Elton John almost had a cameo in the Spy Spoof ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’.The English singer and pianist could have been getting rave reviews just like What a Girl Wants star Colin Firth is or his energetic performance in the ultra-violent new spy caper,
A spy organization 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.
Director Matthew Vaughn was trying to make this happen, but as he explained plans fell through for John’s cameo.
during a recent interview with ABC News Radio, saying he’d written a handful of scenes for John, but was ultimately forced to cut them from the script because they just didn’t work.
“I was umming and ahhing ’cause it had a whole fun subplot about celebrities being kidnapped. And I had an idea of, who’s the worst celebrity you’d want to have locked in a cell? And I came up with Elton John,” said Vaughn. “Having Elton John throwing these huge tantrums. And then I wanted to do an action scene of Elton John kicking the living daylights out of people.”
It sounds like a comedy goldmine (and the kind of thing Elton knows how to do pretty well in real life, too), but Vaughn ran into too many problems along the way. “First of all, the celebrities said no,” he pointed out. “And then I just got uncomfortable with, how do you have celebrities playing themselves, opposite famous actors playing another role? The suspension of disbelief suddenly becomes harder to pull off.”