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A Visit to the “Kick-Ass 2” Set with Creator Mark Millar

“Kick-Ass” creator Mark Millar posted this update on his Millarworld.tv forum. He shares his visit to the “Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall” set with fans concerning the progress on the shoot, which is currently filming in England. Here is what he had to say.

Shot down to England last week for some time on the Kick-Ass 2 set. Three of the days were press interviews, all embargoed until a few weeks before release, but the rest was just sitting around and drinking tea while superheroes beat the s#%$ out of super-villains in the big finale (as you’ll have read in the book.) As a producer, I’ve been watching a lot of this in the drop box as it happens, but nothing compares to seeing Mother Russia (in the flesh) pounding Hit-Girl in the face in what WE KNOW is going to win MTV’s Best Fight Scene Award already.

I’m not kidding… this fight is unlike anything I’ve seen in cinema before. I’d watched the stunt team block it out a few weeks back, but this was astonishing. The movie is being edited as happens and so, at the halfway point in shooting, I have about 40 edited minutes to watch in the suite during lunch-breaks. Blown Away is an understatement. everything is working perfectly and Vaughn was correct when he told me to trust his judgement when he hand-picked Jeff Wadlow for this gig. This feels like the next chapter of something we all dug a great deal, incredibly consistent with what came before, but at the same time going a little darker and a lot bigger as Dave joins the team. You’ve hopefully all read the two sequel books (Hit-Girl and Kick-Ass 2) and if you haven’t you’re EXACTLY the kind of mofo I don’t mind spoiling.

A real thrill for me was seeing so many of my Twitter followers on set and in costume as extras and seeing friends of mine who help moderate the forum here (Sanjay, Dr Mike and James D) get a chance to join me and my family for a day too. The sets look astonishing, but I’m six months too early to tell you precisely what I saw and the level of detail our genius production designer Russell went to with this thing. Pictures will be gradually released over the next few months and teasers should start to appear soon too. But I just wanted to say I am VERY happy with how this is going. Came home buzzing and feel like something nobody has ever seen before is out next Summer. Chris Mintz-Plasse, by the way, is going to go MASSIVE after this. It’s the big thing people are saying when they watch the rushes. We love him already, but his acting has just had an evolutionary leap here and we’re now seeing him do stuff he’s never done before. That’s all I’m saying, but you’re going to be impressed.”

What else? Oh, I met Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad on a tea-break between shots. He was hanging about with my fave guy from the movie, Clark Duke, and I was talking to him for 10 seconds before I realised it was Jesse Pinkman. It always sounds so massively insincere when you say someone’s thing is your favourite, but in this case it’s true. I’ve watched less than 10 TV shows in the last 10 years and Breaking Bad is bigger than Sopranos and The Wire for me. Could not love it more. He was shooting a movie next door and we chatted for a bit. Super-nice guy and not the gun-packing, wasted crack-head I was secretly expecting him to be after 5 seasons of the show!

One weird thing is that everybody’s had babies since we all last worked together. Aaron’s had two, I’ve had one and the production team now resembles a creche. Someone screaming F^$# THAT F^$#ER UP, etc, and swinging a weapon around as your 11 month old coos into the monitor, excited by all the colours, is a strange thing to watch. But she loved it. I had her watching Inglorious Basterds at 7 weeks (when she was up in the middle of the night) so she’s well-equipped to handle anything.

I’m going to nip back down a couple more times, but so different to last time now in that I’m helping prep three other Millarworld movies at the moment (two you should hear about in next week or two) for late Spring shoots and so home again and writing. Also writing up lots of Fox plans right now and brain barely keeping tabs on all the various, genuinely thrilling things coming up from that line of movies over the next 2-3 years. So I’d better get back to work, but just wanted to give you all a wee progress report and let you know that Kick-Ass 2 could not be going more beautifully. The Hit-Girl series has issue 4 coming next week, I think, and Kick-Ass 2 hardcover is available now, if anybody wants a little peek at what you’re all going to be watching next summer.

Okay, work to do. Better split. Just wanting to give you an update.

The action/crime/comedy “Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall” will hit theaters on June 28th, 2013. The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Nicolas Cage (cameo,) Jim Carrey, Lyndsy Fonseca, John Leguizamo, Donald Faison, Lindy Booth, Morris Chestnut, Yancy Butler, Daniel Kaluuya, Andy Nyman, Robert Emms, and Wesley Morgan. Jeff Wadlow wrote the screenplay based on the comic book by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. Jeff Wadlow directs.

Source: millarworld.tv