Seems the stars of 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' are very naughty boys offscreen as well as on.
The 1988 Winter Olympics was a great venue for lovable underdogs who would someday have their own movies. The new feel-good sports film Eddie the Eagle, about a real-life Brit named Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Taron Egerton) who was determined to compete in the Olympics without any discernible athletic gifts, and who ultimately ends up ski-jumping at the ‘88 games in Vancouver. The connection wasn’t lost on Eagle’s filmmakers, who place a quick but inspired shout-out to the island bobsledders (played in Runnings by Leon, Doug E. Doug, Malik Yoba, and Rawle D. Lewis, and coached by the late John Candy) when Eddie’s begrudging trainer (played by Hugh Jackman) turns off a radio just as a newscaster begins to announce one of Jamaica’s runs.
Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards is not a household name in the U.S. — and frankly, said Hugh Jackman, that’s the reason why a biopic about the British Olympian was kicking around Hollywood for 15 years before it got made. Jackman and friends are hoping that changes with the inspirational new sports drama Eddie the Eagle, which premiered to cheers last night as the surprise, unofficial screening at the Sundance Film Festival. The film stars Kingsman breakout Taron Egerton as Edwards, who, despite his working-class London background and severe athletic shortcomings, was so determined to become an Olympian that trained himself how to ski jump in less than a year and found loopholes in the entry process enabled him to compete in the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary.
X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn’s new spy film, Kingsman: The Secret Service, has been one of the quiet success stories of early 2015 — except in South Korea, where the cartoonishly violent flick starring Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson has become a breakout hit and cultural sensation. Since its mid-February release, the R-rated action movie has made $298 million worldwide, with nearly $40 million of that coming in South Korea. The film, which was adapted from a 2012 comic book by prolific writer Mark Millar, features youngster Taron Egerton as a street-wise kid who gets recruited into a top secret spy agency in the UK by Colin Firth.