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Matthew Vaughn Tells Mr. Beaks How He Plans To KICK-ASS At Comic Con!

Modesty does not exist in KICK-ASS' dojo. It's all right there on the cover of the first issue: "The Greatest Superhero Book of All Time Is Finally Here!" So why should anything change now that it's a film? Though director Matthew Vaughn isn't boasting that he's made "The Greatest Superhero Movie of All Time" or anything crazy like that, he is extremely confident that his adaptation of the Mark Millar/John Romita Jr. comic book series is singular, massively entertaining, and, most importantly, violent as fuck. The independently-produced film stars Aaron Johnson as Dave Lizewski, an unpopular high school student who up and decides to become a costumed crimefighter called "Kick-Ass". Sounds like a goofy teen comedy or an escapist yarn straight out of the '80s Amblin playbook, right? Try SPIDER-MAN crossed with DEATH WISH - only Dave isn't avenging much of anything (his mother's dead, but she was felled by an aneurism), and he's not very good at the "fighting" part of crimefighting (which nearly gets him killed in the early going). But he's got moxie. And a lead pipe. And when his second feat of derring-do hits YouTube, Kick-Ass suddenly becomes a worldwide phenomenon. Dave's rise to fame draws the attention of a truly effective masked vigilante duo in Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz), aka Damon and Mindy Macready. They're a father-daughter team: Damon is in his forties; Mindy is eleven. But they're both stone-cold killers, and they're out to take down ruthless mob boss Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong) - whose son, Chris (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), also gets into the superhero business as Kick-Ass's sidekick, Red Mist. You may think you know where this is going, but Vaughn and Goldman (following Millar's lead) consistently defy expectations along the way. KICK-ASS was enormously entertaining as a screenplay, but its lightness of tone was so completely at odds with its graphic, John Woo-esque bloodletting that I couldn't help but worry that it might fail to make sense visually. I still haven't seen a frame of footage, but the fact that a recent test audience flipped for the film is heartening. Recruited audiences generally have a low tolerance for anything that's not pitched right down the middle, so if they responded strongly to something this offbeat, Vaughn's surely got the goods. We'll get a better sense of what's up with KICK-ASS on Thursday, July 23rd at 5:45 PM, when Vaughn screens select scenes from the film for 7,000 rabid geeks at Comic Con. As I said last week, this is a unique make-or-break situation for the San Diego Convention Center's hangar-sized Hall H. The fate of this movie is riding on the fans' reaction. Will they be capable of registering awe two hours after James Cameron does his nasty thing with their eyeballs during the AVATAR panel? When you put it like that, even Vaughn has to wonder if he's fucked. Fortunately, he loves his movie - and thinks you will, too.

Matthew Vaughn: I'm nervous. I don't even know when the bloody thing is coming out. I always look at FIGHT CLUB, and how that was getting all of this press and attention. Then they push it back, and it dies due to being released at the wrong time.

Beaks: But FIGHT CLUB was, from the beginning, a studio production. KICK-ASS is independent, correct?

Vaughn: (Proudly) 100%. This is the most independent film I've made since LOCK, STOCK [AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS].

Beaks: But you're partnered with Plan B. Has their involvement been helpful?

Vaughn: Plan B got on board because I sent it to Pitt [with whom Vaughn had previously worked on SNATCH]. I was so scared. Basically, all of the studios said no to the film. And so quickly. It was weird. I got a hold of some of the studios' coverage for the project, and the coverage was fantastic. So it was a strange that they gave it good coverage but wouldn't engage in the process of even asking what I would do with the film. There was just this knee-jerk reaction to it - which, in a way, is understandable. The film breaks a lot of taboos, and has certain elements that, if you're a studio executive, might make you think, "Why in the hell would we make a film like this?" One thing I don't think anyone got from the script was how humorous and fun it is. It was hard to understand the tone and the humor and the style of what I was going for. It was very similar to the beginning of the journey for LOCK, STOCK, where nobody got the script. They were like, "Is it a gangster film, is it a comedy? What is this? We don't get it! We're not making it!" So we thought "Fair enough. Screw you guys, we're going to go off and make it." We just test screened [KICK-ASS] three days ago, and I can genuinely say what LOCK, STOCK did for gangster movies, we're doing for comic book/superhero films.

Beaks: You know, when I read the script for KICK-ASS, my first reaction was, "Oh, my god! This is great! But how in the hell are they going to get away with this?"

Vaughn: Well, the good news is I think we pulled it off. I don't want to sound too arrogant about the thing because there's nothing worse than someone saying, "I made the best damn movie of all time!", then you watch it, and you go, "Yeah..." I can say this... not that it means much... but it's definitely the best movie I've ever made. That doesn't mean it's a great film. But, for me, I think I punched above my weight.

Beaks: But LAYER CAKE's a great film, so that's saying something.

Vaughn: You know, I'm very proud of LAYER CAKE because I had no fucking idea what I was doing when I decided to direct it. LAYER CAKE is quite a conventional movie. I based it on all the '70s thrillers that I loved. KICK-ASS is like nothing else that I've ever done - or a lot of other people have. I remember when we made LOCK, STOCK, and looking at Guy going, "You fucking dude! You've made a fucking great film! This is so exciting!" It was so much fun waiting to see the reaction of an audience to LOCK, STOCK in England. We thought, "They may hate it, but if they get it, they'll really get it." And I think KICK-ASS is a movie that I can guarantee you will either 100% think is a pile of dog shit, or you're going to love it. There will be no in-between reaction to the film. It's going to be one or the other.

