Night B*tch and Dr. Gravity get prepared to battle.
Mindy Macready aka Hit Girl stands with Detective Marcus Williams.
Donald Faison and Morris Chestnut played two very different, but slightly alike characters in Kick-Ass 2. If you got to watch the first Kick-Ass movie, which was released in April 2010, then you know that it is about a group of self-made superheroes, much more realistic than the traditional superhero movies. Kick-Ass 2 brings lots more of those self-made superheroes led by Sal Bertolini aka Colonel Stars and Stripes, played by Jim Carrey. The action-packed movie hosted lots of intense fighting scenes and is packed with hefty humor. Donald Faison plays Dr. Gravity –a copywriter who pretends he’s a physics teacher by day and superhero by night. Morris Chestnut plays Detective Marcus Williams, who is the guardian of the main character Mindy Macready aka Hit Girl, played by Chloe Grace Moretz.
The Sentinel and other media outlets briefly spoke to the actors on their roles in this action-comedy.
Indie Wire: How did the role for Kick Ass come about? Was it created for you or did you audition?
Donald: I auditioned. The role actually, is in the comic book, Kick-Ass 2. A buddy of mine did direct the movie, but he made me audition, for studio purposes and for Matthew Vaughn so they could see who I was and stuff.
Grio: Why’d you want to do it?
Donald: I saw the first Kick-Ass and I loved it.
MovieFanatic.com: If you had a favorite day on set what would it be?
Donald: The first day I got to fight. That was my favorite day. You know, before all that there was a bunch of walking around, posing, but the day that I got to fight bad guys was the best day ever.
MovieFanatic.com: Did you take to the fight choreography easily, or was that kind of a nice challenge for you?
Donald: It was the first time I had ever done anything like that. I wish I could say it was easy, but it’s hard work. It’s not, you know, pulling a punch when you want to throw a punch is very difficult. And knowing angles to where the camera’s set up and everything.
The Sentinel: Do you have any special warm-ups or odd warm-ups that you do before you played the character because you’re the most energetic or enthusiastic character?
Donald: That’s just me. I can’t help it. I got a lot of energy especially when I get to do something that I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve always wanted to be a super hero, so there’s not a lot of warm-up needed for me to get “geeked” or psyched about being in the costume and running around. This is something that I’ve dreamt about pretty much my whole life.
MovieFanatic.com: What was it that appealed to you most about the world of Kick Ass?
Morris: Just the fun that the first movie had. They didn’t take themselves seriously and they had a lot of fun, a lot of stunts, a lot of comedy, so just the overall fun.
WeGotThisCovered.com: How did you feel being one of the only characters not putting on a super hero costume?
Morris: Ah, that was messed up. I was the only one not kickin’ ass, you know. Everyone got to have fun and do stunts and you know I was the killjoy saying Oh, “don’t do this” and “don’t do that.” All these teenagers across America are probably going to hate me for trying to stop them from having fun. Hopefully in the sequel.
Rolling Out Magazine: What was it like working with Chloe? Anything in particular that you learned from her? I mean, she’s so young.
Morris: She’s very young, you know, I have a daughter that’s her age, so it was really easy for me to relate. She was a great professional and has great talent. And you know, from just watching her work at it, I had a great time. I watched the first one and I was a huge fan. I was scared, because I thought she might kick my ass. (He laughs)
The Sentinel: Do you learn anything new about yourself, when you play these roles, this role in particular?
Morris: This role, I kind of had, I definitely had it down as I said my daughter’s the same age. I think that actually helped me get the role because I could really really relate to what the character was going through and what her character was going through to a certain degree.
Grio: You were recently at the Essence Festival. You talked about being a dark-skinned actor and how it’s kind of difficult getting into the scene. And in this movie, you’re actually like the guardian of a White girl. Was that significant to you at all?
Morris: When they asked me that question, people thought that I was relating that to today, but I was relating that to when I first started out. Many years ago when I was starting out, it was more about Prince or Michael Jackson and all that. And it really wasn’t until Wesley came onto the scene, you know, he had a sex scene in “Mo’better Blues” that really kind of turned the corner for darker-skinned men. Just to clarify for everyone who misunderstood what I’m saying: not now, 20 years ago (he laughs).
Kick-Ass 2 is in theaters Friday, August 16, 2013.