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Capone talks to Matthew Vaughn about STARDUST, Bobby De Niro, X-MEN, THOR and much more!!!

Published at: Aug. 7, 2007, 3:53 a.m. CST

Hey, folks. Capone in Chicago here. One of the great benefits of getting to go to Butt-Numb-a-Thon every year is that we've stayed up to date with the works of Matthew Vaughn over the years. At the second BNAT, we saw SNATCH (which Vaughn produced); a few years later, we got a tasty preview of LAYER CAKE (his directing debut); and at Half-Ass-a-Thon just days before the Alamo Drafthouse closed its doors, we got a sneak peak at the delightful and subversive STARDUST, based on the book by Neil Gaiman. Vaughn recorded a hilarious video introduction to the screening, in which he apologized for leaving X-MEN 3 in the hands of Brett Ratner. I've seen STARDUST twice now, and really enjoy watching it charm an audience as it goes deeper into its imaginative tale of a young man falling in love with a celestial body. During filming on STARDUST, both Quint and Moriarty were invited onto the set on separate visits (my invite clearly got lost somewhere over the Atlantic), and I was intrigued by what I read from those reports. I wasn't convinced that the film would work, but seeing the film has made it abundantly clear that what you see on a set (or what you read about happening on the set) does not always predict what will end up on the screen. Vaughn was in Chicago recently, and although was traveling when he came to town, I managed to arrange a phone interview with this very gracious man. Enjoy.


Capone: I think I’m the only Aint It Cool person that didn’t get to visit the set last summer.

Matthew Vaughn: [laughs] You should complain.

C: I know, I think I will, but I don’t usually find out about those things until after the films are done shooting. However, I was lucky enough to see the great videotaped introduction you did before the screening at one of the last events at the Alamo Drafthouse. That was fantastic.

MV: Well, I hope so. I literally ran into the TRANSFORMERS junket, and I don’t remember exactly what I said, to be honest. So, it was sort of ‘Hi’ and ‘Goodbye’.

C: You were very apologetic, obviously, for dropping out of X-MEN 3. That’s really what I remember.

MV: It was a decision that was forced. I wanted to make a film that was as good as X2, and in the time period that I had, I couldn’t do it. I could understand why Fox wanted to motor ahead.

C: How long were you actually attached to that film, because it didn’t feel like it was that long, but…

MV: Well, that’s how long I was in it. I did about two months prep.

C: Including some lasting casting decisions.

MV: Exactly. It was a very, very tight schedule.

C: I remember you had told one of our guys when they were visiting you on the STARDUST set that there was a handful of scenes that you came up with that were pretty much intact in the finished film. Is that true?

MV: Yeah, it is, it is.

C: And, you mentioned the casting of Kelsey Grammer, who actually turned out to be great.

MV: Everyone thought I was insane, except Kelsey, but I think he did a good job.

C: Okay. It’s actually been great, because over the years at the Butt-Numb-A-Thon events, we’ve been exposed to a lot of the work that you’ve been involved with. For example, SNATCH played one year, LAYER CAKE another year, and then, we just got to see STARDUST, which actually was the second time I had seen it. I think I liked it more the second time. But, had it always been your intention after LAYER CAKE to do a much bigger film with special effects, etc. Has that always been your goal and your dream, to do something bigger like that?

MV: Yeah, I’ve been wanting to do a big move since I saw STAR WARS. As a producer, I was doing the smaller movies, hoping that one day we’d go for this big stuff. It’s weird because, ultimately, I think a good movie isn’t dependent on what the budget is, but I think spectacle is. And, I think, now that I’ve got kids as well, it’s been triggered even more, that I want to develop and make films which I can take the whole family to and really enjoy it.

C: It seemed like there was a time after LAYER CAKE when your name was getting attached to a lot of different things, including X-MEN, but also I seem to remember CASINO ROYALE for a while, and there was a MAN FROM UNCLE project. How much of that was legitimate? I mean, where did that all come from, because obviously, you can’t work on all of those at the same time.

MV: I think it came because, obviously, after LAYER CAKE I started meeting people. But, officially I was attached to none of those. X-MEN was the only thing I was attached to. It’s probably about to happen all again, because I’m out there now trying to find the next project. And, they’re very hard to find.

C: I was going to bring it up toward the end of our talk, but since you mentioned it…The one I’m hearing now is THOR. Is there any truth to that?

