'Kick-Ass 2' looks at consequences of vigilante violence

Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:13pm EDT
 
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After a summer dominated by superheroes fighting evil and winning over audiences at the box office, "Kick-Ass 2" aims to show the violent underside of being a costumed vigilante.

"The sequel is set up to deal with the consequences," director Jeff Wadlow told Reuters.

"Kick-Ass 2," out in theaters on Friday, is based on Mark Millar's comic-book of the same name and follows the nerdy teenage boy Dave, played by British actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson, as he becomes real-life superhero Kick-Ass, along with his 15-year-old sidekick Hit Girl, played by Chloe Moretz.

"The superhero movement has spread and people were inspired by Kick-Ass and I wanted to show all the different kinds of consequences these characters doing these things and how it ripples through their life," Wadlow said.

Kick-Ass and Hit Girl, also known as Mindy, dispensed with villainous drug lord Frank D'Amico in the first film and in "Kick-Ass 2," D'Amico's ruthless son Chris, played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse, wages revenge on the masked crusaders with his own team of super-villains.

The sequel, which is rated R like the original movie, has come under fire for its graphic violence and explicit language.

Jim Carrey, who plays Colonel Stars and Stripes, departed from Hollywood convention in June and criticized the film on Twitter. He said because of the December shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 26 people dead in Newtown, Connecticut, he could not "support that level of violence" in the movie.

"It was disconcerting, I'm not going to lie, to read those tweets," Wadlow said. "If you're going to do a movie and you're going to get paid all that money, you should at least have the good manners to phone up your collaborators and discuss whatever points of view you might have or might be changing that will affect your press obligations."   Continued...

 
Actors Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloe Grace Moretz (R) pose during a media event for the film "Kick Ass 2", in London August 5, 2013. REUTERS/Neil Hall