Olympic champion Michael Phelps announced his retirement from swimming following his winning a record 22nd Olympic medal and urged movie star Vince Vaughn to immediately follow his lead.
“I’m retiring so I can go out on top,” said Phelps at a press conference in London. “That’s exactly what Vince Vaughn should have done after ‘Wedding Crashers.’ ”
Phelps, a longtime Vaughn fan, said the actor’s career inspired his decision to hang it up after this year’s Olympics, after seeing Vaughn’s movies gradually get worse in the years following “Old School” “Starsky and Hutch,” “Dodgeball” and “Wedding Crashers.”
“I knew if I came back for the 2016 Olympics, I would be only be able to give my fans a performance that at best would slightly disappointment them,” Phelps told Hollywood & Swine. “Much like Vaughn did with his films ‘Fred Claus,’ ‘Four Christmases,’ and ‘Couples Retreat.’ And if I stayed swimming until the 2020 Olympics, it would probably be just as tough for fans to stomach as ‘The Dilemma’ and ‘The Watch.’ ”
Phelps said the final piece of evidence indicating it was time for Vaughn to retire came after hearing news that the actor is re-booting “The Rockford Files” and “The Brady Bunch.”
“That’s about as bad as me announcing I’m going to work as a lifeguard at a water park,” Phelps said.
When asked about his future plans, Phelps revealed he intends to open several Subway franchises, the food chain for which he is a spokesperson. Phelps even offered an invitation to Vaughn to join him in his new business venture. “Vince Vaughn is a natural people person, which is why he has all the makings of a great sandwich artist.”