Sunday Night Movie: Kingsman: The Secret Service

02 December 2015
A kickass film that combines action, adventure and British wit.

This kickass film combines action, adventure and British wit. Kingsman: The Secret Service is based on the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn.

Starring newcomer Taron Egerton as Gary 'Eggsy' Unwin and award-winning actor Colin Firth as consummate gentleman – and secret agent – Harry Hart, Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a young man headed for trouble. Eggsy lives in a housing estate in South London and seems destined for a life of crime. As it turns out, his late father was a member of an elite spy organisation and saved Harry’s life many years ago. Harry recognises Eggsy’s potential and decides to recruit him for the Kingsmen.

Eggsy and his fellow trainees embark on a terrifying but exhilarating training regime, which is nothing compared to the assignment they will have to face: Supervillain Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) hatches a plan to solve climate change via worldwide destruction and murder.

26-year-old Taron Egerton is still quite new on the Hollywood scene, and you might not have heard of him before Kingsman. Here are five things you didn’t know about the young Englishman.

1. His name was supposed to be Taran, a traditional Welsh name meaning ‘thunder’, but his mother misspelt it.

2. Ready to say ‘awww’? The first movie little Taron saw on the big screen was Bambi.

3. The first production he acted in as a teenager was A Midsummer Night’s Dream, where he played Flute, the crossdressing Mechanical.

4. He was named as one of GQ’s best-dressed British men this year.

5. Talking about Australian actor Hugh Jackman, his co-star in Eddie the Eagle, Taron said: “Have you seen his arms? They’re bigger than my head!”

Catch Kingsman: The Secret Service Sunday night at 20:05 on M-Net.

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