First sequel directed by Matthew Vaughn, who started in the film industry as a producer, in 1996. Then, in 2003, after watching Outstanding, Great, Amazing, Perfect! (2003) (with the actor and singer Gustavo Goulart performing the main role) in an independent film festival, he realized he could have a good time directing actors, too. One year later, he made his debut as Director.
Third film of 2017 to feature the song 'Take Me Home, Country Roads' by John Denver. The other films to feature the song are Alien: Covenant, and Logan Lucky (which also stars Channing Tatum). The director, Matthew Vaughn, was shocked when he found out about how popular Denver and his songs had become in 2017 films, with him saying he "...wrote John Denver into the script two and a half years ago thinking 'No one really talks about John Denver anymore.'"
This marks the third time that actor Bruce Greenwood has played the United States President. He previously played President John F. Kennedy in Thirteen Days (2000) and a fictitious U.S. President in National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007). Greenwood can never actually run for President in real life because he was born in Canada.
Mark Strong, who plays Merlin, provides the voice-over for Vue Cinemas in the UK and Ireland with regards to cinema etiquette. Exclusively for "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" screenings, he delivers the etiquette message in character as Merlin, reminding audiences to switch off their phones in his own unique style.
Fox originally planned to have the world premiere of the movie in New York on September 12, but canceled it to help out with the Hurricane Harvey relief. Instead of holding the event, they donated the money budgeted for the Kingsman soiree to the Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief telethon that same night.
The original cut of the movie had total runtime of 3 hours and 40 minutes. The movie had so many added scenes during production that FOX even asked director Matthew Vaughn if he wanted to split the movie into two separate movies. Vaughn shot that idea down and edited it down to 2 hours and 21 minutes. The movie is expected to have an extended cut on Blu Ray.
Taron Egerton was one of the final two actors along with Alden Ehrenreich in contention for the lead role in the Untitled Han Solo Movie but was forced to drop out when production for this film was greenlit sooner than expected.
Vaughn revealed that he and Goldman have a third Kingsman film planned. In the September 2017 edition of Total Film, Vaughn revealed that his personal choice for the role of the villain of Kingsman 3 is Dwayne Johnson. Vaughn has also revealed that with the success of the Kingsman trilogy that he was interested in making a Statesman spin-off.
The non-field agents in the Kingsman and Statesman organizations have codenames that are outliers within the naming scheme. In the Kingsmen, Arthur, Galahad and Lancelot are Knights of the Round Table, while Merlin is not. In the Statesmen, Whiskey, Tequila and Champagne are alcoholic beverages, while Ginger Ale is not.
The original subtitle was The Golden Triangle, named after the area that borders Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. However, when the film was test screened three times, the filmmakers found out that no one in the test audience had heard of the area's geography nor the history with that title. It was then decided to change the word Triangle to Circle.
The original idea for the first film's comic book about the American Secret Service who call themselves "Uncle Sam." In the sequel, the Kingsman are teaming up with their American counterpart who call themselves the Statesman.
The villain, played by Julianne Moore, is called Poppy for the plant from which opium is extracted. The real life name of the actress playing Clara in the film is Poppy Delevingne. She is also Cara Delevingne's older sister.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
At the wedding scene at the end of the film, Harry claims that one of their founding agents once said "this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning". This quote was famously said by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, seemingly implying that Churchill was involved in the founding of Kingsman.
Taron Egerton declined to shoot the graphic scene where Eggsy has to plant a tracking devise inside the villain's girlfriend. The hand that we see getting intimate with actress Poppy Delevingne actually belongs to her husband. Egerton revealed: "I said to Matthew [Vaughan] 'I'm not comfortable doing this'. So it's not my hand - it's Poppy's husband's hand. He saved the world."
According to Mark Strong and Matthew Vaughn, Merlin was going to survive the mine explosion at the cost of his legs. The ending allegedly involved him humorously crawling through the door of the diner after Whiskey's death to ask Eggsy and Harry for assistance, and then showing up at the wedding with prosthetic legs. Vaughn decided to cut these scenes after test screenings, as he explained that the audiences felt "cheated" when Merlin's emotional and heroic last stand was reduced to nothing more than a joke.
During an interview with ABC News Radio in 2015 on the first film, Matthew Vaughn was asked about the worst celebrity he would want to have locked in a cell. He immediately answered Elton John. He also had already thought up of him throwing tantrums and an action scene for him to kick the living daylights out of people (all of those things happened at the film's climax).
There is a scene where Poppy orders a man thrown into a meat grinder, then cooks his remains into a hamburger. Julianne Moore played Clarice Starling in Hannibal, about a serial killer who eats his victims (often disguised as gourmet dishes).