We know Vince Vaughn crashes weddings, grabs life by the balls and eats ice cream in a way that mother we never approve of. But until yesterday, Tuesday, 2:30EST in the Street Office, we did not know that Vince Vaughn participates in Google Hangouts with college journalists.
Thank you for chatting with us, Vince. We love you even more than we did when you showed us how to land an internship.
Besides putting a face to his favorite journalists, the main point of this Google Hangout was to promote his soon–to–be–released comedy, Unfinished Business. In the film, Vaughn gets fired by his femme fatale boss and consequently starts a business with Dave Franco and Tom Wilkinson. To land the "most important deal of their lives" (according to IMDB), the trio must endure a sex convention, language barriers and James Marsden.
But in the Google Hangout, the actor said that the real Vince Vaughn never put money first.
In fact, Vince Vaughn knew that he wanted to be Vince Vaughn by the time he was a high school senior. And so, he skipped college to pursue acting.
“I approached life backwards,” he remarked in his DILF monotone, unmistakable even over video chat. “I didn’t think of how I could make a living. I just kept investigating my passion and kept working at it."
Not everyone is lucky enough to have a life plan at age 18. (We're at Penn because we don't have a plan.) So what advice does Vaughn have for "someone in college who doesn’t have any idea what they want to do?"
“Don’t let other peoples’ wants or results dictate your process. The main thing is that you land on something you feel good about," advised the small business owner/Google intern/Loki in the TV version of Hercules. "You don’t have to commit to something today and then follow that choice for 15 years. You’re going to change your goals [and] your interest.”
For Vince, that change is happening as we communicate across the magic of Google Hangouts. While working on Unfinished Business, he also worked on True Detective, pulling the Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus card: gravitating between criminal Frank Semyon on TV and Daniel Trunkman on the big screeen. But even though we mostly know Vaughn as a Fred Claus-esque comedy actor, True Detective marks a return to his dramatic roots.
When Vaughn originally auditioned for Old School, haters (read: the studio) “didn’t want [him] because they didn’t feel like [he] could do comedies.”
Vince shuns the non-believers. “Once I did Old School, I went on a longer run of doing mainly comedies.”
Balancing life as actual Vince Vaughn, Vince Vaughn in Unfinished Business and Vince Vaughn on True Detective isn't an identity crisis.“I feel really excited to get on a different tone…It’s fun to mix it up," he smiles, commenting on life as three different Vince Vaughns.
Vince addresses his different roles with the slogan, “Dying is easy; comedy is hard.” When “you have to make people laugh, you have to do something harder than what you do in drama," he notes. And so, for Vince, “dramas are less intimidating than approaching a comedy.”
So he’s made people cry on the small screen, while making them pee their pants at The Rave and hung out with college journalists, what else does Vince Vaughn want to accomplish?
He wants to “find the sparkle.” But he has no idea where that sparkle lives.
“I’ve never had much of a plan.” He comments before ending the video chat. “I just listen to myself…have the best experience, grow from it, find the material and people that excite [me].”
And with that, Vince Vaughn finishes his unfinished business.