'Kick-Ass 2': Aaron Taylor-Johnson Praises Jim Carrey's 'Ballsy' Character Work


by Brett White

Bringing the costumed characters of "Kick-Ass 2" to life proved to be a bit more challenging than other acting gigs, as the cast had to get into the mindset of real human beings ready to dish out harsh vigilante justice—without the cushy comfort that super powers afford. There's no gamma radiation or Norse mythology in the street-level world of "Kick-Ass," just pure character and—in the case of Jim Carrey's Colonel Stars and Stripes—balls.

"[Jim Carrey] brings such enthusiasm and such great ideas [to the role]," revealed Aaron Taylor-Johnson to MTV News' Josh Horowitz. "He creates characters like that and it's incredible. You're seeing something come to life, and he creates it. It's about being ballsy and making big decisions and being bold [enough] like that to stick with it." While Carrey stuck with the character on-set, keeping the Colonel's drawl consistent in between takes, he abandoned the film and its accompanying press tour citing a change of heart.

Taylor-Johnson revealed that his transformation into Dave Lizewski was not as complete as Carrey's, but did involve molding his English accent into the all-American one he used in 2010's "Kick-Ass."

"Other than it being an American accent, it was a sort of more—there was a specific kind of tone to it that meets with Dave, that character that I thought would be like that." Taylor-Johnson admitted that he even had some more fully-realized changes he wanted to bring to the character, but couldn't because they would contradict what came before. The changes were inspired by the HBO documentary "Superheroes," which follows the lives of actual real-world superheroes—normal people who don costumes and code-names and patrol their home towns.

"For the second one, it was difficult to kind of go back to that character," said Taylor-Johnson. "In between [films], there was a documentary called 'Superheroes' that came out and I was watching those [people] and going like, 'They're the real kind of people that dress up and go out,' and they had some really great kind of quirky little mannerisms. I really wanted to pick up those traits for the character, but it's like it was too late. 'That's not Dave, that's someone else.'"

"Kick-Ass 2" hits theaters on August 16th.

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