by Brett White
Unlike most every other PG-13 comic book movie, “Kick-Ass 2” is gleefully R-rated for its excessive potty mouth and next-level violence. That’s kind of the whole point of “Kick-Ass 2,” and that accurately captures the tone of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s mature readers comic book. But, as writer and director Jeff Wadlow and actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse revealed to Digital Spy in a very NSFW and spoiler/trigger-filled interview, there are some things about the comics that simply could not be put on film.
“It was just a little too much for this kind of world,” said Mintz-Plasse, who plays the Mother F—er—a comic book character that perpetuates some of the most vile acts ever put on paper. “Because this still is a comic book world, and the violence is—even though it’s bloody—it is over the top and cartoony in a way.” Mintz-Plasse mentions that the inclusion of those particular scenes would have brought the tone down, which wouldn’t have worked well when contrasted with the hyper violence and irreverent humor.
Whereas Mintz-Plasse was faced with potentially taking part in a sexual violence scene, writer and director Jeff Wadlow had to decide if he could even put the acts in question in the film.
“There’s things that Mark and John have to do in a comic book to get a response from the audience that I don’t necessarily have to do in the movie because they’re dealing with approximations of people,” said Wadlow. “They’re drawings, so there’s automatically a separation. I’ve got real live people in front of my cameras. So to create that emotional response, I didn’t always need to go as far.”
You can check out the video over at Digital Spy. And yeah, I am dancing around the acts in question because—as Mintz-Plasse pointed out—they’re a bit of a downer. I’ll give a trigger warning for sexual violence and harm to animals, and kindly link you to an old Splash Page article where “Kick-Ass” creator Mark Millar said pretty much the exact opposite of what Wadlow just said, insisting that every bit of it will be in the film.
We’ll find out which writer got their way—or if a compromise was met—when “Kick-Ass 2” opens on Friday, August 16th.
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