Vince Vaughn on Swingers
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