Aaron Johnson Talks KICK-ASS 2; Says the Film Will Leave Out “Some Really Disturbing Things” from the Comics

     September 19, 2012

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As evidenced by the bounty of set photos that have already hit the web, production on Kick-Ass 2 is well underway in Toronto.  Director Matthew Vaughn has taken on a producer role on the follow-up, with Jeff Wadlow stepping in to helm the sequel.  Some exciting new casting additions have been announced like Jim Carrey as The Colonel and Donald Faison as Dr. Gravity, and all signs point to Kick-Ass 2 being one hell of a ride.

Steve got to sit down with star Aaron Johnson recently at the Toronto Film Festival for his upcoming romantic drama adaptation Anna Karenina, and the actor talked briefly about what fans can expect in Kick-Ass 2.  He revealed that they’ve excised some of the more disturbing material from Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s comic book counterpart and teased some interesting character developments.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

aaron-johnson-kick-ass-2-sequelJohnson was remiss to give away any plot specifics, but he teased a source material change that might prove interesting for fans:

“There’s some really interesting journeys [that] our characters embark on.  I can’t really go too deep into it, but I’m really excited about it; we’ve got a great cast.  There are some really disturbing things in the comic book which we’re not gonna put in, I think for the better.  Yet it’s got all the elements there and probably more, it’s got a bit of narrative and story to be told, so it’s great.”

I haven’t read Kick-Ass 2 so I’m not familiar with the graphic content that Johnson’s referring to, but I trust that the film’s development team has crafted a worthy feature film adaptation.  Early word on Wadlow’s script has been excellent and the ensemble cast is great, so hopefully the finished film delivers the goods.

Watch the portion of Steve’s interview with Johnson regarding Kick-Ass 2 below, and look for the full interview closer to the release of Anna Karenina.  Kick-Ass 2 opens on June 28th, 2013.

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