When it comes to comic book movie adaptations, fans can usually spot source-material unfamiliarity in the actors. Fortunately for fans of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.'s "Kick-Ass" comic book, at least two of the film's stars have done their reading.
Turns out both Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Clark Duke were already in a pretty strong position to tackle the research that came with their roles.
"I got the script and said 'I've seen this name before,' and went through my dad's comics, pulled out the first issue and read it," Mintz-Plasse told MTV News.
Mintz-Plasse, who plays the titular hero Kick-Ass' comrade in crime fighting, The Red Mist, is used to dual-identities thanks to his McLovin' role in "Superbad." This experience aside, Duke still seems to have him beat in terms of raw, comic-reading preparation.
"I had the comic first," said Duke, "I've been a big fan of Mark [Millar] ever since 'The Authority' and followed everything he's done since then. And John Romita, too, obviously—he's drawn every major character in the world over his career. So yeah, I definitely had the comic first."
Duke gets to see a different side of the film's protagonist, hanging out with his civilian identity Dave Lizewski played by Aaron Johnson in, among other locations, a comic book shop.
Of course, depending on whether the plot of the film follows the current comic book storyline, Duke's character Marty may be a much safer friend than The Red Mist for the hero to have around.
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