AceShowbiz - Actor Taron Egerton is determined to return to the "Kingsman" franchise for a "worthy" sequel after receiving "unfair" criticism for the second movie in the action franchise.
The Brit landed his big break in "Kingsman: The Secret Service", portraying street-wise spy Gary 'Eggsy' Unwin alongside Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine, and Mark Strong, and he reprised the role for last year's (17) "Kingsman: The Golden Circle".
However, the all-star film, which also featured the additions of Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, and Elton John, received mixed reactions from critics, who panned everything from the thin plot to the over-the-top action sequences and the 141-minute run time.
Taron admits the harsh reviews were tough to hear, and although he acknowledges the sequel wasn't on the same quality level as the 2014 original, he insists the project didn't deserve the bad rap it received.
"I felt we got a bit of an unfair kicking if I'm totally honest," he told the Empire film podcast. "I think in some respects it was (difficult) because I just gave everything to it, and then it was so quickly torn down, that I think I did feel a bit of a sting."
"I think in some respects it probably wasn't quite as well put-together a film as the first one, but it certainly wasn't a bad film. And when we got this real kicking..."
The negative responses have since driven the 29-year-old to make one more instalment as Eggsy so he can bow out with a bang.
"I think what I would like to happen is for us to do a third one and for it to feel like a worthy third installment to what has been a great part of my life," he added.
Filmmaker Matthew Vaughn has already outlined plans for another "Kingsman" project with Taron's Eggsy character, but he is currently developing a prequel, titled "Kingsman: The Great Game", which will star Ralph Fiennes.
The movie, which will be set during World War One and explore the origins of the "Kingsman" alliance, is expected to begin production in January (19) ahead of a November, 2019 release.