Imagine this scenario. You hire Samuel L. Jackson to play the lead villain in your new spy thriller. You are expecting the gravitas of Nick Fury, the dominance of Jules from Pulp Fiction, and perhaps a sliver of the over-the-top insanity Jackson brought to Snakes on a Plane. But then he brings his interpretation of the character to you… and it’s not what you expected at all.
This is how Matthew Vaughn spins it while telling me about his new film Kingsman: The Secret Service, and Sam Jackson’s sinister turn as Valentine. The megalomaniac is cut from the cloth of classic James Bond villains, with an evil plan to rid the world of – well, I don’t want to reveal that. However, when Jackson brought his ideas to Vaughn during pre-production, they included such unusual choices as a lisp, and an extreme aversion to blood. As Vaughn remembers, he didn’t take to the ideas too well, saying:
But the Oscar-nominated actor had a perfectly good reason for wanting to saddle Valentine with a speech impediment, and when Matthew Vaughn heard it, he realized that it fit the character to a tee. Vaughn explained:
You can get a sense of Valentine’s signature lisp in the following clip.
Kingsman: The Secret Service introduces a badass new team of super agents who, according to legend, have been around for decades. Colin Firth plays the mentor to upstart spy Taron Egerton, and the two must join forces to stop Sam Jackson’s maniacal Valentine. The film opens in the States on Friday, February 13, and if you are smart, you’ll be in a theater on opening day.
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