Beaks: That's the reaction I figured the film would engender after I read the script. Honestly, it struck me as the strangest hybrid of SPIDER-MAN and DEATH WISH. The vigilante aspect of it was just so hardcore.

Vaughn: I used to love DEATH WISH as a kid.

Beaks: Well, yeah, so did I.

Vaughn: It's funny you say that, because with LAYER CAKE and STARDUST, people would watch the films and talk about a reference. And they'd always name one of my favorite films. And I go, "Fuck! That must've fazed me." It's quite extraordinary the influence the movies you see as a kid... I think it's very hard to disassociate those memories and not be affected by them. It's funny you say DEATH WISH. The idea of DEATH WISH in this movie has never occurred to me until you said that just now. But there is definitely some similarity.

Beaks: I can tell you the exact moment I flashed on DEATH WISH. It's the moment when he pulls out the lead pipe. That reminded me of Kersey whipping out the sock filled with quarters.

Vaughn: Yeah. (Laughs)

Beaks: It's his first act of violence. And as it's happening, you're thinking "Crap, this is for real!" I think that's one of the most striking things about KICK-ASS: it's a superhero movie that is, on many levels, for real.

Vaughn: There's nothing in this film that couldn't happen. Some of the actions sequences are... you know, we're making a movie, so I pushed the boundaries as far as I could. There are a few moments you'd maybe pull off one in a million times if you were doing it for real. But I tried to ground this as much in reality without it being a documentary.

Beaks: Making this without studio involvement, did that force you to compromise anything creatively? Did you have to lose anything because it might've been too big [for the budget]?

Vaughn: It's funny you say that. My only advice to filmmakers now is "If you don't have any studio involvement, if you have less financial reward or choices... take the less money route. You'll have the time of your life." I had so much fun making this movie. There have been no politics to deal with. I'm not getting notes saying, "Could you make it happy?" or "Could you make it sad?", and then you end up in some horrible nowhere land. There are certain sequences that, if I had a little more money and a little more time, would be better. But there are also sequences that are a lot better because I didn't have the money or time, so we had to think of a way of shooting it quickly, and that made it better.

Beaks: I'm sure the reduced budget put a major emphasis on getting the casting right.

Vaughn: I nearly postponed the movie for a year because I couldn't find Dave. I just couldn't find Kick-Ass. It was a Friday morning, and I said to the guys, "We're going back to London tonight, and we're postponing the movie until we figure out who's playing Dave." Then Mr. Aaron Johnson came in, who, mark my words, is going to be a huge movie star. I just saw NOWHERE BOY, where he plays John Lennon, and it is a ten-out-of-ten performance. The whole film is fantastic, but he is phenomenal in it. I actually feel like a juvenile moron for what I did to that kid compared to what he does in that film.

Beaks: What sort of qualities does he bring to the character?

Vaughn: He has that charisma where you believe every word he says. He can also stand in front of the camera and say nothing, but you still want to watch him. He's fun. The actor I think he'll become is Robert Downey, Jr. He's very similar to him.

Beaks: That's high praise. I imagine the other tricky piece of casting was finding Mindy/Hit Girl. That's the one character I need to see in action before I believe it can be done.

Vaughn: Okay. When you watch it... I will bet you any amount of money you want... anything at any odds... I'll give you a million-to-one odds if you want... that you will a) fall in love with her, b) buy her, and c) think, "My god, I just saw the Jodie Foster/Natalie Portman of this generation."

Beaks: (Laughing) I love that you're calling your shot. This is so refreshing.

Vaughn: I really mean that. That's the one thing. If this movie was STAR WARS, she'd be Han Solo.

Beaks: I love that one of the first images we've seen is her pointing the gun straight at the camera like Clint Eastwood on the poster of MAGNUM FORCE.

Vaughn: You know your good movies. Maybe I'm cynical about the film industry, but it's quite hard to have discussions with people in Hollywood and talk about movies that were made [prior to 2000]. I grew up on '70s and '80s movies, and, to me, that's it: Dirty Harry.

Beaks: So are you infusing the superhero film with a 1970s grittiness?

Vaughn: Sort of. My DP [Ben Davis], who's great, wanted to shoot it a bit grittier, but I've actually gone for a high, glossy, colorful palette. I said this needs to look like SPIDER-MAN. It needs to look like this big, glossy American movie, even though we haven't got $200 million. We made sure we used these new anamorphic lenses. I think they're the G series. They're unbelievable. For me, that makes the movie more like... "What the fuck is going on?" It's what the characters are doing and what the action is, but shot in a style of the big Hollywood films that you're used to. For me, I thought that if I shot it grittily, you'd then expect gritty shit to happen. So I thought let's do the opposite; let's make it glossy, so you could easily see these characters in SPIDER-MAN. but it's like "What would happen if Spider-Man were in the real world?"

Beaks: There are a lot of people who aren't used to seeing comic book movies with a good deal of blood in them. So when WATCHMEN came out, it kind of blew their minds. That film also had a very clean look, and I think mainstream audiences had a hard time wrapping their minds around that. Now that you're testing the film, are you running into people comparing it to WATCHMEN?

