VINCE VAUGHN PHOTOGRAPH BY SHERYL NIELDS
Gregory Kirschling
December 23, 2005 at 05:00 AM EST

Vince Vaughn made our 2005 Entertainers of the Year list

Early in Wedding Crashers, the second-highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time ($209 million), Owen Wilson asks Vince Vaughn if the weddings they’re crashing have cash bars.

”Great question!” Vaughn says. ”Love where your head’s at!” If the line sounded familiar, it might’ve been because Vaughn threw a variation on it — ”I like where your head’s at!” — at Brad Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith earlier this summer. Both times, the catchphrase zings. Vaughn makes you want to use it as your own (”I like where your head’s at, Mom!”), because from movie to movie, and with Crashers in particular, he’s perfected ”Vince Vaughn,” the charmingly coarse and always hilarious motormouth cutup he’s excelled at playing since 2003’s Old School.

The in-the-flesh Vince Vaughn insists his film work, which this year also included turns in Be Cool and Thumbsucker, is nothing but ”performance.” ”The biggest compliment with acting — and I seem to get this a lot — is when people think you’re being yourself,” he says. ”That’s the point of acting: to not be acting.” And the off-screen Vaughn does sound like a calmer, more do-good kind of guy than his on-screen counterparts. This year he went to Iraq again to visit the troops, and he staged a 30-day comedy tour (Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show) because he wanted people who don’t live on the coasts to have the chance to enjoy some big, live entertainment. (And he donated proceeds from a few shows to Hurricane Katrina victims.) The real Vince Vaughn even gives a pass to the annoying paparazzi trying to snap him and his girl Friend, Jennifer Aniston. ”You realize people are just doing their jobs,” he says. ”And so you don’t really take it to heart.” What a softie.

Don’t look for any big changes to the Vaughn persona in the near future. Right now he’s finishing up producing duties on The Break-Up, his June romantic comedy costarring Aniston. After that, he’ll team up with I Heart Huckabees director David O. Russell on a funny movie about a radio call-in host. ”Being goofy,” he says, ”?it’s fun.” We like where his head’s at.

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