MV: I’ve been discussing it with Marvel. I really like the Marvel guys, and it would be good to make. We’re trying to find something to work on together. If THOR is going to happen, I don’t know. I’m seeing them again next week. And, the other problem is the whole strike thing. It’s, like, we’d like to make a movie before the strike, so whether THOR could be the one, I don’t know.

C: That’s becoming the big question mark now, when I’m talking to anyone about their project. It’s, like, well, there’s the strike coming up, so who knows. When did you first meet Neil Gaiman? Was it when you produced his short film [ 2003's A SHORT FILM ABOUT JOHN BOLTON], or had you known him before that?

MV: I first met him in LA about a year before that--I can’t remember what the date was--but basically, I was sent…CA, his agent, sent me the book, STARDUST, and I read and loved it, and said, ‘Let’s meet up’. So, I’ve probably known him six years, I’d say.

C: What did you like about STARDUST, because there’s a real subversive quality to it that translates really well to film.

MV: What did I like about it? The weird thing is--and you may think I’m insane for thinking it--but, I read it thinking, God, for me, I could make a PRINCESS BRIDE with a MIDNIGHT RUN on the tone.

C: [Laughs] MIDNIGHT RUN?

MV: If you think about this movie, out of any film structurally, it’s virtually identical to MIDNIGHT RUN.

C: Including having Robert De Niro in it?

MV: I remember saying it to Bob, and Bob said, “So, what is this movie like?” and I said, “Well, it’s going to be a bit like MIDNIGHT RUN.” And, he looks at me, like, “ Wha-a-at?” And, then I explained. The analogy is that if you think Charles Grodin is the star, Tristan is De Niro’s role, right? They’re trying to get back to the bail bond…

C: Oh, I definitely see it, but don't ask me to think of Charles Grodin as a star.

MV: [laughs]…and the mob are the witches, and the FBI are the princes.

C: Wow, okay. You know what, I’ll go along with that, because I love MIDNIGHT RUN.

MV: So do I. It’s one of my favorite, favorite movies. I just felt that…in the sense that the comedic thriller element was MIDNIGHT RUN, and the romance, whimsical fancy was the PRINCESS BRIDE. That’s what I was trying to get.

C: I guess PRINCESS BRIDE is the obvious sort of touchstone. A lot of people are going to compare it to that, and I think in terms of the humor, I see that. But, this is much darker. It’s a PG-13, but you could have pushed it just a tiny bit more to make it R rated. The deaths of the princes alone are almost enough to push it into a slightly more adult category.

MV: I’m a very big Roald Dahl fan. Roald Dahl didn’t write kids for kids, all this saccharine-coated stuff. He wrote dark, interesting novels. Kids are dark, I mean, kids love to be slightly scared and have their boundaries pushed. I’ve always said, I hope STARDUST is the sort of film that adults can enjoy with their kids and kids can enjoy when they’re with the adults. I say it’s an adult film for kids, or it’s a kid’s film for adults.

C: Were there certain fairy tale conventions that you wanted to try to avoid? And, conversely, were there certain ones you wanted to wholeheartedly embrace?

MV: I wanted the sort of a sense of awe I used to have when I heard fairy tales, and the romance, and the good versus evil, and the adventure. And, I always think kids really enjoy seeing, you know, a leading figure that’s pretty sort of relatable and nerdy and then becoming the hero--sort of boy to man. I think the happy ending…that’s the stuff where we borrowed from fairy tales, but at the same time, I didn’t want it to feel, like, you say ‘fairy tale’ and most men would run a mile from watching the movie. “Fairy tale? Na-a-h, I don’t watch fairy tale films.” If someone said to me, “Come and watch a fairy tale” I’d be, “Eh, I’m not sure.” So, that’s what I tried to avoid, the elements in fairy tales that, I think, could put people off.

C: When I had heard Michelle Pfeiffer’s name involved with this film, I have to confess I wasn’t sure she’d fully embrace the cruel and crude nature of her character. But, I need to stop underestimating her, because she’s absolutely fearless here. For someone as beautiful as her to portray someone who plays most of her role kind of ugly is a bold move. What made you think of her as this character?