Vaughn: No. The test scores... I'm not even going to tell you what they were because you wouldn't believe me. They were just phenomenal. And two of the things that were singled out for praise was that it was unique - it was like nothing anyone had seen before - and that it was fun. I think the difference between WATCHMEN and KICK-ASS is... I mean, I thought WATCHMEN as a piece of filmmaking was exquisite; I thought Zack Snyder did stuff that was jaw-droppingly brilliant. My only criticism of it was that I thought it was a little too faithful to the structure of the comic. It just felt episodic; the narrative drive wasn't working. That's the one thing I would've changed. But it was very serious, WATCHMEN, and [KICK-ASS] isn't. It hasn't got a serious bone in its body, to be frank. But it ain't a spoof or a comedy either. When I say it's not serious, I mean it's meant to be fun. Someone described it as "Teenage Tarantino". And as much as I'd love to think I could walk on that man's coattails, that a description that made me smile.

Beaks: But that's appropriate. You are calling back the iconography of all of these superhero movies. It's that magpie approach to genre. You borrow a little from this film, and a little from that film. So if people are then saying it's unique, well, that's very Tarantino.

Vaughn: I hope so. You'll have to watch the film and tell me yourself. That's the weird thing: we're discussing the film, and you haven't seen it.

Beaks: Yeah, you're getting me all fired up.

Vaughn: Well, I'm excited. I really am.

Beaks: Just to eliminate any doubt: this is an R-rated film?

Vaughn: Yes. Although we've got no sex in it. I don't quite understand the ratings system in America. Apparently, I can say to you, "I'm going to fuck you up bad tonight!", and you'll get a PG-13. But if I say, "I wanna fuck you bad tonight!", you get an R. I was scratching my head at that one when I found that out.

Beaks: But there is actually viscera being exploded across the screen, right? I remember this passage from the script: "The viewing window is decorated with Danil's insides." If there are images like that in your movie, then I think you've got an R.

Vaughn: There are. (Laughs)

Beaks: Good.

Vaughn: I mean, I've held back on some of it. It's funny: we're doing the blood at the moment with visual effects, and I'm struggling to make a decision. I have one idea that we'll take the drawings from the comic and do the blood like that; we'll make it very cartoony, comic book blood. Then I looked at it, and... it looked really cool in the stabbing and stuff, but afterwards, you were like, "What does that mean? Is there comic book blood on the floor?" These are a few things which I probably should've made a decision on before I shot it. (Laughs)

Beaks: How are you going to incorporate the animated scenes we've been hearing about?

Vaughn: Basically, there's a scene where it's the backstory of how Mindy and Damon become Big Daddy and Hit Girl. I was just looking at it, and I was like, "Fuck, I'm going to have to get someone who looks like a young Cage, and then a two-year-old and a four-year-old Mindy. And then I'm going to have to shoot in fifteen or sixteen different locations. This is going to cost a fortune!" And then we came up with this premise where Big Daddy is brainwashing Hit Girl into thinking all of this is fine [by drawing] all of the gangsters as comic books. That's her life: reading comic books. And Big Daddy is also a comic book artist; he makes his money drawing comic books. So Mark and I had this idea where... he draws the Big Daddy and Hit Girl comic, which he gives to her to read. And what happens is another character finds this comic and reads it. It's not going to be animated like a cartoon or a manga. John has drawn the comic which the character would've drawn, and we're just going to give it a 3-D look with a little movement. It should look cool. I haven't seen it yet. We're working on it at the moment. But we're not trying to do a KILL BILL moment. It should have a very different feel to it. I hope. (Laughs)

Beaks: : One of the things readers of the comic are wondering is how you're going to complete the arc of the story.

Vaughn: Look, Mark is smart and organized. When he pitched it to me, he had the first comic with an outline of all the other seven comics. He had two-page synopses of each one. And when I saw that, I said, "Fuck! I've got the movie in my head, and I'm going to change this, this and that." And he said, "That's a great idea; that'll work in the comic", and, "That wouldn't work in the comic." They're as faithful to each other as could be possible so that the comic is good and the movie is good. But they have similar endings.

Beaks: : You know, after seeing how he's used in YEAR ONE and thinking about what he'll be doing in KICK-ASS, it occurs to me that Christopher Mintz-Plasse might have a future in villainy.

Vaughn: The thing about Red Mist is that his dad is the baddie in this film. We've got Mark Strong, who's fucking great by the way. I think Mark is going to have his Tim Roth moment in the sense that... I was living in L.A. at the time when RESERVOIR DOGS came out, and I remember hearing a lot about this new American actor named Tim Roth. And I was like, "Oh, really?" (Laughs) But the thing about Red Mist is that he's not as black-and-white as a villain. He's a comic book lover as well, so he has a lot in common with Dave. And every time he's hanging out with him, they're enjoying it. When they put on Danny Elfman music as they're driving Mist Mobile, they're both living the dream. You sort of like him. You do get to hating him because he screws him over, but you do like him.

Beaks: So what about the release date? Do you have any idea where this might land on the calendar?

Vaughn: It depends. I might do a screening at my house on Christmas Day for my family and friends, and say, "How's this for the world's most expensive home video of all time?" But there's been a lot of interest now from the studios. I think they're understanding that... I don't want to tempt fate, but I would say we'll probably copy the 300 model of watching it for the first time at Comic Con, fingers crossed people like what they see, and, if they do, build off of that and release in the first quarter of next year during spring break.

Beaks: I love that Comic Con has become a geek film festival of sorts.

