It’s not everyday you’re approached to become a secret agent. Wouldn’t we all want to be one? Secret gadgets and the works. Kingsman: The Secret Service might change your mind if you said no.
The cast and crew including Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Taron Egerton, Sophie Cookson, Sofia Boutella and co-creators Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons sat down during 20th Century Fox’s press conference at San Diego Comic Con to speak about the highly anticipated action flick.
Kingsman: The Secret Service seems like your average agent movie (I’m looking to you, Agent Cody Banks). But, considering the fact Mark Millar and Matthew Vaughn worked together in the past to create a film you may know, Kick-Ass, there’s no doubt audience members are eagerly waiting for the release of this movie. Based on the comic book The Secret Service, the movie portrays a veteran secret agent who mentors an unlikely choice to become a new agent.
Firth is known for multiple critically-acclaimed roles but we finally get to see him play a role that an interviewer described best as, “fulfilling every Colin Firth’s fan fantasy.”
Firth, when discussing what drew him to the movie, said, “It was Matthew Vaughn who decided it was a good combination because he likes to take your presumptions about people and flip them on their head. He came to me, ‘Well, I think you’re the last person on earth anybody would expect to kick anyone’s ass and I think it’ll be a big surprise. But I would like you to really do it so are you up for it?’”
Jackson, on the other hand, was looking forward to do a film that depicted the kind of acting actors in general dream of as a child. “Now I get to do it as an adult on a grand scale. I get to have a real gun in my hand. It shoots fake bullets but when I shoot somebody, unlike my friends who yell ‘You missed me!’ Their chest explodes. I love that. You don’t have to be tough to do that. You have to learn how to do the technical things like you know, choreography fights and all of those but all that other stuff is stuff we’ve been waiting to do all our lives,” said Jackson.
The biggest lesson the press learned from Jackson was to never let your cellphone go off in the middle of an interview. With numerous recording devices placed in front of the panel, a cellphone went off and what would anyone else have done? Jackson’s response was to answer the phone, of course. Although a one-sided conversation, Jackson’s replies were pretty funny such as casually answering the phone saying, “No, this is Sam. What’s going on?” The whole room couldn’t believe what was happening and almost everyone wished the conversation was on speakerphone. (If you want to skip ahead to that moment, head over to the twelve minute mark!)
There was a clear chemistry between the cast and crew and an obvious differentiation between the young cast and veterans. When asked what it was like to work with “two titans in theater”, Egerton said, “I think the two gentleman sat next to me, I think it’s fair to say, are the quintessential living English and American movie stars. For me, obviously, getting to do scenes with both of them was not only wildly different but also completely wonderful in different ways and it’s something I’ll remember forever.”
Check out the press conference below for more hilarious jokes (even one including Hugh Grant) and don’t forget to catch Kingsman: The Secret Service premiering February 13, 2015!
Reporting, Production & Written Content by Ashley Bulayo| Camera by Cara McGee (Freelance)
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