of how I started my career in Paris. I’ve kept everything, really, for my daughters to wear one day. My 14-year-old has already started with the ’90s section!” the 48-year-old smiled.

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson reunites with Matthew Vaughn for Kingsman prequel

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is teaming up once again with his Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn for the Kingsman prequel. The Nocturnal Animals actor is reuniting with moviemaker, who he worked on the 2010 superhero comedy, on Kingsman: The Great Game, a preq…

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is teaming up once again with his Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn for the Kingsman prequel.

The Nocturnal Animals actor is reuniting with moviemaker, who he worked on the 2010 superhero comedy, on Kingsman: The Great Game, a prequel to Vaughn’s Kingsman instalments, The Secret Service and The Golden Circle, which were released in 2014 and 2017, respectively.

According to Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper, Taylor-Johnson is part of a star-studded ensemble cast which also includes Gemma Arterton, Ralph Fiennes, Rhys Ifans, and newcomer Harris Dickinson.

The prequel will be set during World War I and explore the origins of the Kingsman organisation. Arterton will play a nanny named Polly, who helps raise Conrad, the son of the Duke of Oxford, with “ruthless efficiency”. Fiennes will play the Duke, while Dickinson will portray his heir Conrad. Reporters at Collider.com also added that Conrad will be a “cocky yet charming young hero” who’s eager to serve his country and fight in World War I, and the film will be more of a period drama than a spy thriller.

Filming is already underway in various locations around the U.K. with a base at Longcross Film Studios near Chertsey in Surrey.

Daily Mail columnist Baz Bamigboye also revealed that the prequel will feature Daniel Bruhl, Charles Dance, Stanley Tucci, Matthew Goode, Djimon Hounsou, Alison Steadman, and Tom Hollander.

The Bird Box actor has been cast in three roles after casting directors unsuccessfully tried to find three similar-looking actors for the parts. Hollander will play King George V, the German Kaiser and the Russian tsar, who are all part of Queen Victoria’s extended family tree.

Kingsman star Taron Egerton will not appear in The Great Game, which is scheduled to be released in November, but is thought to be reprising his character Eggsy in Kingsman 3, which Vaughn is currently developing.

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