Kingsman: The Golden Circle hit theaters last Friday and now that fans have had a chance to take in the film, director Matthew Vaughn is revealing the scenes from the sequel that were the hardest to film.
In a recent interview with Vulture, Vaughn immediately noted that the opening taxicab fight scene was the hardest to shoot, but the movie's most controversial scene was equally difficult.
"The opening taxicab fight," Vaughn said. "That opening scene was very difficult. The scene with Eggsy trying to place a bug into a person was incredibly hard to shoot as well."
According to Vaughn, making the taxicab scene required a "a lot of planning" and "a lot of taxis" as well as for the crew to build special cabs for the scene that frequently broke down during night shoots in London. Despite the difficulty of that specific scene, however, Vaughn went even further, explaining that when it came to making a sequel -- any sequel -- it wasn't just individual scenes that stood out to him but that the whole of making the movie presented its own challenges, especially when it came to fan expectations.
"And just making a sequel," Vaughn said. "By the way, the whole thing was very hard. This was the hardest movie I’ve ever made. It’s not easy making sequels. What’s hard about making a sequel is people see a sequel expecting to see what they liked in the first film, but if you do too much of what they liked in the first film, you’re boring and unoriginal and repetitive. It’s a balancing act, so that was hard."
It's a balancing act that Vaughn seems to have mastered, at least when it comes to one particular scene. In what is likely Kingsman: The Golden Circle's most controversial scene, Eggsy (Taron Egerton) travels to Glastonbury, tasked with placing a tracking device on Clara (Poppy Delevingne) in a very intimate location. Vaughn acknowledged that there are people who are unhappy with the scene, but also explained just how technically challenging it was to film.
"Well, that’s the beauty of filmmaking, isn’t it?" Vaughn said. "We had to get a lens made, we had to get a camera position dollying very close to someone’s body, but you didn’t want to hurt them by mistake. Having to use Eggsy and then another hand, because it got quite intimate, as you’d say, and making that seamless. It was one of those things that could have been a disaster. In some people’s minds, I know that they think it’s a disaster already because they didn’t like it, which is fine and I respect it, but other people do like it."
However, one scene that fans do like, but perhaps the stars didn't like as much to make is ski gondola scene. Vaughn explained that he took the cast and crew up to the top of an actual mountain to make it, resulting in a beautiful scene for the film but altitude sickness for the cast and crew.
"We all went to the top of the mountain to shoot it and after about 20 minutes half the crew went back down," Vaughn explained. "I’m lucky I didn’t get it, but half the crew was like, 'Oh my God,' and then I got poor Taron and [co-star] Pedro [Pascal] and I’m, saying 'Run now, run left, run there.' They’re like, 'Dude, we can’t breathe, let alone run, and we’ve got ski boots on!' I’m like, 'Ah, just do it.'"
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is in theaters now.