Already one of the most anticipated comic-based movies this spring is Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass
, a darkly funny take on the graphic novel by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. that might actually cross over to people who haven't read a single superhero comic.
British actor Aaron Johnson plays Dave Lizewski, a high school loser who never gets any attention until he dons a home-made superhero costume and goes out to fight crime... badly. In fact, his first attempt at crime fighting leaves Dave in the hospital where he undergoes extensive surgery for months that actually makes him more durable for future endeavors. Once Dave hits the streets again, this time with the superhero name "Kick-Ass," he starts to meet others like him, including the father-daughter team of Big Daddy and Hit Girl (Nicolas Cage and Chloe Moretz) and Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Superbad
), all whom have their own reasons for fighting crime.
Part of the fun of the comic and the movie is the interaction between Kick-Ass and Red Mist, two comic geeks who basically approach crime fighting from a similar angle only with different motives. They quickly team-up and become friends, making some of the scenes between Johnson and Mintz-Plasse very amusing indeed.
At this year's South by SouthWest Film Festival, where Kick-Ass
had a chance to sit down with the two actors to talk, albeit briefly, about their new movie.
You can read that interview here