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Vaughn Is The 'Wedding Crasher'

The New York Times recently called Vince Vaughn "red hot," while Newsweek crowned him "one of Hollywood's kings of comedy." Now Vaughn follows the huge success of "Old School" and "DodgeBall" with his latest big screen comedy "Wedding Crashers," costarring Owen Wilson.

In the comedy, divorce mediators John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy Grey (Vince Vaughn) are business partners and life-long friends who share one truly unique springtime hobby: Crashing weddings.

"I never heard of anyone crashing a wedding," Vaughn tells The Early Show co-anchor Hannah Storm and says he certainly had not gone to that extreme to meet girls.

"Being a movie star does help you meet girls," he says. "I like to think I became more interesting as I became older."

But girls are not the only motivator for Vaughn's character's hobby. Free food plays an important role, too.

He says, "I realized that I wasn't thin and also very flabby. Not in great shape. I better make this a character choice. I'm being totally serious, by the way. I would just sort of start eating everything around me. And it did kind of serve the movie well because obviously the guys are going to crash weddings. But also they really love weddings; they love dancing; they love eating; they love the band; they love singing. So they become more innocent than they would be if they were only interested in meeting girls."

The film has been well-received, coming in second at the box office over the weekend with $32.2 million in receipts. And it has opened a lot of doors for Vaughn, who has the film "The Break Up" in the works with Jennifer Aniston. No surprise, paparazzi already have captured of images of the two of them doing a scene and have suggested it is a romance.

"I always look at it like they're trying to sell magazines," Vaughn says, "I don't really think it's the coolest thing. But I don't take it personally. They would do it where anyone is concerned. But a little odd that you're doing a scene in the movie and this is like a stolen moment."

So for those who are wondering, Vaughn says he is not going out with Aniston.

Fast Facts About Vince Vaughn:

  • Born in Minneapolis, Minn. on March 28, 1970
  • Raised in suburbs of Chicago, Vaughn proved a handful as a child. Hyperactive, his school sent him to a psychiatrist who wanted to prescribe Ritalin, but Vaughn's parents instead opted to put him in classes for children with behavioral problems. He also found an outlet in children's theater, but by the time he entered high school, shifted his focus to sports. A back injury at age 17 derailed any thoughts of a professional athletic career, so Vaughn auditioned for the school play and won a prominent role. At 18, he appeared in a national commercial that was part of Chevrolet's "Heartbeat of America" campaign. Convinced that would be his ticket to success, the budding thespian headed to the West Coast.
  • In September 1989, Vaughn made his primetime acting debut in the third season premiere of the Vietnam-era drama series, "China Beach" (ABC).
  • Over the next few years, he went on to appear in several "CBS School Break Specials" and found guest roles on various series including, "21 Jump Street" and "Doogie Howser, M.D."
  • In 1993, Vaughn landed his first supporting movie role in the football-themed, "Rudy," and struck up a friendship with co-star Jon Favreau. Favreau had written a script about a group of single Los Angelinos who frequent the club scene and he eventually tailored one of the parts for Vaughn. When "Swingers" finally was released some three years later, both men were catapulted into the spotlight
  • After working with Kate Capshaw, in the romantic drama, "The Locusts" (1997), Vaughn landed one of the leads in the highly anticipated sequel, "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" (also 1997).
  • The year 1998 was a busy one for Vaughn. He starred in "Clay Pigeons," "Return to Paradise," and the remake of Gus Van Sant's "Psycho."
  • In 1999, Vince starred in the movie, "A Cool, Dry Place."
  • Vaughn in 2000 played roles in such films as "The Cell," "South of Heaven, West of Hell," "The Prime Gig."
  • In 2001, Vaughn reunited with Favreau in the gangster-themed "Made."
  • Vaughn shifted gears and began focusing on comedic and improvisational skills. In 2003, he hosted CBS' "The Late Show," for David Letterman while he was out sick. Also he starred in director's Todd Phillips' comedy, "Old School."
  • In 2004, Vaughn was busy with such films as "Starsky & Hutch," "DodgeBall," and "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy."