In one of the quickest turnarounds from comic book series to film of all time, the comics world has barely had a year to familiarize itself with Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s “Kick-Ass.” Nevertheless, the film about a young kid inspired by comics to take on crime is uppercutting its way into theaters this year, and actor Mark Strong offered MTV some insight into how the movie is shaping up.
“The character I play in the comic is Genovese,” Strong told MTV News from the "Sherlock Holmes" set. The character took on a new name for the movie, but is still based on one from the comics. “He's a mafia boss. And in the film, he's called Frank D'Amico.”
“Kick-Ass” is still in production, however, as Strong pointed out, indicating that some elements of the comic book's story may change as filming proceeds.
“The film is following the comic very closely, but I think by the time the film comes out it’s going to match the comic,” he explained. “For now, he's a mafia boss made good. And he realizes that part of his world is collapsing because of a superhero on the street.”
As for starring alongside headliner Nicolas Cage, Strong hasn’t had any onscreen time together with him to comment on his performance, but he did share some insight.
“Nick and I don't have any scenes together,” Strong said, describing Cage’s role as Damon Macready. “He basically becomes a man capable of handling himself and he's basically out to clean up the streets and I'm responsible for cleaning up the mess.”
That’s a mess, which, if you’ve read the Marvel Comics series, you know is one sloppy and hilariously violent undertaking.
What do you think of the casting for “Kick-Ass,” which also includes “Superbad” star Christopher Mintz-Plasse? What do you want to see the filmmakers keep from the comics when the movie finally hits theaters? Speak up in the comment section below!