Vince Vaughn on Swingers

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The ac­tor/pro­ducer is cur­rently en­joy­ing a very de­lib­er­ate ca­reer shift, with parts in last year’s

Hack­saw Ridge and an ac­claimed per­for­mance in S Craig Zahler’s ul­tra-vi­o­lent Brawl in Cell Block

99. You could say Vaughn’s got some of his

Swingers mojo back. He told a packed Town­house au­di­ence how that 1996 cult com­edy came to be

“I think it’s good for any ac­tor to give your­self per­mis­sion to cre­ate your own ma­te­rial. A lot of ac­tors were just wait­ing around for an op­por­tu­nity. When Jon Favreau came out to Cal­i­for­nia, we used to go out. An in­ter­est­ing thing was hap­pen­ing: a lot of the ex-punk rock bands started writ­ing orig­i­nal swing mu­sic

— it was such a cool night to go out and hear a 12-piece band.

“I said to him, ‘We should prob­a­bly write some­thing’, and two weeks later he handed me the script to Swingers. A lot of the script was things I’d said, con­ver­sa­tions we’d had. We re­ally be­lieved in it.

“Peo­ple said, ‘It’s too spe­cific to your neigh­bour­hood’ and, ‘No-one’s go­ing to un­der­stand all the slang phrases.’ But that’s sort of what we liked about it, that’s what made it unique. We were very de­ter­mined, we would not com­pro­mise.

“Of course, [pro­ducer] Doug Li­man came in — he hadn’t re­ally done much then — and said, ‘I can get the movie fi­nanced for not a lot of money, and I’ll shoot the script as it is

— if I get to di­rect.’ We had $250,000, it was shot in 21 days. That’s how Swingers came about.

“I think it’s held up real well. It feels like younger peo­ple are see­ing it and re­lat­ing to it. There’s some­thing nice in that movie where the men re­ally liked the women — even my char­ac­ter Trent. That movie still makes you ex­cited to go on a date or meet some­one.”

Vince Vaughn, right, was in­ter­viewed on­stage by Alex Zane

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