Kingsman 2 Director Is Very Annoyed You Know Colin Firth's Character Is Alive

Even though directors are in charge of creating movies, selling those movies to people is usually none of their business. Sometimes that can have consequences, like how the "Bohemian Rhapsody" trailer for Suicide Squad reportedly led to a rewrite of the movie's tone and structure. In other cases, it can actual spoil your biggest reveal -- something Kingsman: The Golden Circle director Matthew Vaughn knows all too well.

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In an interview with IGN, Vaughn called it "stupidity" that the trailer revealed Colin Firth's Harry Hart was actually alive, even though he'd been killed in the first Kingsman movie. And it wasn't an ambiguous, never-found-the-body kind of death -- he was shot in the face. So bringing him back for the sequel was obviously going to be a big deal, and one that Vaughn wishes would have been kept out of the promotional material.

I begged the studio not to reveal it. Because it's the whole driving force of the first act and if you didn't know that scene it would have made the whole audience gasp. So you have to ask the lovely marketing guys because I think their job is to open the movie and don't really care about the experience of the movie.

Vaughn added that he plans on being far more involved in marketing for his movies in the future, which seems like the best lesson to take away from all of this. Kingsman: The Golden Circle is in theatres today, along with Colin Firth.

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    And that spoiler doesn’t bother you?

    Moron.

      What spoiler? That Firth's character is still alive? It's been spoiled to hell and back because of the trailers so much it's no longer a spoiler. If you're referring to the fact he was shot in the face during the first movie, well that was about three years ago. In my book that's long enough to negate any spoiler warning.

      Back on the article, it's a great point that Vaughn raises. I didn't realise that the director had so little say over the marketing material and promos. Seems strange to me that a director can be trying to aim for an emotional impact with something then have it completely ruined by marketing. The producers need a kick in the pants.

        I watch very few trailers for the simple fact that they give too much say.

        It is a major spoiler, and the headline and article need to reflect that.

          Don't watch TV at the moment then because every ad for Kingsman spoils it, and they've had a ton of them lately. I get what you're saying, but I don't think you can blame the author of the article when it's been blatantly spoiled on all the trailers and posters so that it's basically become common knowledge.

    I said the same thing when I first saw Harry alive in the trailer. I was like "WTF IF THEY HAD KEPT THAT TO THEMSELVES THAT WOULD'VE BEEN A SICK REVEAL".

    Alas the movie has a lot more problems than just a poor marketing team. While the first Kingsman was a stellar action comedy that parodied the spy movie genre with tongue in cheek references and enjoyable action scenes, the sequel has way too much fall back humour as well as pacing issues. Also while the villain is kind of good in a psycho kind of way, her plan makes no sense as well as it not mattering anyways the way the plot works out. The main henchman is also a pale shadow of the girl with the swords for legs. 6/10 for me. Still made me laugh at a few times but yeah left feeling disappointed :(

      I want to know how she implemented the delay timer for infection

      I'm not too worried by villain motivation in a movie like this, like a lot of the older Bond flicks I just automatically assume "crazy person" and roll with it.

      As for the henchman, it's hard to top Sofia Boutella's character, and I'm not sure they should try. Otherwise you get into a crazy escalation game where each movie has to be more and more nuts (again Bond with Oddjob, Jaws, Scaramanga etc).

    Maybe not wanting or expecting the reveal in the trailer would have lessened the fact the movie wastes so much damn time on this plot point.

    Lifehack Visitor Is Very Annoyed he Knows Colin Firth's Character Is Alive.

    Thanks very much Beth... What an idiot!

    Completely agree. Haven't seen it yet but I felt disappointed when they revealed this in the trailers. Feels like marketing is completely disconnected from the film itself.

    Saw this film yesterday, and to be honest, it didn't bother me. Actually the film kind of sets it up with dialogue leading up to the reveal.

    Probably would have had some news website leak it anyway, with the actors name being on the movie imdb or spotted on set

      Yeah but that would just have led to speculation not outright "this is what happens" since he could be filming a flashback or a historical footage or something. That would have led to a *better* buzz.

    Did anyone see the Tag Heuer ad before the movie?

    I was fuming that they showed and had all those scenes.
    Pee'd me off something bad

      Watched it last night and couldn't believe they show a massive amount of the action in the movie in that advertisement. They couldn't contract to have a small scene in a bar like the do for every Bond movie and their ads for heineken?

    Saw the movie with 2 friends last night. After the movie we talked about what we like and my friend who hadnt seen any trailers loved the reveal, while I sat there a little jealous wishing it wasn't spoiled in the trailer, or you know, in the headline of this article

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