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Vince Vaughn's 'Underdog Story'

When it comes to team sports, none seem to be more extreme than dodgeball. But until now, no film has gone behind the scenes of the fast-paced game.

In the comedy, "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story," Vince Vaughn plays a gym owner, Peter LaFleur, who leads a team of misfits in a dodgeball tournament that eventually ends with a showdown with White Goodman (Ben Stiller), the egomaniac owner of Globo Gym, who wants to take over LaFleur's Average Joe's gym.

"'Old School' meets 'Not Without My Daughter'" is how Vaughn describes the film to The Early Show co-anchor Hannah Storm. It's a funny film he says was excited to do because of its underdog and sports themes.

His character was also fun and easy to do, Vaughn points out, "When everyone around you is kind of extreme and that kind of thing, it's easy because you have to sort of react and take in what the audience is taking in."

What was not easy was training for the film, as people can get hurt playing dodgeball, he says.

In one particular scene, Vaughn takes a hit, but making it work took a few takes.

Vaughn explains, "One time, Ben had to throw at me. He was right off camera. And I'm standing there pretending like I didn't know I was going to get hit. I moved slightly. Stiller's aim's not great. We called him, 'wild thing.' He hit Christine (Taylor, Stiller's real-life wife), actually. I moved a little bit, he hit the wife. He smacked her in the face. He was supposed to hit me. It was uncomfortable."

However, it wasn't uncomfortable for Vaughn to kiss her, as the script called for, in front of Stiller. "Between action and cut, I figured she was my baby. I didn't feel like I need to do address anything with Ben," Vaughn says.

Next for him is "The Wedding Crashers," in which he costars with Owen Wilson. In it, Vaughn says, "We go to weddings, pretending to be related to people, trying to meet girls."

Some Facts About Vince Vaughn

  • Vincent Anthony Vaughn was born in Minneapolis, March 28, 1970.
  • Vaughn attended Lake Forest (Ill.) High School.
  • Vaughn says he decided to pursue acting at age 17 after a car accident derailed any hopes of an athletic career.
  • In 1988, Vaughn appeared in a television commercial for Chevrolet's "Heartbeat of America" campaign.
  • In 1989, Vaughn made his primetime television acting debut in the third-season premiere of ABC's "China Beach."
  • In 1993, Vaughn made his film debut, "Rudy."
  • In 1996, Vaughn made his breakthrough screen role as Trent in "Swingers."
  • In 1997, Vaughn was cast in director Steven Spielberg's "The Lost World: Jurassic Park."
  • In 1998, Vaughn starred opposite Anne Heche and Joaquin Phoenix in the drama "Return to Paradise"; he re-teamed with Phoenix in "Clay Pigeons"; He inherited the role of Norman Bates in Gus Van Sant's remake of "Psycho."
  • In 2001, Vaughn played a low-level mobsters in "Made"; He played a mysterious stepfather who may or may not be involved in a murder in "Domestic Disturbance"; coincidentally during filming, Vaughn was embroiled in a bar fight that led to his arrest.
  • In 2003, Vaughn co-starred in the comedy "Old School."
  • In 2004, Vaughn played the comedic crime kingpin Reese Feldman in "Starsky & Hutch."
  • Vaughn's upcoming films will be "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," with Will Ferrell; "Thumbsucker," with Keanu Reeves and Vincent D'Onofrio; "Mr & Mrs. Smith," with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie; "Be Cool," the sequel to "Get Shorty"; and "The Sky Is Green," a drama about a successful record entrepreneur amid the rise and fall of the West Coast hip-hop scene during the late 1980s.
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