Vaughn: Well, I've never been! And I can't wait! I was meant to go three different times, but failed. I was meant to go for X-MEN 3, then that failed. Then I was meant to go for THOR. And also STARDUST. So fourth time lucky. (Laughs) I've got no idea what to expect. It's funny, but I'm both thrilled and bummed out that AVATAR is on earlier than us. I'm thrilled because I'm going to try to sneak in and see some of it, but at the same time I'm thinking, "How in the hell is anyone going to take notice of us when you've got AVATAR playing?" You know, the thing about this movie - and this is why I was adamant about launching at Comic Con - is that ultimately any one of the 7,000 guys who are watching that footage [in Hall H at Comic Con] could be the lead in this film. This is a movie about people who love comics. And that's another thing: I've seen a lot of very good trailers over the last few years turn into pretty lousy movies. So we're not doing the big trailer. I'm just going to show some scenes. It's just like, "Here you go! The scenes aren't finished, they're straight off the AVID, but... here are some scenes. And hopefully you'll like the scenes enough to then want to see more when we get the bloody film finished!" (Laughs)

Beaks: I think that's the way to go. I think that's what Guillermo del Toro would call "Showing your dick."

Vaughn: Well, they might need a magnifying glass, but there you go.

Beaks: So if the film takes off, have you already thought about franchise possibilities? How would you continue the story?

Vaughn: This is the annoying thing. I don't want to tempt fate. But Mark and I over a couple of beers came up with one of the funniest, coolest idea for a sequel that we would only be able to get away with if the film does well. We'd sort of dial it up to eleven, shall we say. (Laughs)

Beaks: Well, if these kids take off like you say they're going to, you'll be paying them three times as much as you did on the first movie.

Vaughn: Which means fuck all still.

Beaks: (Laughs) Really?

Vaughn: (Laughing) Yeah. They didn't get paid a lot. Neither did I. It really was a labor of love.

Beaks: But it sounds like it was worth it.

Vaughn: It's really got me so excited about being a director. It was just so fun. It's how films should be. Films should be about taking risks and pushing boundaries. The problem with the film business is that it's become too homogenized. Wait until you see Cage in this. It's like he's gone back to the WILD AT HEART/RAISING ARIZONA days.

Beaks: He's that unhinged?

Vaughn: In a different way.He's done a cool-as-hell performance. I really mean this. I wish I could just start screening the movie for everyone, but I've got to finish the bloody thing!

Personally, I think Vaughn should commandeer one of those multiplex screens in the Gaslamp District on Thursday night and show the whole goddamn movie. But the Hall H footage will suffice. For now. Faithfully submitted, Mr. Beaks

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  • July 13, 2009, 2:36 a.m. CST

    Sounds cool

    by Nachokoolaid

  • July 13, 2009, 2:38 a.m. CST

    So, should I read this GN?

    by Nachokoolaid

    The premise sounds pretty good.

  • July 13, 2009, 2:39 a.m. CST

    Anyone here?

    by Nachokoolaid

    Just me and the bots, huh? Just like THE ZONE. You all should check it out. It beats these TALKBACKS, that's for damn sure.

  • July 13, 2009, 2:39 a.m. CST

    I really can't see how they'll market this


    I've not read the comic but it seems like a hard sell to the public? Anyway, looking forward to the eventual trailers.

  • July 13, 2009, 2:39 a.m. CST


    by Nachokoolaid

  • July 13, 2009, 2:42 a.m. CST

    A preview for a preview!

    by Ribbons

    Nice. Actually that was a pretty good read.

  • July 13, 2009, 2:42 a.m. CST

    And isn't it refreshing?...

    by Nachokoolaid

    Isn't it refreshing to get to a talkback without all those damn "FIRST" posts everywhere. Reminds me of the comfort of THE ZONE.

  • July 13, 2009, 2:44 a.m. CST

    You know you want to...

    by Nachokoolaid

    You know you want to. You know you're curious. Go ahead. Click that fifth link in the banner at the top of the page. The Zone is the path to enlightenment.

  • July 13, 2009, 2:47 a.m. CST


    by Papalazeru

    To say Nacho that the zone does enlighten. But there may be some cheese.

  • July 13, 2009, 3 a.m. CST

    Now I've read it all


    That was a good interview, Beaks. The man certainly knows how to get you excited to see the movie.<p>I liked both Layer Cake and Stardust so I'm looking forward to this one, even though I can't yet get my head around the concept.

  • July 13, 2009, 3:02 a.m. CST


    by Nachokoolaid

    I was going to call you an asshole, but I started nibbling some string cheese instead. Well played.

  • July 13, 2009, 3:09 a.m. CST

    how about some spoiler warnings?

    by edlane1975

    you revealed things that haven't even been revealed in the comic yet! i would have steered clear had i known. thanks.

  • July 13, 2009, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Mmmmm String cheese

    by Papalazeru

    Almost as good as Jarlsberg cheese on a nice slice of toast. When it comes to cheese, I'm in THE ZONE.

  • July 13, 2009, 3:14 a.m. CST


    by mrbeaks

    I did? I haven't read beyond the first issue of the comic, but I stayed out of the third act of the script. I'm sorry, man.

  • July 13, 2009, 3:25 a.m. CST

    The fact that this was rushed to be a movie

    by Dingbatty

    so quickly before anyone had the chance to discover if it were worthy or not, is all you need to know. Nothing but love for JRjr.'s art, but the story is garbage.