MV: I think because, as far as beauty is concerned, she’s an icon for me and has been for…God, 25 years now? …more. And, so I figured you’d understand why Michelle Pfeiffer is running around trying to find a damn heart to eat to stay young and beautiful, and at the same time, you really relate to her falling apart physically on the screen as well. And, when I met her, we laughed at the amount of freaks, you know, these women who spend a fortune on plastic surgery and trying to look young. And, in the end, they just look more and more horrendous. So, we actually tried to make her…All her look is based on real photographs of women, because I thought that was more scary than giving her a pair of fangs.

C: Plastic surgery mishaps, things like that?

MV: Mishaps, yes. And, there was a book we had, it scared me. This guy brought in a book of 95-year-old men and women, basically naked, doing yoga. Jesus, it was scary. We’re all going to end up like that, but it’s scary. I think also, when you watch it as an audience member, you know that’s going to happen to you, and that’s far more scary than if you see a two-headed monster; you’re not gonna fuckin’ have to face that.

C: Continuing the topic of your casting…I’ve seen Mark Strong, but I think I’m always going to identify him with this role from now on. There’s something really special about the way that he plays this. Actually, this last week, I was speaking to Danny Boyle, and he told me that Mark for a little while was bouncing between the sets of SUNSHINE and STARDUST, and that you were sort of sharing him. And, he’s critical to both films and adds maybe more than any other cast member to the subversive nature of the work--he is just eating up every scene that he is in. He’s fantastic.

MV: I think he’s the best actor. When Ian McKellen came in to do the voiceover, he actually said to me, “Mark Strong is the best actor of his generation,” because Ian had done theater with him, and he really is. Mark is a flawless, flawless actor. And, that’s what I wanted for Septimus. Anyway, when I cast him…actually, he was cast with no screen test. The studio was going crazy, going “Whaddya mean, no screen test?” I said, “Guys, trust me, what Alan Rickman did for PRINCE OF THIEVES, he’s gonna do for this.” I'm being told we have time for one more question…we’re just about up. So, what’s your nickname on the site?

C: Capone.

MV: Oh, you’re Capone—a nice big cigar and a machine gun.

[SPOILER ALERT]

C: That’s exactly right. My avatar is actually an amalgam of Robert De Niro characters. Okay, speaking of that, let’s talk about Robert De Niro. What was it about Robert De Niro that screamed out ‘gay pirate’?

MV: Absolutely nothing. That’s why I thought he was perfect for the role. I wanted someone where you’re, like, ‘No-o-o way.’ When that closet opens, you’re just like ‘Can’t be. This can not be happening.’ That’s the fun of it, because you also have those clichés, you know, the tough pirate. And, I thought, How am I going to reinvent the cliché of the tough pirate? What if I have a tough pirate that’s got a secret? And, then make him a really tough pirate--De Niro. And, it’s just amazing watching people when they see that.

[END SPOILER ALERT]

C: When you’re working with De Niro, is that a little…I mean, he’s got to have been a long-time hero of yours.

MV: Total. My biggest problem working with De Niro was thinking of the directors that have directed him in the past. I just thought, ‘My God, am I going to get found out very, very quickly?’, because he’s worked with De Palma, Scorsese--heroes of mine. But, after about a day, I got used to it. And, he was great. At the end of the day, he’s an actor, he wants to be directed, and takes it very seriously and was a joy to work with.

C: Okay. Well, Matthew, I’ll let you go now, if you need to go, and thank you very much.

MV: I’ve got to do some TV shit now. But, please spread the word, and I’ll see you…umm…

C: Hopefully, next time. Whatever you’re working on next, I’ll see if I can get the set invite.

MV: [laughs] I'm in LA this weekend, some junkets, swing by there. I’m there. Are you based in LA?

C: No, I’m based in Chicago.

MV: Chicago! You should be coming here then.

C: I’m out of town this week. That’s why I’m trying to do this on the phone. I’m actually on the East coast today. But, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to talk to you, because I know you've been very kind to many of our writers over the years.

MV: Some of those people have been unbelievably supportive to me, so I’m very, very appreciative.

C: Well, it helps that you make these great movies. So, yes, thank you very much.

MV: What makes me laugh is in the Talkbacks [when they say] “This is another plant. It’s a plant, it’s a plant.” Goddam it, guys! They are not shy about saying something is shit, if they didn’t like it. People forget that.

C: I was thinking, when I heard Ian McKellen’s voice doing the narration for STARDUST, this is just you trying to push the geeks into overload, because they’ve already got enough people in there to get excited about. But to have Ian McKellen do the voice. He just makes all the geeks quiver in their seats with his voice.

