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Matthew De Vere Drummond
7 March 1971, London, England, UK
Matthew Vaughn is an English film producer and director. He is known for producing such films as _Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)_ (qv) and _Snatch. (2000)_ (qv) and for directing the crime thriller, _Layer Cake (2004)_ (qv), the fantasy epic, _Stardust (2007)_ (qv), the superhero comedy, _Kick-Ass (2010)_ (qv), and the superhero film, _X-Men: First Class (2011)_ (qv). Vaughn was educated at Stowe School in Buckingham, England. Taking a gap year between Stowe and university, he traveled the world on a Hard Rock Cafe tour and landed in Los Angeles, U.S. Here, he began working as an assistant to a director. He returned to London, attending University College London where he studied anthropology and ancient history. But the film bug had taken hold. He dropped out of university after a few weeks and returned to Los Angeles to start his career. He quickly realized, however, that everyone in town was trying to do the same thing, so he crossed back over the Atlantic to make a name for himself in England. At 25, he produced a little-seen thriller, _The Innocent Sleep (1996)_ (qv), starring 'Annabella Sciorra' (qv) and 'Michael Gambon' (qv). Vaughn continued as a producer on close friend 'Guy Ritchie' (qv)'s film, _Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)_ (qv). The film was a success in all aspects; earning Vaughn and Ritchie £9 million each. Vaughn would go on to produce Ritchie's equally acclaimed _Snatch. (2000)_ (qv) and the critically-mauled, _Swept Away (2002)_ (qv). Vaughn made his directorial debut in 2004 with _Layer Cake (2004)_ (qv). The film was well-received and its success led to Vaughn being tapped to direct _X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)_ (qv) but he later dropped out only two weeks before filming began. Vaughn was, subsequently, very critical of 'Brett Ratner' (qv)'s direction of _X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)_ (qv) (aka X-Men 3). Vaughn next directed _Stardust (2007)_ (qv) and a movie adaption of 'Mark Millar (I)' (qv)'s Kick-Ass. He was also in talks to direct an adaptation of "Thor", but left that project. In May 2010, 20th Century Fox confirmed that Vaughn will direct _X-Men: First Class (2011)_ (qv) and announced the film will be released on June 3, 2011. Vaughn is best known for starting his career working as a producer for the 'Guy Ritchie' (qv) films, _Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)_ (qv), _Snatch. (2000)_ (qv) and _Swept Away (2002)_ (qv). 'Jane Goldman (I)' (qv) is one the screenwriters who Vaughn collaborated with for the films, _Stardust (2007)_ (qv), _Kick-Ass (2010)_ (qv) and the upcoming _X-Men: First Class (2011)_ (qv). The actors that Vaughn usually works with in his films are 'Jason Statham' (qv), 'Vinnie Jones' (qv), 'Jason Flemyng' (qv), 'Adam Fogerty' (qv), 'Sienna Miller' (qv), 'Brad Pitt' (qv) (as a producer on _Kick-Ass (2010)_ (qv)), 'Mark Strong (II)' (qv), 'Robbie Gee' (qv), 'Alan Ford (I)' (qv), 'Tamer Hassan' (qv) and 'Dexter Fletcher (I)' (qv). Vaughn's wife is German supermodel 'Claudia Schiffer' (qv), whom he married in Shimpling, Suffolk, in 2002. The couple have three children: son Caspar Matthew (born 30 January 2003), daughter Clementine de Vere Drummond (born 11 November 2004) and a second daughter, Cosima Violet (born 14 May 2010). They have homes in Suffolk and Notting Hill. He has hired ex-Gurkha soldiers for security for him and his wife following reports of stalkers apparently intruding their house.

-   'Claudia Schiffer' (qv) (25 May 2002 - present); 3 children

-   Was 'Guy Ritchie' (qv)'s best man for his marriage to 'Madonna' (qv).

-   Son, Caspar Matthew De Vere Drummond, was born on January 30, 2003 in London weighting in at 7 pounds.

-   His biological father is George De Vere Drummond, an English aristocrat who is a godson of 'King George VI' (qv). Matthew Vaughn adopted his surname for business purposes. His professional name Vaughn derives from his mother's association with 'Robert Vaughn (I)' (qv), who had been believed to be his biological father.

-   Daughter, Clementine De Vere Drummond, was born on November 11, 2004 in London. She weighed 7lbs 2oz.

-   Grew up in London.

-   Godfather is 'Peter Morton (I)' (qv).

-   Worked with music video producer 'Simon Fields' (qv).

-   Dropped out of university after a few weeks.

-   He was set to direct _X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)_ (qv) but dropped out due to family conflicts. 'Brett Ratner' (qv) replaced him.

-   Mentions in the Audio commentary for _Layer Cake (2004)_ (qv) that he is color blind.

-   Was set to direct _Thor (2011)_ (qv) but dropped out.

-   In the DVD commentary for _Stardust (2007)_ (qv) he mentions that he named Captain Shakespeare's flying boat Caspartine after his children Caspar and Clementine.

-   Second daughter was born on May 14, 2010 in London.

-   Close friend of 'Mark Strong (II)' (qv).

-   (2004) DVD commentary with 'Guy Ritchie' (qv) for _Snatch. (2000)_ (qv).

-   People look at me like I'm a first-time director. It drives me insane. I've produced six movies.

-   Luck is a huge factor in my career. Most people are given opportunities. Lucky people recognize them and take them.

-   Prep properly and you make a great movie.

-   Making the movie was the time of my life. It's like I was drinking out of a box wine, and here's a 1988 Latour with a great piece of steak and foie gras and cheese -- pure delight and amazement.

-   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.

-   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.

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