  • July 13, 2009, 3:54 a.m. CST

    " It's really got me so excited....

    by DOGSOUP

    about being a director. " Those are refreshing words. The weight they carry alone from being a self-made movie means no matter what this film is, it's not anything we're used to at all. "Could you make it happy?" doesn't live here. I'm on board fully now.

  • July 13, 2009, 4:35 a.m. CST


    by CharlesThomasMathews1978

    He did a fantastic job with Layer Cake and I think that the Bond producers are fucking morons for not tapping Vaughn to do one of these especially since Layer Cake was the movie that put Daniel Craig on the map. But then the Bond producers have ALWAYS been fucking morons. Bringing back Martin Campbell was the best idea they've have had in ages and it produced, in my mind, the best Bond movie made in years. Why are they so adverse to hiring quality Directors like Danny Boyle, David Yates or even Ridley Scott never mind the dozens of great non-British Directors across the planet?!?

  • July 13, 2009, 5:09 a.m. CST

    The "Fight Club" Of Comic Book Films

    by Media Messiah

    This is that film. "Wanted" was made to be that, in comic book form, but when the filmmakers changed it into something else, The Matrix meets Hitman, the creator of the book clearly created "Kick Ass" as a back-up for his original vision, hoping that it would one day reach film screens, his version of Fight Club, as vectored through the comic book genre, and then into the form of a film. This is The Fight Club of comic book films, have no doubt, now spread the word!!!

  • July 13, 2009, 5:36 a.m. CST

    what exactly did LSATSB do for gangster films

    by southafricanguy

    that Resovoir dogs and Pulp Fiction did nt do? I thought it was entertaining, but it was so riding on the coat tails of Tarantino, so Vaughn should really stop carrying on like it was some kind of ground breaking film for the gangster genre. Stardust was ok, well made and some what entertaining imho, but at the same time it felt like one of those movies you forget 30 mins after you watch it, and you just wonder what the was the whole point of the film. I have nt seen Layer Cake so I have no comment there, but based on the things this dude has been involved in so not impressed. That said, the concept of this does sound like it could be promising. Will check this out and finally see what all the hubbub about the comic is....

  • July 13, 2009, 6:26 a.m. CST

    The Zone

    by Fried Gold

    Nachokoolaid, I am intrigued by this "The Zone" and would like to know more. Is there a link to it?

  • July 13, 2009, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Fried Gold, ask and you shall receive...

    by Nachokoolaid

    Behold, THE ZONE: <p>

  • July 13, 2009, 6:42 a.m. CST

    Who cares? AVATAR panel is all that matters

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • July 13, 2009, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Oh, and the Visionaries panel with Cameron

    by kwisatzhaderach

    and Jackson. Should be interesting stuff. Somebody better youtube it all!!!

  • July 13, 2009, 6:55 a.m. CST

    What did Lock, Stock do for gangster movies?

    by Laserhead

    Turn them into poseur-fests?

  • July 13, 2009, 7:03 a.m. CST

    southafricanguy, LAYER CAKE IS A GOOD MOVIE, CHECK IT OUT...

    by CharlesThomasMathews1978

    Forget about those Guy Richie piece's of shit. LC was a very slick, well written and well made film. Nothing groundbreaking but very solid.

  • July 13, 2009, 7:08 a.m. CST

    How have you not read past the 1st ish?

    by Urall Luzers

    The book is the shit. I have no idea how you can read that 1st issue & not wanna know what happens next. I mean, he gets the shit kicked outta him, slammed by a car & is left in a pool of his own blood. Come on, man

  • July 13, 2009, 7:10 a.m. CST

    Charlesthomas.....thanks dude, will do....

    by southafricanguy

  • July 13, 2009, 7:11 a.m. CST


    by TITBAG


  • July 13, 2009, 7:13 a.m. CST

    kwis....hows it going my friend. yeah, you are.

    by southafricanguy

    so damn right about that visionaries panel, nevermind the avatar panel on thursday. Cant wait for next week....and im not even going to be dont fail me !

  • July 13, 2009, 7:20 a.m. CST

    edlane1975-there are no spoilers if u have read the comic

    by sHapesHiftinLizard

    at least if you've read all 6 issues so far. Issue 7 is out the last week of July btw. Great comic, hopefully will make a great movie. If you have not read the comic there are spoilers you probably wouldn't want to know, ie Red Mist stuff.

  • July 13, 2009, 7:27 a.m. CST

    That book's on such a slow schedule...

    by Urall Luzers

    it's hard 2 remember if you read part of the story in the book itself or on the internet somwhere.

  • July 13, 2009, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Modesty does not exist in KICK-ASS' dojo

    by Buzz_Aldrin

    From the opening line straight through to the interview with lines like "Yeah, well, me too." Beaks cements his position as the worst fuckhead around these parts of the internet. What a douchebag.

  • July 13, 2009, 7:31 a.m. CST

    My god, just finished reading this shit

    by Buzz_Aldrin

    "I love that you're calling your shot. This is so refreshing."<p> "So are you infusing the superhero film with a 1970s grittiness?"<p> Matthew Vaughn: "I'm nervous. I don't even know when the bloody thing is coming out." [...] Beaks: "So what about the release date? Do you have any idea where this might land on the calendar?"<p> Why is this fucking guy not out of a job? A monkey could do this with more sophistication.