MV: You know what is was…I mean, I remember Harry’s review summed it up right. I think his voice made people feel secure.

C: It’s true. That’s absolutely right.

MV: That’s why I went for him. I'm glad he said ‘yes’. [laughs]



Capone capone@aintitcool.com

Capone




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  • Aug. 7, 2007, 3:29 a.m. CST

    I love the fact that he eclipsed Richie with ONE movie

    by DirkD13"

    And proved himself to be far more talented at actual film direction, and no less talented at visual stylistics.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 3:32 a.m. CST

    second

    by Duncan Irons

    i always wanted to be but most probably yet again failed...

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Maybe X3 would've been good if MV directed it...

    by Zardoz

    It probably couldn't have been worse than what we got! But no, Fox had to rush it and fuck it up...Thanks, guys!

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 3:38 a.m. CST

    t(h)urd

    by davcra

    Sounds like a good egg. Any comics marvel don't want adapted?

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 3:53 a.m. CST

    Foppish pirates? Yeah, haven't seen that before.

    by Julius Dithers

    With Favs wrapping up Iron Man, Wight on Ant-Man and Vaughn (hopefully) doing Thor, the likelihood of a well-made Avengers movie improves. Maybe David Yates will be available after Harry Potter 6?

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 4:03 a.m. CST

    CAPONE

    by mwhyntie

    Whats the strike about and whos going on it?

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 4:13 a.m. CST

    Mark Strong is that good.

    by Cameron1

    Anyone should try and find a copy of Low Winter Sun for a breathtakingly brilliant turn from Strong. He almost made Revolver watchable too.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 4:14 a.m. CST

    VAUGHN IS A PLANT!

    by Mullah Omar

    It's obvious that Vaughn answered all of Capone's questions himself and Capone just went along writing everything down accurately. So much for this site's credibility...

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 4:19 a.m. CST

    Damn It

    by barnaby jones

    I hate that this film looks like a British movie and we have to wait until November to see it.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 4:37 a.m. CST

    Gay Pirates? I blame Johnny Depp. And Orlando Bloom.

    by V'Shael

    Those guys gayed up piracy that was a direct insult from Disney to movie pirates. <p> And as for that flat-chested Tomboy Beanpole in their 3-way cockfight of love... GAY.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 5:35 a.m. CST

    DAMN YOU VAUGHN!!!

    by TheBloop

    Fo giving us Brett Ratner's x-men 3. Damn you!

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 6:01 a.m. CST

    It's a plant

    by Vamp-AICNchat

    Only kidding, great interview. Layer Cake is one of my favourite films of the last five years. The score is great too.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Does anyone care about Thor?

    by Trazadone

    I mean, seriously? Thor is bar none the lamest Marvel character ever created. My eyes glaze over when I see Thor on the shelves.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 6:59 a.m. CST

    Our Friends in the North

    by Franco Begbie

    Funny how Christopher Ecclestone and Daniel Craig have obviously gone onto being these huge names, and now Mark Strong is being talked about in the same terms. Whoever cast that show must have been a bloody genius.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 7:15 a.m. CST

    So it's Midnight Run by way of Princess Bride?

    by rev_skarekroe

    Someone should do Princess Bride by way of Midnight Run. DeNiro can be Wesley, Grodin can play Buttercup, Yaphet Kotto can play Andre the Giant. It's perfect!

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 7:29 a.m. CST

    I still haven't seen X3

    by Judge Briggs

    Boycotting out of pure nerdiness. Welp, since they made Juggernaut a mutant, I swore I wouldn't see it until it's on TBS or something. Fucking Fox. First Fox News and now X3.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Judge Briggs

    by Vamp-AICNchat

    It's good, but it just ain't as good as X2.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 8:19 a.m. CST

    I know everyone hates Richie

    by scratcher

    but I don't agree that Layer Cake is better than Snatch and LockStock. Richie's films may not be perfect, but they're edgier and funnier. Other than Craig, the performances were far superior (or maybe their parts were better written). <P> Not that I'm knocking Vaughn, and I'm really looking forward to Stardust. I hope it lives up to the hype.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Hey Trazadone...I feel the same way about HULK...

