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30 Mind-Blowing Facts About Matthew Vaughn You Need To Know

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Matthew Vaughn, one of the most famous English film directors in the industry, is world renowned for his movies, often based on comic books. He frequently collaborated with Jane Goldman, Jon Harris and Ilan Eshkeri, casting Mark Strong, Jason Flemyng and Dexter Fletcher. He is also known to work with music video producer Simon Fields. Here are some really interesting facts about the director that will make you love him more:

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  1.  During the filming of 2007 movie “Stardust” he had great difficulty shooting the scenes at the inn where Lamia entices Yvaine, Tristan, and Primus. He had to use a lot of stand-ins in the closer shots, as more than one cast member was available for filming, for very few days.
  2.  In the 2011 movie “X-Men: First Class,” the actors had initially intended to use the character’s trademark accents, but he had specifically instructed all the cast members to do away with all accents.
  3.  He had also wanted the movie to resemble the productions of the 1960s, using the anamorphic format "to create a widescreen experience, is emblematic of '60s movies."
  4.  Vaughn had hired five cinematographers – with sole credit given to John Mathieson, who did half of the film – and four assistant directors to successfully convey the look he wanted for the film.
  5.  In the DVD commentary of the 2007 movie “Stardust,” he has mentioned that he had chosen the name of Caspartine for the Captain Shakespeare’s flying boat, after his children Caspar and Clementine.
  6.  Matthew Allard Robert Vaughn was born on March 7, 1971 to Robert Vaughn and Kathy Ceaton in Paddington, London, England.
  7.  Robert Vaughn was an American actor, who became famous for his role as the suave spy Napoleon Solo in the 1960s series “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” His mother was a socialite.
  8.  He had thought that he was the child of a relationship between Ceaton and Vaughn until 2002, as his mother has never revealed otherwise.
  9.  However, a paternity investigation in the 1980s has already revealed that Vaughn was not his biological father, and that it was Robert Vaughn who asked for the child’s surname to be Vaughn.
  10.  His mother in 2002 revealed that his father was George Albert Harley de Vere Drummond, an English aristocrat who is a godson of King George VI.
  11.  While he still uses the surname of Vaughn for his professional life, he has changed his surname to de Vere Drummond in his personal life.
  12.  Matthew was educated at Sussex House School in London, before transferring to Stowe School in Buckingham, following which he took a one year gap.
  13.  He travelled around the world for a year on a Hard Rock Café tour, before joining the University College London. Around that time, he worked as an assistant to a film director in Los Angeles.
  14.  After returning to London, he began studying anthropology and ancient history at University College London, before dropping out just a few weeks later.
  15.  On the commentary for 2010 movie “Kick-Ass,” he has mentioned that he has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  16.  He first produced a low-budget thriller, “The Innocent Sleep,” when he was just 25 years old. He also served as a producer on his close friend Guy Ritchie's film “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.”
  17.  The movie, which was a critical and financial success, earned him and Ritchie, £9 million each. He also produced Ritchie's “Snatch” and “Swept Away.”
  18.  In the year 2004, he made his directorial debut with the movie “Layer Cake,” which was well received by the critics. This also earned him the chance to direct “X-Men: The Last Stand.”
  19.  While he was set to direct the 2006 movie “X-Men: The Last Stand,” he had to drop out due to family conflicts, and was replaced by Brett Ratner.
  20.  Vaughn claimed that the studio had pressurized him to complete the movie within a very short time period. Being a die-hard X-Men fan he had very badly wanted to do the movie.
  21.  In the year 2011, he directed and co-wrote the first film in the prequel trilogy of the “X-Men” film universe titled “X-Men: First Class.”
  22.  However, when he was approached with the chance, he was offered even less time to finish the movie, compared to the previous movie.
  23.  He was signed to return to direct the 2014 sequel, “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” but dropped out in favor of Bryan Singer. Still, he remained attached to the movie, by co-writing the script.
  24.  It was reported by Collider in March 2017, that Vaughn was the top choice to direct the “Man of Steel 2” movie. He even confirmed that he has been negotiations with the studio to take up the project in September that year.
  25.  But in March 2019, he stated in an interview that all the discussions related to the movie, with Warner Bros has ended, and that he was no longer involved with the development of the movie.
  26.  His next directorial project, was the 2015 movie “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” an adaptation of Mark Millar and David Gibbons's comic book “The Secret Service.”
  27.  The movie was scripted by Vaughn and Jane Goldman, his production company Marv Films produced it. He returned to direct, produce, and co-write the Kingsman sequel, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.”
  28.  He also directed and provided the story for the upcoming movie “The King’s Man,” the third installment in the franchise. The movie’s release was postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic.
  29.  He married German model Claudia Schiffer on May 25, 2002 in Suffolk. The couples have homs in Notting Hill, Coldham Hall, Northamptonshire, Stanningfield, London and Suffolk.
  30.  The couple have three children - son Caspar Matthew de Vere, and daughters Clementine Poppy and Cosima Violet. Caspar was born on January 30, 2003, Clementine was born on November 11, 2004, and Cosima was born on May 14, 2010.
  31.  Matthew Vaughn Net Worth: $30 Million

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