In an age where movies based on comic books are almost guaranteed box office success, "Kingsman: The Secret Service" stood out among the superheroes as a comic book film that earned its place among the top films of the year.
Taron Egerton took us by surprise as the action flick's unlikely super-spy, Eggsy Unwin. Stealing the spotlight from Colin Firth is no easy task, but Egerton, with his charm and humor, managed to make it look like a breeze. With a "Kingsman" sequel in the works, Egerton has cemented himself as a movie star, but the 25-year-old from Aberystwyth, Wales isn't quite ready to go Hollywood just yet.
Speaking to MTV News ahead of the film's DVD and Blu-ray release, Egerton gave us the scoop on the anticipated sequel and opened up about why he's not looking for a superhero role anytime soon.
MTV News: I think everybody is very excited that there is going to be a sequel. Have you even thought about where this story is going to go?
Taron Egerton: No, I don’t even know if I’m involved yet. I haven’t been officially asked or anything. I’ve heard those rumors, but I haven’t been spoken to about it yet. I don’t know where it would go. I think it’s definitely, scopes are expanding on the story that’s already been told, or whether it will be a new story. I don’t know… But, I’m very excited. Definitely.
MTV: I know when we spoke to Matthew Vaughn about it, he had expressed his interest in setting a sequel in America and taking the Kingsman to the states. Would you like that?
Egerton: I heard that myself. I don’t really know, but I think what the sort of international audience sort of connected with it was the kind of quintessential British-ness of it, whatever that is. So I think provided that’s not lost, I think it needs to retain some of the identity of the first one, because obviously, you know, a lot of the characters don’t make it to the finish line of the sequel. So provided it keeps enough of its identity from the original film then I think it could be a great idea, yeah, I know you had the idea that maybe Kingsman is an international organization, you know, so it could be very cool.
MTV: That’s a really good point. I think it needs to keep the British-ness about it.
Egerton: Yeah, I think it could be, think it could be very, very, very exciting.
MTV: Speaking of how "The Kingsman" was such a success, it became this sleeper action hit that no one saw coming. The action sequences were incredible. Did you have a favorite sequence in particular?
Egerton: They were all kind of very satisfying to do. They were super tough as well. It was great learning all those fight sequences, all the underwater sequences. It was very hard going watching it back. It’s incredibly rewarding. It looks incredible, it’s all over so quick and, you know, that’s kind of, I kind of take pleasure in the fact that it took so long to shoot, and it takes 40 seconds to watch. I do love the underwater sequence, because I just think it’s, I don’t know, I can’t think of any other scenes like it, really. It just sort of sets the pulse racing.
MTV: Obviously one of my favorite parts of the movie is JB, and I know working with an animal on set can be kind of harder than it looks. Was George a little bit of a diva on set?
Egerton: George was very good. I think it was his first time on screen. He came from a company that specializes in on-screen dogs. We’d kind of feed him little bits of hot dog sausage to get him to do what we wanted. But yeah, it was good. We kind of developed an understanding as the filming process went on. But it does make everything a little bit long, looking at the takes that involved having a dog on set. But he did very well. Very, very, very obedient.
MTV: Your name has been thrown out for a few different superhero-type roles. Would you ever consider going that route in your career?
Egerton: I mean, yes, I would. You know, these rumors, they're all conversations that have happened, but for me, I think, I’ve always had great faith in "Kingsman," and I’m really hoping that that in itself becomes an ongoing thing. I’m not sure that I want my life to consist of Hollywood franchises, to be honest. There are other types of work that I’m interested in, like theater and just more serious drama and I just don’t know, you know, because it’s a huge weight of responsibility that comes with films like that, with publicity and stuff. I would absolutely love to, one day, but for me with all of this that happened so quickly, you know, one year you’re a struggling actor, then you’re in a frame for something like Cyclops, that is quite a leap. I don’t want too much too soon, really. I just need to kind of make sure I’ve got a little bit of time to be little old me from Aberystwyth. I don’t have much desire to move to LA much yet. I don’t think you can expect it any time soon, but who knows what can happen in the future.
"Kingsman: The Secret Service" is available on DVD and Blu-ray starting June 9, 2015.