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    Thor is a GREAT property for an adaptation imo...Thor has the whole 'Shazam-like' alter-ego thing going on with Donald Blake. Check out Kirby's original run on Journey Into Mystery...fun stuff.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Gay Pirates? How original....

    by TheJake

    Um, that is unless you take into account the origin of the term "butt pirate". Pirates were notorious for being homos while on long voyages. How is that original? Shit, there's even a well known saying in the Navy about sailors on subs - "12 men go down, 6 couples come up." And um, how about that Village People song...

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 10:06 a.m. CST

    LAYER CAKE is way overrated.

    by Mosquito March

    And STARDUST looks just like PRINCESS BRIDE, or a made-for-TV fantasy film, but with better actors. Seriously, every shot of Michelle Pfeiffer in the trailer looks like some kind of Disney-produced evil-witch-step-mom movie. This thing is gonna fucking tank.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 10:19 a.m. CST

    X3 was the best one

    by BendersShinyAss

    I mean X1 def had charm and was an impressive big screena daption. but lets not beat around anyones bush - X3 was a fucking rollercoaster ride of pure delight. But if you don't like it then who cares...

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 10:31 a.m. CST

    X3 the best one?

    by Cellar Door

    Hmmm..personally, I'd disagree but not by much. I think for such dramatic story turns they should have taken a bit more time and fleshed it out a bit. Ratt did far better than I ever thought he could and without a doubt X3 has the best and most realized/focused soundtrack of the 3. But Juggernaut as a mutant was dumb but forgivable (tho not the muscle suit...wtf??!?!) and for the purists, the unforgivable interpretation of Dark Phoenix. Easily the least of the 3 but still a watchable action/popcorn flick. (For those who think X2 sucked, watch the first 10 minutes again and tell me of just one scene that sweet in X3?)

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 10:45 a.m. CST

    LAYER CAKE was terrific.

    by all

    MV managed to give the English Gangster genre a little heart n soul. Can't wait to see his new flick.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 10:46 a.m. CST

    bloody revisionism

    by Lost Prophet

    X3 was not good. However, due to the unmitigated shit that surrounded it, and the festering rancid corpse of cinema that has been on display this summer it now looks like Raiders of The Lost Ark.<p>It's a decline in standards all round.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Stardust has a cheap trailer

    by messi

    only good thing was Ricky gervais, that came out of nowhere and still makes me laugh.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Matthew Vaughn = This year's little miss PLANT

    by messi

    cunce.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 12:25 p.m. CST

    X3 is good, not X2 Good,

    by AlwaysThere

    Even with the time constraints it's more confident than X1.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 1:08 p.m. CST

    X3 = Terrible "X-Men movie" but ok popcorn movie.

    by blindambition238

    As an X-Men fan I have to admit that it was competently done as an action movie which is a miracle and should earn Ratman a bit of credit given the rush job schedule and shit script. But yea, as an "X-Men movie" it pretty much was insanely blasphemous to canon, which was pretty much the only thing that kept me from enjoying it as a normal movie.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 1:19 p.m. CST

    X3 BLEW AS HARD, AND AS DEEP AS.....

    by artie langes nut

    BRETT RATNER'S TRANNY HEY O O O OO O O O

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 1:37 p.m. CST

    if anybody can make THOR work, i say Vaughn can

    by pipergates

    nice chat,

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 2:39 p.m. CST

    X3 Fairly Maligned

    by oisin5199

    What a clusterfuck of epic proportions. Terrible editing with absolutely no emotional content, cheesy dialogue, actors phoning it in for a paycheck, ass-raping of X3 mythology and disrespecting major characters, too many useless mutants, a non-sensical climax. The list goes on. How anyone can think X3 is the best XMen film is beyond me. Vaughan saw a screaming train wreck and got out while he still could. Good for him.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 3:02 p.m. CST

    The best part about MV on Thor...

    by ballyhoo

    is that one of my best friends is named Matthew Vaughn and he's a HUUUUGE Thor fan.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 4:11 p.m. CST

    all I can say for X3...

    by liljuniorbrown

    Thank God Rattner didn't get Superman. I think his best film was Red Dragon, I still would have loved to see Depalma direct that one with that cast but oh well.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 4:37 p.m. CST

    I am so looking forward to this!

    by Jakes Nel

    And as excited as I am at the possibility of Vaughn directing Thor, another side of me wishes he'd turn to something a bit more original. Then again, if he doesn't direct Thor, it'll probably be shit. Oh, and I agree with liljuniorbrown about Ratner not doing Superman. Thank God.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 5:09 p.m. CST

    I was On Board X3 With Matt On

    by DOGSOUP

    ...and jumped ship when the Rat came on. Whch sucks, i grew up with the XMen and wanted the third one to be something special. It was, Something Especially Wretched. I don't blame you Matt, you seem like a guy with integrity. Anyway Stardust should redeem your comic-to-film- geek cred nicely. Even though...it was a novel...before a comic.....whatever...

