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Feb122015

Why You Won't See Elton John "Kicking the Living Daylights Out of People" in New Movie "Kingsman: The Secret Service" 

Sam Taylor-WoodBack in 2013, the British tabloid The Sun claimed that director Matthew Vaughn wanted to cast Elton John in a new movie he was working on called Kingsman: The Secret Service.  Well, the movie hits theaters this Friday and guess what?  It turns out that Vaughn did, in fact, want to put Elton in the movie -- he had several funny scenes in mind for the music legend to play -- but it just didn't work out.

Vaughn, who also directed the hit movies X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass, tells ABC News Radio that Elton was one of several celebrities that he had wanted to put in the movie, a comedy-action film about a veteran secret agent who inducts a young trainee into the world of espionage.  But ultimately, Vaughn says, "We cut them out from the script."  He says it was a tough decision to make.

"I was umming and ahhing 'cause it had a whole fun subplot about celebrities being kidnapped," he tells ABC News Radio. "And I had an idea of, who's the worst celebrity you'd want to have locked in a cell? And I came up with Elton John, and having Elton John throwing these huge tantrums. And then I wanted to do an action scene of Elton John kicking the living daylights out of people."

But unfortunately, Vaughn says, he couldn't pull it off, for two reasons.

"First of all, the celebrities said no," he reveals. "And then I just got uncomfortable with, how do you have celebrities playing themselves, opposite famous actors playing another role?  The suspension of disbelief suddenly becomes harder to pull off."

Kingsman: The Secret Service stars Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Caine, among others.  As for Elton's movie career, at least he'll see his life story on screen in the near future, in a biopic called Rocketman, in which he'll be portrayed by Tom Hardy.


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