Kingsman: The Golden Circle left more than an hour of action on the cutting room floor

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Mar 25, 2021, 8:00 PM EDT (Updated)

Critics are a bit mixed on Kingsman: The Golden Circle, though pretty much all of them seem to agree the film is a big ol’ powder keg of insane action. Well, turns out there’s a lot more where that came from.

Director Matthew Vaughn told Collider he went a little overboard when putting together his Kingsman sequel, and the first cut was apparently 3 hours and 40 minutes long. Yeah, just let that sink in for a minute. The studio pitched cutting the film into two parts, but instead, Vaughn managed to slim it down to a not-so-lean two and a half hours. So what about that 1+ hours of footage left on the cutting room floor? Vaughn is hanging onto it, and if the film proves to be a hit, he’s considering putting together an insanely long director’s cut.

Check out an excerpt from Vaughn’s comments below:

“But maybe I can do another cut. Some of the stuff we cut out was so good, as well, that I was very sad to see it cut. Normally when I edit, stuff that’s not good enough just gets cut out and it’s pretty quick to get down to a manageable length. You just go ‘Yeah that doesn’t really work.’ This time it was like, ‘That really works.’

I never really put deleted scenes on. I always say about filmmaking it’s like eating sausages, it’s best not to really know how we do it, I think it ruins the magic. I might do another cut of this film. I don’t think I’ll do deleted scenes, because obviously you don’t really understand the context, how it fits in, and they don’t polish them up properly. But I think it could be pretty cool to do a Kingsman: The Golden Circle – Version 2, it might be fun. If people see this I’ve got a real—and also that will spark some real debate about what I cut out and why, and I’m sure some people will say I was an idiot for doing it.”

The Golden Circle is shaping up to be one of the biggest action extravaganzas of the year, and though an action flick clocking in at just under four hours sounds positively insane (and likely a bit too long), it’d be fascinating to see all the set pieces that didn’t make the cut.

What do you think? Should this stuff stay in the vault, or do we really need a 3 hour and 40 minute cut of a Kingsman movie?

(Via Collider)