Vince Vaughn is a renaissance man. Not only does he star in hit movies, but he develops the scripts and helps produce them as well. Such is the case especially with The Break-Up which was his pet project for 10 years.
Vaughn Talks Swinging, Crashing and Breaking Up
“I'm thankful that I get a chance to do it all,” Vaughn said of his various occupations. “They're also kind of related depending on how you work it. I just refer to my background and how I started with Swingers and how we were all so collaborative and even in Wedding Crashers, you know, most of my lines I would write in that and even scenes and that whole third act is stuff that me and Owen came up with, with me marrying the girl and all that stuff. And I've been lucky that whether it's Dobkin or even Phillips on Old School, I've always been allowed to collaborate and do stuff.”
Do not misunderstand, it’s not about getting all the credit for Vaughn. “I think that they all coincide and are relatable and it's not always about 'credit for this' or 'credit for that' or 'do this' or 'do that.' My way of working, even in Swingers when I wasn't credited, I was very collaborative in the writing and decision making, all of us were, it's just the way that I like to work, knowing that you always can go for what is the best. But it's very fair to take ideas and let everyone take the journey.”
Vaughn has several credits on The Break-Up, but that was more about using his clout to protect his other collaborators. “The only reason [I took credit] on The Break-Up, it was kind of an idea that I knew it would be a more difficult type of movie to get through a development stage, so the writers wrote it and I collaborated with them, so we had a finished script that we could go out and say, 'This is what we're shooting, buy it or don't buy it,' so that I wouldn't be in a situation of trying to develop it and scenes like the strip poker scene not be in the movie. There's just a lot stuff that probably, just because it's different, we'd have had a harder time coming to the screen.”
Even though The Break-Up is the opposite of most “boy meets girl” stories, it wasn’t as hard to push as Vaughn’s earlier films. Setting it in Chicago seemed like a novelty compared to the slang of Swingers.
“One thing that we learned from Swingers, we had a lot of pressure when we ended up making the movie for nothing, but people said, 'People will never respond to this musical backdrop. The kids aren't into it. There's much more of a grunge music. This way talking, people don't understand it.' But my thought and Favreau's thought, was always 'The more specific you are, the more universal you are.' So, for me, accents and ways that people talk or perhaps their job occupations, the Midwest is not as much of a fashion oriented place, people are not in the fashion industry as much as they are in Los Angeles or New York, but I think the dynamics are very similar.”
With so much of Vaughn’s efforts invested in The Break-Up, he tries not to get too hung up on its box office prospects. “You hope it does well but my way of dealing with it is to get involved in a new project or focus on something that you kind of have a say in and the rest of it, you do your best with it, but you don't have that much control over it. It's just kind of healthier, I think, to not worry about it. I had the good fortune, when I was younger, of having some movies that didn't do as well, so it's like I've been through that, I understand that, and I've had some that have done well. You just can't make that out to be your biggest priority, I don't think.”
The Break-Up opens on June 2nd.
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