  • July 13, 2009, 7:39 a.m. CST

    what LOCK, STOCK did for gangster movies...

    by MorganLeafy

    we're doing for comic book/superhero films. So we're getting a slightly derivative, pseudo-cool superhero movie?

  • July 13, 2009, 7:53 a.m. CST


    by CharlesThomasMathews1978

    So why did you abandon CHUD Clarence? Got tired of having to submit every piece of information to Faraci so he could do the write up on the front page and take the credit?

  • July 13, 2009, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Ode to the Independent Film

    by greyspecter

    What a refreshing idea. Freedom to pursue your own ambitions and preferences. Much like conservatism.

  • July 13, 2009, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Gonna be like WATCHMEN

    by timmer33

    Everyone was jizzing about WATCHMEN, but it ended up disappointing. A rental at best. 6/10 *maybe*. </p> </b>KICKASS is gonna get all you fanboys excited and waiting for the greatest movie of the decade, and it'll be yet another dud. I love me some Nic Cage though. That guy's da bomb!

  • July 13, 2009, 9:04 a.m. CST


    by CharlesThomasMathews1978

    That woman is absolutely stunning and Jonathan Ross is a lucky bastardo :)

  • July 13, 2009, 9:24 a.m. CST

    God this sounds so tired

    by drturing

    Tarantino-esque. Lock Stock. Superheroes.An 11 year old assassin (Leon). It's the fucking year 2009 man.

  • July 13, 2009, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Stardust btw was the worst piece of shit i've ever seen

    by drturing

    Not even Don Murphy can fuck up Neil Gaiman like Vaughn. Stardust felt so damn phony, with no atmosphere or authenticity.

  • July 13, 2009, 9:27 a.m. CST

    BTW one of the highest test screening movies ever was

    by drturing

    the long kiss goodnight.

  • July 13, 2009, 10:13 a.m. CST


    by Jennifer_Eccles

    Turner & Hooch!!

  • July 13, 2009, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Oh great, Comic Con is here...zzzzzz

    by Photoman

    For you new to AICN...everything you'll experience at this site will center around Comic Con for the next 4 months after they tell you all about the sneak peeks they get, the cast and crew joking with the Q&A's and blah blah blah. All you'll see now is Comic Con Comic Con Comic Con Comic Con Comic Con Comic Con Comic Con Comic Con Comic Con Comic Con. Non-stop. Hey, you've been warned.

  • July 13, 2009, 10:46 a.m. CST

    That girl has a triangle face

    by D.Vader

    I don't recall seeing a face that angular before.

  • July 13, 2009, 10:52 a.m. CST


    by CharlesThomasMathews1978

    The photography was very poor and didn't create anything in the way of atmosphere unlike the LOTR trilogy, the Harry Potter films since Azkaban or even Del Toro's flicks. It also didn’t help that the leads were fucking TERRIBLE. Hollywood, PLEASE stop casting Claire Danes. I know some of you have the delusion that My So Called Life was a good TV show but it was, in fact, complete shit and this woman has been riding on the success of Romeo & Juliet for 13 year now. She is a zero charisma non entity. The same goes for that annoying douchebag that they cast as the male lead, Charlie Cox.<br> <br>Why is it whenever Hollywood makes a movie they always have the most worthless assholes playing the lead characters while all the great actors are in supporting roles. It’s the same thing with Pirates of the Carribean. Every single supporting character is played by fantastic actors while the main protagonists are those two dipshits Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly. Is it impossible to find people who are both good looking, actually have some personality and can genuinely act?

  • July 13, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Beaks "I still haven't seen a frame of footage"

    by Immortal_Fish

    But, Beaks... You posted three pictures. Those should count!

  • July 13, 2009, 12:17 p.m. CST


    by Cobbio

    Thanks, Beaks! Great interview. I give Matthew Vaughn all the credit in the world for taking R-rated risks outside studio control. It's heartening and I bet the film will more than live up to its title.<p> Thank God some directors are deciding to make films this way. It's risky, I know, but hopefully "Avatar" will whet ComicCon people's appetites for even more R-rated goodness. I can't imagine it wouldn't.<p> Plus, I'm very interested to see Aaron Johnson and this young, early Portman-esque actress. Pretty high praise. And I dug the "Magnum Force" shot of hers that Beaks posted.<p> I wish Vaughn luck!

  • July 13, 2009, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Nicholas Cage unhindged

    by Series7

    Hopefully something else happens in the book that we don't know because as of what I've read there isn't much for Cage's character to go nutty about.

  • July 13, 2009, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Claire Danes

    by Series7

    Always has a looked on her face that says either: A) I pooped my pants. <P> or <P> B) I just stepped in a big pile of shit I just pooped out. <P> Take your pic.

  • July 13, 2009, 1:27 p.m. CST

    wHollyweird, please keep casting

    by Dingbatty

    Michelle Pfeiffer, though.

  • July 13, 2009, 2:32 p.m. CST

    beaks is a terrible

    by MajorCharlesRayne


  • July 13, 2009, 3:41 p.m. CST

    That costume

    by DennisMM

    is supposed to be a pathetic effort by a color-blind teenager, right? Never saw this addressed anywhere.

  • July 13, 2009, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Damn, this movie sounds desperate

    by lockesbrokenleg

    It's like that whiny kid in school we all knew and hated.

