Taron Egerton may not be a name you know, but with the release of Kingsman: The Secret Service this Thursday, we’re fairly certain this is soon going to change.
The 25 year old stars alongside Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Caine (we’re pretty sure you know these) in Matthew Vaughn’s latest action film about secret agents.
Based upon the acclaimed comic book, Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organisation that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
And speaking about the new film on Jonathan Ross at the weekend, the actor reveals that the training and stunts were a far cry from working in his local Peacocks as he was growing up.
Taron, who grew up in Wales, is a Royal Academy of Dramatic Art-trained actor and in 2012 he graduated with a BA (Hons) in Acting, since then he had roles in Lewis and The Smoke on TV and then moved to movies with a role in Testament of Youth and now Kingsman: The Secret Service.
But starring alongside such greats as Jackson and Caine wasn’t that intimidating for the Welshman, speaking to the Huffington Post he said: “They all made a real effort to make me feel relaxed, and (as far as possible) forget how iconic they all are. In terms of being taken under anyone’s wing it was probably Colin because we spent the most time together.
“He and I chatted a lot outside of work. He was always texting me to make sure I was okay, or any advice I needed. Colin really guided me throughout the whole process. He was super cool.”
But it wasn’t all glamour on set, he told Interview magazine: “I hit myself in the face with a machine gun at one point, and my foot got infected from having to film an underwater scene in a tank.”
We imagine all of the other perks helped to balance that out, the actor was put up in a hotel close to the studio where they were filming whilst shooting the movie and when he auditioned for the role in front of Vaughn at his home, Vaughn’s partner, Claudia Schiffer no less, offered to make him a sandwich.
And as well as great talent it looks like Taron’s a gentleman too, his Oscar-winning co-star Colin Firth shared his opinions on the actor to Interview magazine: “Taron’s got a great deal of grace and humility and as a colleague he treats everybody extremely well.”
So, what’s next for him?
We’ll see him star alongside Tom Hardy in Legend, a crime thriller about identical twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray. Taron can barely control his excitement about the film and Tweeted this just the other day.
— Taron Egerton (@TaronEgerton) January 26, 2015
And then he starts work on a new film about 80s Olympic ski-jumper Eddie ‘The Eagle’ in a film about his life. He will appear alongside X-Men star Hugh Jackman, who’s lined up to play Edwards’ real-life US mentor, while Dexter Fletcher is rumoured to be in the director’s chair.
Kingsman: The Secret Service is sure to catapult Taron’s fame after the release and one thing we know he’ll be looking forward to as a result, tailored suits.
Speaking to GQ, he revealed: “I think I have developed a certain taste for them – particularly ones designed to fit every contour of your body. It feels like it clicks into place.”
And we’re sure your career is going to click into place too.
Kingsman: The Secret Service is out in cinemas Thursday January 29