"People look at me like I'm a first-time director. It drives me insane. I've produced six movies." Matthew Vaughn
British film producer and director Matthew Vaughn has frequently collaborated with Guy Ritchie to produce his films, most notably “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” (1998) and “Snatch” (2000). He also directed the films “Layer Cake” (2004) and “Stardust” (2007). Next, he will direct the film adaptations of two Marvel comic book series, "Kick-Ass" and "Thor."
"Prep properly and you make a great movie." Matthew Vaughn
Son of an aristocrat, Matthew Vaughn has been married to German supermodel and actress Claudia Schiffer since 2002. The couple has one son and one daughter.
"If you give the audience what they expect, they'll be bored. There are no rules. You do what you want while respecting the boundaries. You don't poke people in the eye. You do things they haven't seen before and make it accessible, funny and clever." Matthew Vaughn
Childhood and Family:
Born in Beverly Hills, California, on March 7, 1971, Matthew De Vere Drummond grew up in London and was educated at the Stowe School in Buckingham, England, as well as the University College London, where he studied anthropology and ancient history.
His father, George Albert Harley Drummond, is a minor British aristocrat who is the godson to the late King George VI and godfather to model Jodie Kidd. Actor Robert Vaughn, who played Napoleon Solo in the television series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," was also believed to be Matthew's biological father. Robert Vaughn had always denied that he was Matthew's father and eventually proved scientifically and legally in the 1980s that he was not Matthew's biological father. Matthew's mother, Kathy Ceaton, had been in a relationship with Robert Vaughn at the time of Matthew's conception and birth. Matthew's Godfather is Peter Morton.
On May 25, 2002, Matthew married German supermodel and actress Claudia Schiffer (born August 25, 1970) in Suffolk. They have two children, son Caspar Matthew De Vere Drummond (born January 30, 2003) and daughter Clementine De Vere Drummond (born on November 11, 2004). Matthew was director Guy Ritchie's best man for his marriage to pop queen Madonna.
"Luck is a huge factor in my career. Most people are given opportunities. Lucky people recognize them and take them." Matthew Vaughn
After traveling the world on a Hard Rock Café tour and working as an assistant to a director in Los Angeles, Matthew Vaughn returned to England to attend college. However, the aspiring filmmaker returned to Los Angeles to start his career. In the mid 1990s, he made his producing debut with Scott Michell's thriller “The Innocent Sleep,” starring Annabella Sciorra and Michael Gambon.
In the late 1990s, Vaughn collaborated with Guy Ritchie to produce his gangster comedy “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” (1999; starring Jason Statham and Vinnie Jones), in which he also appeared as a yuppie in a car.
He went on to produce another of Guy Ritchie's gangster movie, “Snatch” (2001), which featured the ensemble cast of Jason Statham, Stephen Graham, Dennis Farina, Vinnie Jones, and Brad Pitt.
"If you chase an audience too hard, you end up making bland movies." Matthew Vaughn
In 2002, Vaughn partnered again with Ritchie to produce the remake of the 1974 Italian film "Swept Away by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August,” “Swept Away,” starring Ritchie’s wife Madonna. That same year, he also teamed up with Ritchie to co-produce the British comedy/drama starring Vinnie Jones, “Mean Machine,” an adaptation of the 1974 American movie "The Longest Yard.”
2004 saw Vaughn made his directorial debut with the gangster film based on a novel by J. J. Connolly, “Layer Cake,” starring Daniel Craig and Sienna Miller. For his work, Vaughn won an Empire Award for Best British Director. He also earned nominations at the BAFTA Awards (Carl Foreman Award for the Most Promising Newcomer), Empire Awards (for Best Newcomer), and British Independent Film Awards (Douglas Hickox Award).
After walking away from directing the film "X-Men: The Last Stand" (2006) due to family conflicts, Vaughn acquired the option to develop the film adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novella, “Stardust,” which featured Claire Danes, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Charlie Cox, Sienna Miller, and Rupert Everett. Released on August 10, 2007, the film won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form, in 2008.
Vaughn is currently working on a film version of the Marvel comic book series, "Kick-Ass," which he directs and co-wrote with Jane Goldman. The film is also being financed by Matthew Vaughn's MARV Films. He is also scheduled to direct another big screen adaptation of the Marvel comic book series, "Thor."
“If you've got the money, you can do anything on film these days. Nothing is impossible, which becomes boring to me. I used CG as a prop to the story, not the other way around.” Matthew Vaughn
Empire: Best British Director, "Layer Cake," 2005