Tribute's Bonnie Laufer talks to Vince Vaughn about his psycho performance opposite John Travolta in Domestic Disturbance.
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Q: I have to say, Vince, that every time I see you in a movie I get the feeling watching you that you are having a really good time.
A: Well thanks a lot. I love acting, you know, and for me when you play a performance like that you just try to do as much preparation, but then when you get there you just try to be a live and react to what's going on.

Q: Now with this character, Rick Barnes, you've played nasty guys before, some who are a little wacko, but he seems like he might have been a bit of a challenge. You're almost playing two different guys in this. Was it one of your harder roles to do?
A: You know, really, for me it makes it easier and makes it more interesting when a character, regardless if they are good or bad or what moral side they fall on, when they have complications or set pieces that are very layered duality contradictions. It is easier to play for me because there is more going on.

Q: So it comes naturally? That's kind of frightening.
A: (laughs) As I've said before, even in a movie where I am the protagonist like Return To Paradise, I liked very much in that movie that my character had things that are at stake that he is battling with internally. Who is he? Even in that movie the character is struggling with what is the right thing to do and his identity. So I find that as an actor more interesting — and it's an easier performance as well because it occupies more of your interest, so you work harder on it.

Q: How much did director Harold Becker allow you to develop the character on your own?
A: Harold is a very bright guy and one thing that I liked about Harold was that he knew what he wanted so he would tell me what he wanted within his parameters and as a hired actor your job is to incorporate that into your performance. So he definitely had specific ideas for what he wanted in the movie. That being said, I would, within these parameters, sort of play and create.

Q: So, how did you like working with John Travolta?
A: I love John. He's the man. He was my hero as a kid so it was exciting to work with him.

Q: It must be interesting, when you grow up watching somebody in Saturday Night Fever, or Welcome Back Kotter ...
A: Or Urban Cowboy, Grease... Michael, Pulp Fiction.

Q: Yes, and then here you are making a movie with the guy.
A: I'll tell you, he was so easy going and self deprecating that I felt so comfortable with him and the other thing is when you are acting you are just playing your character and you are committed to that reality and so you are locked into that, but between scenes I'd be sitting down sometimes going 'man he was awesome in Grease, and I'm doing a movie with him.'

Q: Was it at all difficult doing those scenes were you are really mean to the young actor Matt O'Leary, who plays your stepson?
A: Matt's a very bright kid, a very adjusted kid who had a great sense of humour. We would joke and kid a lot. I think partially because the subject matter is so tense that you can't stay in that area the whole day. You have to break the tension, you know.

Q: I have to tell you that, by far this year, Made was one of my favourite movies.
A: Oh thank you.

Q: You were unbelievable in that film. Your character was such an idiot, so despicable and un-likeable. He almost made me walk out of the movie, yet I couldn''t wait to see what stupid thing he was going to do next.
A: (Vince laughs) Yes, he was fun to play.

Q: Of course, the film reunited you with your pal and Swingers co-star Jon Faverau. What is it about you and Jon? Why do you work so well together?
A: Well Jon and me have a common sensibility when it comes to comedy or storytelling tastes. I think that we are very down to earth with our approach to film making. We are actually going to start working on another movie together within the next month or so, a Western called The Marshall Revelation, which is about a Hassidic Jew in the old west who is a gun fighter played by Jon. So Favs is looking for the guy who killed his family but he's got payis and glasses and the whole thing going on and I am sort of his reluctant side kick I guess.

Q: Sounds like fun. Is it a comedy?
A: Yes. It's a comedy in the way that Swingers and Made were, meaning it's a character driven comedy.

Q: Did you ever, when you were making Swingers, think that it was going to be the movie that would launch your career?
A: I knew we liked it and I knew that we had the freedom because we made it for not that much money, so we didn't have to compromise anything about that movie. It was just about trying to get over a girl and meet new girls. So I knew that we really enjoyed it. But as far as the response and the way it was received, you can't really plan for that.