Director Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, Snatch) is making a feature adaptation of the classic 1960s TV series, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which was remarkable for pairing the American character, Napoleon Solo and the Russian, Illya Kuryakin as two spies who work together for a fictitious international espionage and law-enforcement agency called U.N.C.L.E. at the height of The Cold War.
Says Vaughn, “In the 40 years since the show went off the air, every year somebody has said they were going to make a new The Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie and no one ever did until this one, so it was quite surprising.”
In Ritchie’s movie, British actor Henry Cavill (Immortals, Cold Light of Day, Man of Steel) plays super spy Napoleon Solo, while Armie Hammer (Lone Ranger, The Social Network) will portray Illya Kuryakin, his fellow agent in the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. Joining the cast is Hugh Grant (Cloud Atlas) as U.N.C.L.E. boss Alexander Waverly, Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby), Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) and Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes).
Henry Cavill has big boots to fill, but Vaughn is not worried, even complimenting him. “I’m sure he’ll be fine. He’s an attractive actor. I’ve seen him wearing the Superman suit. The main thing he has to have to make the character work is a sense of humor. That’s what we always said… no matter how dire the situations were, the humor was the thing that helped us prevail.”
Vaughn says he has not been approached by Ritchie or Warner Bros. to make a cameo in the new film, but would take the opportunity if it arose.
In an interesting twist, Robert Vaughn played the villainous Ross Webster in 1983’s Superman III (coincidentally the same year Henry Cavill was born) and now Cavill is playing his iconic character in a movie. “Well, it’s ironic and I think it’s kind of sweet in a way.”
Mr. Vaughn has not seen the Man of Steel movie yet, but from the teasers he’s seen, he’s on board with Henry Cavill as Superman. “He looked wonderful. He’s a very good Superman type.”
Robert Vaughn can be seen in London when the production of Twelve Angry Men opens in November. The show runs through March of 2015.
To listen to a portion of the phone interview from London with Robert Vaughn, click play below.
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