Walkon the dark side

Vince Vaughn ditches com­edy for ca­reer crim­i­nal in True De­tec­tive

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - FRONT PAGE - re­ports MICHELE MANELIS

LAST year it was Matthew McConaughey who was ubiq­ui­tous as the face of True De­tec­tive. This year it’s Vince Vaughn who was splashed across bill­boards through­out Los An­ge­les pro­mot­ing the fever­ishly-an­tic­i­pated sec­ond sea­son of the ac­claimed crime se­ries.

As with the fi rst se­ries, cast­ing for this sopho­more year was shrouded in se­crecy. Ru­mours abounded of names “in talks”, rang­ing from Chris­tian Bale to Joaquin Phoenix. But it seems as if Vaughn had this cat in the bag from the start.

“There was no fi ght­ing for this role,” he as­sures.

“Thank­fully, I had met cre­ator and writer Nic Piz­zo­latto and we had a good con­nec­tion. I was re­ally ex­cited when it was thought of for me to par­tic­i­pate. The cast­ing wasn’t the kind of process you may think, although I would have fought for it.”

Vaughn is qui­etly men­ac­ing in his role as Frank Se­myon, a thug- turned-busi­ness­man try­ing to go le­git, whose as­pi­ra­tions of turn­ing over a new leaf are some­what stymied by the mur­der of a busi­ness as­so­ciate. The rest of the cast in­cludes Colin Far­rell as a morally- bereft de­tec­tive, Rachel McA­dams ( be­low left) play­ing against type as a hard­ened- yeteth­i­cal cop, and Tay­lor Kitsch as a war vet­eran and mo­tor­cy­cle offi cer try­ing to shake a diffi cult past.

Vaughn says, “It was great to work in an at­mos­phere where peo­ple were re­ally en­gaged and ex­cited to be a part of it.”

A fan of the fi rst sea­son, he says, “I went back and watched all the episodes in sea­son one more than once. I binge- watched it, ac­tu­ally. It re­ally fi red on all cylin­ders.” What can fans ex­pect of the sec­ond sea­son? “Like the fi rst one, there’s no rush. It gives pause and lays things out slowly as it goes on,” he ex­plains.

“It’s nice to soak it in, and it only gets more so­phis­ti­cated as it goes on. It’s adult and it’s artis­tic.” Though his name has for the most part been as­so­ci­ated with lighter fare – Swingers ( 1996), The Wed­ding Crash­ers ( 2005) and The Break- Up ( 2006), for ex­am­ple – Vaughn has long demon­strated dra­matic tal­ent and might, at 45, have found his ideal niche.

“I love the rich­ness of the char­ac­ters,” he says.

“I’m a fan of re­al­ism and the idea of in­ves­ti­gat­ing the hu­man con­di­tion.

“My pas­sion re­ally lies in this kind of genre. I love the ques­tions it raises, like, ‘ Who do you trust? Are the good guys re­ally good?’.” Who or what does Vaughn trust? He laughs. “Well, I don’t trust au­thor­ity, I just don’t like it. I was al­ways that way as a kid and maybe that’s why I’m an ac­tor,” he says.

“I like to see in­di­vid­u­als left alone to do what­ever it is that they feel OK about as long as they’re not hurt­ing any­one.”

Af­ter Vaughn’s real- life break- up with his Break- Up co- star Jen­nifer Anis­ton, it seemed he might be des­tined for bach­e­lor­hood. But this Chicago- raised ac­tor quite quickly met re­al­tor Kyla We­ber, mar­ried, and had two chil­dren, four- year- old Lock­lyn, and son, Ver­non, who will turn two in Au­gust.

He smiles. “There’s defi nitely been a lot of change. You start to in­ves­ti­gate life diff er­ently when you have kids,” he says.

“It’s just a diff er­ent ex­pe­ri­ence to any­thing else.”

Asked whether he can re­veal any plot points, how­ever mi­nor, about sea­son two, he says, “I don’t want to ruin any­one’s fun of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the ride. Where’s the fun in that?” Then he leans for­ward, teas­ing, “Oh, OK…. Let me tell you how it ends.”



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