  • July 13, 2009, 4:41 p.m. CST

    The reason the studios won't touch it...

    by CopOnTheEdge violence by or done to CHILDREN. Same thing with Trick 'r' Treat...unreleasable, permanently shelved because there's a guy who's carving up kids. You don't touch God and you don't touch kids.

  • July 13, 2009, 4:43 p.m. CST

    When I read this script...

    by CopOnTheEdge

    ...I couldn't help but think that there was no way this would work on screen. It didn't establish any kind of true reality that I could see buying on screen. But I liked Stardust so I'm willing to give it a try. The script does have some cool reveals, though, like the reveal of what's in the box. (hint: it's not Gwynnie's head)

  • July 13, 2009, 6:36 p.m. CST

    I've been holding off on the GN...

    by TedKordLives

    ...since Millar is pretty much telling the story I'VE always wanted to tell, but I AM excited about this movie. Hopefully, the screening will generate enough interest to find the movie a distributor.

  • July 13, 2009, 7:18 p.m. CST

    god vaughn is arrogant

    by mynemaborat

    i hope the movie flops just to take him down a peg

  • July 13, 2009, 8:47 p.m. CST


    by Cobbio

    mynemaborat, you wrote, "god vaughn is arrogant."<p> This was your impression? Really? Because I got the exact opposite impression. To me he seems fairly honest and genuine and humble. Unlike certain other filmmakers who deliver pile of shit after pile of shit, he seems interested in doing his best and trying new things. That's not arrogant, in my opinion. That's creative.

  • July 13, 2009, 9:16 p.m. CST


    by Nachokoolaid

    That's because THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT is badass. If this is evne close to as good as that, I'll be pleased. <p> Fuck the haters, TLKG is one of the best movies ever. <p> Am I laying it on too thick? Perhaps, but it is a really fun film.

  • July 13, 2009, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Were were just talking about The Long Kiss Goodnight

    by Nachokoolaid

    in THE ZONE.

  • July 13, 2009, 9:38 p.m. CST

    This is my number 1 movie to see...ever

    by Frodo T. Baggins

  • July 13, 2009, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Cobbio.....i dont know if Vauhn is arrogant

    by southafricanguy

    but both he and Ritchie do seem to have an inflated sense of self-importance. The way they both go on about LSATSB as if it was some kind of ground breaking re-invention of a genre is I think what gives many the impression of arrogance. Imho, neither of these two have really proven themselves. Ritchie is a one trick pony as far as I can see (how many Tarantino style British gangster movies do we need exactly?)who took huge advantage of the style of filmaking Tarantino brought to people's attention in the 90s. It will be interesting to see if he can actually do something different with Sherlock Holmes. Vaughn has nt impressed me as imho Stardust was pretty forgettable. Vaughn comes across just fine in that interview, I dont think arrogant, but as I said him and Ritchie do seem to thin k a little too highly of themselves. Now Danny Boyle, theres a damn talented British director (sunshine and LLO aside...)

  • July 14, 2009, 1:03 a.m. CST


    by blakindigo

    When "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" was released it was only 4 years after "Pulp Fiction" won a gob of awards and became a touchstone for the 'Cinema of Cool' and their cultural impact (geezus, to much alliteration in that sentence). So, for a British film to tap into and maintain it's unique p.o.v., while making a dent in the international box office, made it a big accomplishment.<br><br>The movie seemed to usher in the revival of the British gangster film and both Vaughn and Ritchie were the poster boys for that movement. I don't think they were arrogant, more like they relished the attention they deserved, considering the major achievement that film represented.<br><br>

  • July 14, 2009, 1:07 a.m. CST

    I can't wait to watch this.

    by ParagonComplex

    Damn I love the comic book. If he did the comic justice then this is going to be one hell of a ride.

  • July 14, 2009, 3:11 a.m. CST

    Hey Asimov..hows it going man? Long time no

    by southafricanguy

    see around here. Yes you are right about the arrogance, but there is a difference between that and making outlandish claims "will do for comic book movies what LSATSB did for gangster movies.." thant make you look like an egotistical tool. Blakindigo...sorry my friend,it does nt wash with me. Ok, so it was an acheivement for the British film industry, that does nt excuse it being so derivative of Tarantino's films. Thats like saying that its ok to make an entertaining but nothing special movie (nothing wrong with that) and claim it to be revolutionary just because it was produced in another countires film industry and had a pov of that culture?

  • July 14, 2009, 3:15 a.m. CST

    thats like me claiming District 9 will be revolu

    by southafricanguy

    tionary because it will be an achievement for the south african fil industry and becos it will retain a south african pov. District 9 looks really cool, and could be a damn good movie, but I cant claim it to be revolutionary because of that. Though I will admit to personally really not liking Ritchies films. For me every character is just too cool, and like annoying poseurs, and his movies have a smug self-knowing quality like "yeah we re cool and we know it"...imho...

  • July 14, 2009, 3:17 a.m. CST

    And while i found stardust to be quite forgetta

    by southafricanguy

    ble (it flopped for a reason) im willing to give Vaughn the benefit of the doubt as he is at least trying interesting things, and he does nt just keep doing the same shit over and over (ala Mr Madoona). Plus as I said this sounds like a really cool concept..Hope its as violent and funny as he says...

  • July 14, 2009, 3:43 a.m. CST

    AsimovLives: "The Long Kiss Goodnight" Is A Great Film

    by Media Messiah

    You have been misled. Renny Harlin made two great films, Die Hard 2 and "The Long Kiss Goodnight", the rest are a mess, but Long Kiss Goodnight is a great film and a lost treasure.

