Actor Vince Vaughn Enters the 'No Spin Zone' to Discuss His New Christmas Movie

This is a rush transcript from "The O'Reilly Factor," November 8, 2007. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

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BILL O'REILLY, HOST: "Personal story" segment tonight, Vince Vaughan is one of Hollywood's big stars these days after the tremendous success of "Wedding Crashers." Mr. Vaughn's new film "Fred Claus" is about Christmas. And it opens tomorrow. I spoke with him yesterday.


O'REILLY: How dare you, how dare you make a movie about Christmas that's going to be shown in public theaters.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You're looking a at man who can fly around the world in a single night. You amaze me.

VINCE VAUGHN, ACTOR: I think it's absolutely amazing. I mean, to think that he can fly around to a million houses in one night, breaking and entering.

VAUGN (SPEAKING): This is just a good old fashioned, down the middle, all American holiday movie.

O'REILLY: So you don't have any guilt here?

VAUGHN: Well, I'm proud of it.

Let's get our blood pumping. Let's make some bad decisions with each other.


The great thing with Christmas is sometimes people get crazy and caught up in the wrong things. It's a message of faith and hope and acceptance and that kids are thought of and that there's someone out there thinking of kids.

O'REILLY: You know, I'm going to cry. You're going to the make me cry.

VAUGHN: And I'll be here for you.



VAUGHN: There's a passenger back here in case you didn't remember, all-star.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh, sorry. At least you didn't throw up.


O'REILLY: Now we sent our guy, Ron Mitchell, who sees every movie ever made, "Attack of the Crab Monsters", he saw it.

VAUGHN: Twice.

O'REILLY: We sent him out to see your movie.


O'REILLY: He liked it. However, the Village Voice...

VAUGHN: Right.

O'REILLY: ... says, quote, "It's a mushy-minded, moral and slick sentimental film." They hated it. But here's your mistake with the Village Voice. If Santa Claus, your brother in the movie, had given out whips and chains to the kids, the Village Voice would have liked it.


O'REILLY: Couldn't you write that in?

VAUGHN: I really don't care what the Village Voice says.

O'REILLY: I know you don't. All right. Well I'm happy because we don't either.

Now, what — first of all, do you like this, going around talking to pinheads like me?

VAUGHN: I won't let you use that name. I won't let you spin yourself that way here. No, you're not a pinhead; you're a gentleman. You're a gentleman.

O'REILLY: Thank you. All right.

VAUGHN: It's easy to go around and talk about the film.

O'REILLY: And you don't mind? Because they're all asking you dopey questions.

VAUGHN: You know what's tough? Is if you go in and you had a movie that you didn't believe in or you didn't like. I'm sure that would be difficult.

O'REILLY: How difficult it is for a guy like you, who co-produced the movie and, obviously, is what they call opening the movie because they pay you an enormous amount of money, far more than you deserve, to open a movie. How difficult is it if the movie doesn't do well? You got one weekend. You know? That's the way it is here.

VAUGHN: Well I think it's like anything in life. You got to work hard and do your best. And sort of focus on what you have control over. I think if you're all consumed in that kind of thing...

O'REILLY: But if it doesn't do well next week at this time.

VAUGHN: Look, I've had things not go well before. It wouldn't be the first time. But to me, more importantly, I want to make films that I believe in, that I find value in that I think folks will like. And I've done that with this film. And at the end of the day that's all you have control over.



VAUGHN: Have you ever really thought about Santa Claus?


VAUGHN: The guy who's in a big red suit flying around with reindeer because he craves the spotlight. He's a fame jockey.


VAUGHN: The other thing I'm going to do is I'm going to have you come out with me to help promote the film.

O'REILLY: Yes, yes. You see, that will drive away though — depends on where we go. If we...

VAUGHN: We're going to bring people here. We're going to bring people together.

O'REILLY: In San Francisco, that would hurt you.

VAUGHN: San Francisco, we're going to get you and San Franciscom on the same page.

O'REILLY: Are we?

VAUGHN: It's Christmas time.

O'REILLY: A Christmas day town. Excellent.

VAUGHN: It's Christmas time in America. I think people can have different and opinions, but we're all on the same side. Aren't we? Don't you have...

O'REILLY: I never knew you were such a sincere guy.

VAUGHN: But don't you have people you disagree with adamantly on a point, but you know they're good people?

O'REILLY: Sure, sure.

VAUGHN: But you respect them?

O'REILLY: I mean, we have. Absolutely. We do that all the time.

VAUGHN: That's why — that's why I'm — that's why I'm going to get you and San Francisco in a good place this year.

O'REILLY: Together, OK. OK, now.

VAUGHN: Let's start the healing.

O'REILLY: "Wedding Crashers"...


O'REILLY: ... in my movie history, one of the top five funniest movies of all time.

VAUGHN: It was a fun one.


VAUGHN: What do you like better, Christmas or wedding season?


VAUGHN: The answer would be wedding season?

WILSON: Bingo.


O'REILLY: The chemistry between you and Owen Wilson was tremendous.


O'REILLY: And that's what I think made the film. Do you guys have to rehearse that?


WILSON: You can't go.

VAUGHN: Watch me.

Watch me take this on down the road.


VAUGHN: We would write some of the script and change it, and then sometimes we would improvise.

O'REILLY: Did you know when you were making it that it was going to work like that?

VAUGHN: You know, it goes back to what you said before. I knew I liked it. I knew that "Wedding Crashers' was funny. I believed in the stuff that we were doing.


VAUGHN: Chas Reinhold is not a kook. He's a brave and a decent man.

WILSON: He lived with his mother till he was 40. She tried to poison his oatmeal.

VAUGHN: Erroneous. Erroneous. Erroneous on both counts.

WILSON: Oh lord here we go again.


O'REILLY: So last question, how is Mr. Wilson doing?

VAUGHN: He's doing great. Thank you for asking that. You'll never meet a nicer guy than Owen Wilson.

O'REILLY: And you're his friend, right?

VAUGHN: Beyond. And by the way, so is anyone that — that knows him. He's extremely talented. He's very smart. He's just a great, great person. He's terrific.

O'REILLY: Thanks for coming in here, Mr. Vaughn.

VAUGHN: Thank you.

O'REILLY: Pleasure to meet you.

VAUGHN: I — I — next time I'm coming in, we're going to get into like a Geraldo moment, in a positive way.

O'REILLY: In a positive — because everything has to be positive.

VAUGHN: A lot of people thought that contender fight was big last night. They didn't see you and Geraldo. You guys made that look like two sisters who stole each other's sweaters.

O'REILLY: It was kind of like the "Wedding Crashers" in illegal immigration. You know, it was just that kind of back-and-forth.

VAUGHN: Right. It was like an old — like Godzilla and King Kong or clash of the titans, if you will. Bill, thank you for having me.

O'REILLY: All right, pleasure.

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