Suit Up: A Conversation with TARON EGERTON for the Home Entertainment release of Kingsman: The Secret Service | The Fan Carpet

Suit Up: A Conversation with TARON EGERTON for the Home Entertainment release of Kingsman: The Secret Service

25 May 2015

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE is this year’s most exciting espionage thriller and centres on a teenage hoodlum, whose life takes an unexpected turn when he's recruited to join a spy organisation by a veteran secret agent. Colin Firth is the suave super spy Harry Hart, who takes a tearaway teen known as Eggsy, played by Taron Egerton, under his wing in the hopes that he will ultimately pass muster in an elite spy agency. Meanwhile, a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius, Richmond Valentine, played by Samuel L. Jackson, which the agency must try and thwart.

In our interview, newcomer Taron Egerton tells us about working with Colin Firth on his feature film debut and approaching the action sequences of the film...


Tell us about the premise of the film...
“Kingsman: The Secret Service” is a new film by Matthew Vaughn, and it’s a kind of sort of riff on the spy genre really. It’s a kind of love letter I suppose to the spy films of days gone by when things were a little bit, potentially a bit more far fetched, a little bit more theatrical, a bit more sort of a reference of itself as a genre. Basically the story is of a young man who has a wonderful skill set, a fantastically physically and mentally able young man who through circumstances has kind of fallen to being a little bit dysfunctional and fallen into petty crime and what have you. And basically Colin Firth’s character Harry Hart offers him the chance, the opportunity to channel his abilities towards something more constructive, i.e. being a spy for Kingsman.


Talk us through your audition process...
The whole experience of auditioning for this film was something of a whirlwind. It was kind of, yeah it all just happened very, very quickly. So it was one Thursday when I got these three scenes to audition with, the meeting with Matthew was the following day. And it was by far the most elaborate audition I had every done, at least in studios. And basically I went along, I only learned two of the scenes because I didn’t have much notice, which Matthew wasn’t very impressed with, still cast me though. The lesson is don’t do the work, no. Yes, basically I wasn’t able to learn it in all in the space of time because I was filming. So I went along and auditioned and he seemed to enjoy it, and what followed was a series of almost Kingsman like trials, where I kind of did stunt auditions. And I did in fact go up to his house in Suffolk I think it is and yeah, basically he wanted to see me deliver every line that was in the script at that point, because he’s, because he’s Matt, that’s what he’s like, you know? So yeah, you know what? It was actually a really lovely experience. We sat there; we read through the whole script, he read through the other parts. And he was so kind about it as we went along. You know, he would, if he thought, every few pages he would say, you know, “I really liked what you did there.” And it was fab, you know it was great. And yeah basically one Saturday morning we kind of, I think it was about five weeks after the initial audition, he called me and said, yeah he said, “Yeah I think we’re about to offer you this part.” And I went, “I don’t know what that means.” Couldn’t you have waited a couple of days and just offered me the part?” And basically what he meant was there was a set of sort of conditions basically to that and it was all confirmed for me Monday and I had to begin to being Eggsy.





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