Every year at Sundance, the festival offers up a surprise screening and this year it was writer-director Stephen Merchant’s Fighting with My Family. The film is based on the experiences of real-life wrestler Paige, a.k.a. Saraya-Jade Bevis, and the 2012 documentary The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family. As you’ve probably seen in the well-cut trailer, Paige comes from a family of wrestlers and the film does a great job showcasing where she came from and how hard she worked to land a professional contract with the WWE. Florence Pugh plays Paige, Nick Frost plays her father, Lena Headey her mother, Jack Lowden her brother, Vince Vaughn her WWE trainer, and Dwayne Johnson not only produced the film, but also plays himself.
Shortly after seeing the film, I sat down with Vince Vaughn for an extended interview at the Collider studio at the Kia Supper Suite in Park City. He talked about being at Sundance for the first time, how he got involved in the project, what it was like being at WrestleMania, his reaction to the finished film, if Stephen made him audition, why he loves Iron Man, what he’s been asked to do early in a shoot that made him uncomfortable, the status of Dragged Across Concrete, and more.
In addition, he played “Get To Know Your Sundance Attendee” which includes a number of questions like what TV show they’d like to guest-star on, what’s his favorite fantasy or sci-fi movie, what film scared him as a kid, his first movie or TV show crush, if he prefers Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad, what got him interested in the entertainment industry, and a lot of other fun stuff.
I’d also like to take a moment to give special thanks to our Collider Studio partner, the all new 2020 Kia Telluride, which was transporting filmmakers to our studio in celebration of the debut of the all new model, Kia’s first eight-passenger SUV that is several inches longer and wider than the brand’s award-winning Sorento.
Libations flowing at the Collider studio and parties were provided by LIFEWTR, Tequila Comisario, Sensi Tuscany Wines, Blue Moon Belgian White and Dragonfly Coffee Roasters. Food during the evening parties was provided by Greene St. Kitchen of Palms Casino Resort helmed by Chef Du Cuisine Lanny Chin. Brand partners also active during the day-part include mou, a luxury footwear and accessories line, and The Wild Immersion endorsed by Jane Goodall who was on-site with the world’s first ‘virtual reserve’.
Check out what he had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about. Fighting with My Family is now playing in limited release and opens everywhere February 22nd.
- Is he a wrestling fan?
- How Rick Rubin with Def Jam took some wrestling selling points with heroes and villains to help promote their artists.
- Did Stephen make him audition for the role?
- Memorable moments from filming including filming at WrestleMania.
- What has he been asked to do early in a shoot that makes him uncomfortable?
- His reaction to the finished film.
- What was it like working with Stephen Merchant?
- Has he been to Sundance before?
- How Swingers and Made didn’t get into Sundance.
- Can he blend in at Sundance?
- Is he trying to see any movies at the Festival?
- What TV show would he like to guest-star on?
- Does he have a favorite sci-fi or fantasy film?
- Does he have a favorite superhero movie?
- What does he collect?
- How he used to play Dungeons and Dragons.
- His first movie or TV show crush.
- Does he own and movie or TV show props?
- Background photo on his phone.
What TV show has he watched all the way through more than once?
- Star Wars or Star Trek?
- Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad?
- Han Solo or Indiana Jones?
- What got him interested in the entertainment industry?
- What’s the status of Dragged Across Concrete?
- Would he rather see his movie before a festival premiere or go into the premiere screening blind?
- Would he rather walk around Sundance with no gloves or wet boots?
- Would he rather meet a new collaborator at a festival or reconnect with someone you’ve worked with before?
- Would you rather do festival interviews with a co-star that talks too much or not enough?
- Would you rather mess up every take yourself or have someone mess up your best take?
- Would he rather have to cry or laugh in a scene?