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Hall H got a lesson in being a gentleman Thursday — as well as a lesson in how to drink fine whiskey from Halle Berry.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle showed off new footage from the film, including an extended chase scene that sees Eggsy (Taron Egerton) fending off Charlie (Edward Holcroft), a former Kingsman from the first film. The chase-scene/fight has plenty of James Bond-esque moments, including a knife-boot and a car that turns into a submarine.
Matthew Vaughn, who appeared via a video message, directs the sequel, the first time he’s ever helmed a follow-up to one of his films. Egerton appeared in Hall H alongside co-stars Colin Firth, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal and Jeff Bridges. Also at the panel: comic book legend (and Kingsman artist) Dave Gibbons and screenwriter Jane Goldman.
This time around, the Kingsmen head to Kentucky after their U.K headquarters is destroyed. They must seek help from some U.S. counterparts (the Statesmen), who also have a still-alive Harry (Firth).
Firth remained mum on how his character was alive after appearing to die in the 2015 original: “It’s a mystery to me. I’m in the trailer.”
He continued to deflect questions about his character throughout the panel: “To say anything about what I do feels like a spoiler. I had a different task in this one. That’s all I can say.”
Egerton said the fun you see on screen is reflected in the making of the movie.
“Matthew creates a sprit of fun. It’s a dream job,” he said, but he admitted it can get a bit rough.
“You get hurt a little bit,” he said, explaining his hand got injured in the car chase sequence when it got caught in a car door and when he got punched square in the face in a fight sequence.
While the movie, and the clips shown, were heavy on cool action, Firth made it a point to say any action movie, has to be more than that,” said firth. “If you’re not rooting for someone, it kind of dries up after a while. And Matthew is really good at drawing that out. It’ s got that dynamic stuff but it’s got some handkerchief moments.”
The panelists really got into the Kentucky spirit of it all, with them pouring whiskey for one another (Berry earned huge applause by appearing to chug a glass of whiskey). The cast also showed off another clip, which featured Tatum’s character giving Eggsy quite the Southern welcome. Finally, there was a third clip showing off a witty introduction to Julianne Moore’s villain Poppy, who has a ‘50s aesthetic.
Many fans expected Fox would trot out its X-Men movies (Deadpool 2, New Mutants and Dark Phoenix are all due out in 2018), but that didn’t happen during the studio’s panel, which focused exclusively on Kingsman. Some fans were disappointed, but many others got plenty of fun and wit served by Vaughn in the three extended clips that showcased the pop, humor and style of the upcoming movie.
In addition to the new trailer released earlier Thursday (see the top of the post), Fox unveiled a new Kingsman crossover with Archer.
The fully-animated short, which opened Fox’s Hall H presentation at Comic-Con, lets Sterling Archer loose in the Kingsmen HQ … which goes about as well as would be expected. Some spies just can’t hold their liquor.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle opens Sept. 22.
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