Yesterday, it was confirmed that Jim Carrey will be starring as Colonel Stars in Jeff Wadlow‘s Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall. A casting pick which has divided fans. Some folks think it’s a great choice, while others not so much. I for one, think Carrey is a good actor. Yes, it’s hard to see him as anything but a rubber faced comedian, but he’s fully capable of turning off the slap-stick and being serious. He’s had some fairly decent dramatic roles that have proven his range. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and I Love You Phillip are prime examples. This role in particular, calls for an authoritarian presence. I admit, a militant Jim Carrey might be bit too hard to believe, but I think he could pull it off. Creator Mark Millar believes this too…
Here’s what the creator of Kick-Ass had to say about Carrey being cast in the role…
“Matthew Vaughn, Jeff Wadlow and I did a conference call with Jim a couple of weeks back and we’ve been itching to talk about this ever since because the energy Jim’s going to bring to Colonel Stars has me buzzing as much as Nic Cage with Big Daddy. You have to remember that Big Daddy’s role before Cage came on was a much more straightforward bad-ass. It was Nic who gave him that Adam West delivery and brought this incredible warmth to the character, especially with regard to Mindy.
Nic is really good friends with Jim Carrey and it’s well known to everyone that Jim loved the first movie. In fact, I think he had lunch with Vaughn the day before that Conan O’Brien kick-Ass/ Superman duet you can see in the link. So we’ve been talking very informally about this for a little over two years now. We didn’t quite know what Jim was going to be doing in the sequel, but the entire team loves him to bits and I’ve been a fan since I first saw him. I remember reading an interview with Spielberg, a great one back in Empire for a Jaws anniversary, where he was saying that Jim would be his choice for Chief Brodie were he shooting Jaws now. He said he could see the brilliant dramatic range Jim had as well as the comedy people knew him for at that time. For all these reasons, combined with the conversation we had with him on the phone, I’m so genuinely excited about this. I can’t wait to see what he does once the cameras are on.
So as you can see from the online reports there’s a Hell of a cast shaping up here. The movie runs from Hit-Girl #1 to Kick-Ass 2 #7 and fans of the comic will know that the part of Uncle Ralphie is still to be announced. He’s the big-bad from the Hit-Girl series and you, my friends, are in for a treat.
But this is all incredibly cool. Millarworld has had two movies released so far and several in various stages of production right now (another one starts shooting in the New Year). But I think this is the closest to starstruck I’ve been on anything so far. LOVE Jim Carrey. Can’t wait to meet him at Pinewood.”
Glad to see everyone has such adoration for Jim. If they believe in him, so can we.
Now, what about the insane ex-Spetsnaz and KGB soldier turned bodyguard of Red Mist, Mother Russia? Well, according to Wadlow’s Twitter page “Chris just met Mother Russia!”. Hit the jump for your first exclusive look :
Yeah, bit of a bummer since we can’t see who exactly has been hired to play Mother Russia, but just look at the reaction on Christopher Mintz-Plasse‘s face… ‘That’s a huge bitch!”
This is only the first in a series of tweets the Kick-Ass 2 director has been leaking to the public. He also revealed a tease of Hit-Girl’s new “kick-ass” motorcycle:
“We just got Hit Girl’s bike,” Wadlow wrote. “Guess what color we’re gonna paint it?”
“I am totally keeping it,” Hit-Girl herself, Chloe Moretz responded.
Waldow quickly shot back with “You’re gonna have to fight Mother Russia for it…”.
Lastly, look at all the other behind the scenes shots, including set pieces, dummies and Mother Russia’s giant knife below:
This shaping up to be quite the experience for everyone filming, including stars Aaron Johnson, John Leguizamo, Donald Faison, Robert Emms, Morris Chestnut and Lindy Booth. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on anything Kick-Ass related as it comes out.
Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall hits theaters June 28th, 2013.