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Midnight Run love is always appreciated...

    by Alonzo Mosely

    Now where did I put my sunglasses...

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Vaughn had all the wrong ideas for X3

    by Donald Trump

    We could whine all we want about Ratner, but it was Vaughn's script.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 6:21 p.m. CST

    "Kill Cyclops because he is busy making Superman"

    by Donald Trump

    I don't care how well-crafted the film could have been, the film still fails at the basic conceptual level: "Kill Cyclops because he is busy making Superman Returns." <p>Offenses Vaughn committed against the X-Men (in no particular order): <p> 1 - Removing Cyclops, the Heart of the Phoenix Saga story. Moronic decision (although his hand was probably forced by FOX on this decision) <p> 2 - the Mutant Cure - using a 2-month old, Joss Whedon plot point (and Whedon-invented character! [indian doctor]), instead digging deeper into X-men lore for a better story. <p> 3 - Having Magneto emotionally manipulate the Phoenix <p> 4 - Killing Xavier <p> 5 - Killing Jean <p> 6 - Curing Rogue (??!?!?!??!?!) <p> 7 - Changing Juggernaut's origins and power <p> 8 - Curing Mystique <p> 9 - mangling/ under-utilizing Colossus

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Gosh I had forgotten how worked up I could get about X3

    by Donald Trump

    before I forget, <p> 10 - Completely ruining the Sentinels, minimizing them to a Danger Room simulation, and stamping out any future possibility of them being used as a serious threat from humans. <p> It has been a long time since I saw the movie, and during that period I had become a little more accepting of it, but now my eyes are open once again! This was a travesty!!

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Donald Trump...

    by blindambition238

    Yea the Cyclops dying thing, among most of those other things probably, was pretty much decided entirely by the studio and wasn't vaughn's idea. Theres a X-Men filmverse fan site I forgot the name to, but before and after X3 came out they hosted a Q&A with the screenwriters. Sure enough when the complaints came in about how butchered the phoenix saga and the characters were, they basically said something along the lines of 'Sorry but, we sincerely tried the best we could with the framework and notes we were given to work with', especially the part about Cyclops.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Oh yea...

    by blindambition238

    But we can most certainly blame him for casting Vinnie Jones as the Juggernaut

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Here's Juggy!

    by GavinVanDraven

    Why couldn't vinnie jones just have worked out for his role in X3? the "lets just do a rubber muscle suit approach" is pretty lame. well, that and making him a mutant... and making no mention that he and "wheels" are step brothers... and making his head look like a penis... oh nevermind.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Peter Jackson must direct Thor

    by ndouglas

    It's marvels only epic character

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 9:32 a.m. CST

    i say yeah, Jackson fits Thor like a glove

    by pipergates

    his abilities, creative strengths would work wonders for Thor, and even his hacky tendencies could fit a superhero like this- over the top and exaggerated special effects could look really cool with this Marvel-Asgardian. Someday is hope somebody makes a movie about the real Thor and Odin and Valhalla, far away from the tacky plastic suits and infantile behavior Marvel has thrust upon it... Vaughn might be the one able to add a bit of the old legends to it.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 9:54 a.m. CST

    when is quint reviewing the

    by caspartine

    when is quint reviewing the film didnt he watch it with harry?

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Ouch, something just fell on my foot!

    by oceanic86

    I wonder if it has anything to do with all the names being dropped in this interview...

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Oh, and X3 was really stupid.

    by oceanic86

    The Alcatraz siege is so fucking retarded. Magneto, going completely against character, sends hundreds of his nu-metal mutants to die for no reason while Jean stands on the sidelines looking evil. Only after their entire force is nearly decimated, does she step forward and destroy the entire fucking compound single-handedly. Why didn't she just do that right from the start? Oh, that's right, because the movie is a piece of shit. I was actually thinking I might get some enjoyment out of the movie, but the entire affair was just idiotic. I can't imagine shit like Daredevil, Elektra, or Ghost Rider being much worse than that.