Christopher Mintz-Plasse on His Kick-Ass Character and Hidden "Easter Eggs"
04.16.10 by BJSprecher
Quite possibly the most unlikely actor to ever portray a superhero, Christopher "McLovin" Mintz-Plasse stars in director Matthew Vaughn's
Kick-Ass as "Red Mist," a crimson-and-ebony clad hero who sports an Adam Lambert haircut and drives around in his pimped-out "Mist Mobile" looking for evil-doers. However, Mintz-Plasse recently revealed that Red Mist doesn't really see any action in the movie. Not only that, but he may not be the hero that he purports to be. Caution: SPOILERS AHEAD.
In terms of the best action sequences in Kick-Ass, Mintz-Plasse said in a previous interview that "it's all Hit-Girl," referring to the pint-sized vigilante played by Chloe Moretz. In a new interview with io9, Mintz-Plasse said his friends are "going to be a little let down," when they realize
he doesn't get in on the action at all.
...I didn't participate in any action or anything. I mean I got a few blood drops put on me for the fight scene that Aaron [Johnson, "Kick-Ass"] and I have in the end. But I really didn't participate in a lot of that.
Mintz-Plasse revealed that, even though he is Kick-Ass' sidekick of sorts, Red Mist is really a bad guy who ultimately turns Big Daddy over to his mobster father (Mark Strong)and shoots Hit-Girl.
...that's the moment where you know he's bad. You're kind of on the fence: he's a bad guy, but he's hanging out with Kick-Ass. But when I shoot her, you know he's an *ssh*le.
Mark Millar, the creator of the comic book on which the movie was based, is currently at work on his second Kick-Ass comic book series, and Mintz-Plasse said he hopes his character comes back "really dark." Mintz-Plasse also shed some light on the colorful names that might be appearing in Kick-Ass 2.
[Mark] wants something to be The C*nts, he wants the name The C*nts somewhere in the comic. And he wants to change my name to The Motherf*cker. So I become very evil, which I'm game for. But who knows, because Mark talks, and we won't know until he puts it on paper, what he's going to do. He could come up with a totally genius new idea that we've never heard of.
If that's not enough spoilers for you, Mintz-Plasse also offered up some of the secret "Easter Eggs" hidden throughout the movie.
I love that about the movie—they have a bunch of small stuff...when the first scene Hit Girl is in, in that apartment and [she] murders all those people and Aaron first encounters her, she jumps over the building and says, 'That's Big Daddy.' Then Hit Girl and Big Daddy jump over the side of the building and there's a big billboard of Claudia Schiffer, who is Matthew Vaughn's wife. And I never caught it until the second time I watched it. It's just a massive picture, but you don't notice it, that's how amazing the movie is.
There's also a reference to Layer Cake, Matthew Vaughn's first movie that he directed, there's a little yellow Chrysler car in Layer Cake. And Dexter Fletcher, who was an actor in Layer Cake had a role in Kick-Ass where he gets crushed by Big Daddy and Hit Girl in a car compactor. [The car he gets crushed in] is the same car that's in Layer Cake. Amazing, you never know unless you are a die-hard fan. I'm telling you, you'll have to watch it again.
Kick-Ass also stars Lyndsy Fonseca and Nicolas Cage.