  • July 14, 2009, 4:10 a.m. CST

    I Liked Stardust

    by Media Messiah

    It started slow and scattered...but became very imaginative and sweeping. Stardust is a dreamy adult fairytale that keeps you guessing at almost every turn, and that is the fun of the movie. I loved it in ways that the over-bloated and cold Lord of The Rings just did not deliver emotionally and adventure wise. I feel, however, if they were going to make Stardust an adult fairytale, they should have gone all the way, and included graphic sex, and nudity, and gone for a hard R, well, at least BBC style sex and nudity. That said, it is a very original film, and which takes us through familiar genre fantasy realms, but places an creative twist on them which you have never quite seen before. This is what the deeply overhyped, and bland, Princess Bride should have been, but wasn't, and isn't.<BR><BR>Lastly, in a bit of disappointing news, I must say that the male lead was miscast. He was lacking something, although a very good actor? They needed a more suitable male lead in place of him...but despite this flaw, and several others, the film had a handsome and artistically refreshing, pulse. It seemed like an independent foreign art film with a blockbuster budget, and the truth is, the independent, foreign, and art films being produced these days, are now largely the best films in release...and that has been true of the last decade, plus. Look at this summer's line-up of films, from Wolverine and Star Trek, to Terminator Salvation, Angels & Demons, and Transformers, simply said--they have all sucked!!! Stardust is better than all of those films combined, and that is really saying something about its richly original quality control, and the lack of quality controls for those other films!!!!!

  • July 14, 2009, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Media Messiah, no.

    by MorganLeafy

    Harlin's best is Cliffhanger.

  • July 14, 2009, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Well, "Lock, Stock…" isn't revolutionary, but it IS

    by blakindigo

    entertaining. I'm not sure I understand your point though—each film is marketed and promoted to sell the specific audience a pov, and if that movie initiates a following, I think it is a major accomplishment. Not necessarily for movies in general, but definitely for the particular country the film sprang form. .<br><br> If something like Richard Stanley's "Dust Devil" was a major hit in South Africa, that would probably have started a push for more films in that style. And, in defense of Vaughn, "Layer Cake" is quite good. I don't see any connection to Tarantino with that movie. It has a unique style and great performances.

  • July 14, 2009, 3 p.m. CST

    MorganLeafy: Cliffhanger Was Okay

    by Media Messiah

    I just don't remember it much.

  • July 14, 2009, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Hard R "Stardust"?

    by DennisMM

    Is that your solution to everything? What it needed were charismatic leads and the dumping of the entire DeNiro sequence. Have you read the book?

  • July 14, 2009, 6:40 p.m. CST

    DennisMM: I Haven't Read The Book

    by Media Messiah

    When I said Hard R, I am talk BBC style nudity and sex, and in America that would still gain you a Hard R no matter what? However, back in the 70s, in America, filmmakers might get a PG for what would be the equivalent of televised BBC adult content, now...forget it. <BR><BR>I haven't read the book, but I enjoyed the movie, nonetheless.

  • July 14, 2009, 7:06 p.m. CST

    blakindigo.....not comparing vaughn to tarantin

    by southafricanguy

    o dude, just ritchie that rips him off. There is nothing i ve seen of Vaughn to lead me to believe he copies Tarantino. I have not yet seen layer cake, so as I said previously I can have no comment on it. And as I said at least Vaughn appears to be trying to do different things as opposed to Ritchie, thus Im willing to give him the benefit of the doubt re kick-ass (even though I found stardust very underwhelming and forgettable)...

  • July 14, 2009, 8:10 p.m. CST

    I gotcha southafricanguy—

    by blakindigo

    I think Ritchie can be interesting, but he does have a few obvious Tarantino-isms. The more he gets away from that influence, the more he might have something exciting and less derivative.

  • July 14, 2009, 10:57 p.m. CST

    blackindigo.....well thats the thing is nt it?

    by southafricanguy

    we are going to have to wait for Sherlock Holmes I think to see if Ritchie has any thing to offer other than british gangster movies that take their cue from Resovoir dogs and Pulp Fiction.

  • July 14, 2009, 10:58 p.m. CST

    I just hope he does nt make Holmes in the

    by southafricanguy

    same style as his previous movies as I think that would really not suit the material...

  • July 14, 2009, 11:19 p.m. CST


    by blue7

    You make a good point. Trick 'r Treat is going to be released on disc in October and is playing film festivals until then. Not as awesome as a wide Halloween release, but far from permanently shelved. Hopefully Kick-Ass is as awesome as it sounds and it finds a distributor at Comic-Con.

  • July 16, 2009, 6:34 p.m. CST

    'They'd need a magnifying glass...'

    by scottishnutjob

    God I love being British.

  • July 16, 2009, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Ritchie shits on Tarantino

    by scottishnutjob

    Seriously, anyone who thinks Guy Ritchie is not a legend, hasn't seen his movies properly. Lock Stock was amazing and there were many scenes in Revolver and Snatch that were hugely ground-breaking in their originality. Tarantino ripped Reservoir Dogs off City on Fire, so don't get me started.

  • July 19, 2009, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Big daddy was a cop, not a writer

    by nechyv

    and nic cage is a bad idea

  • July 26, 2009, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Ugh I can't stand Matthew Vaughn...

    by qweruiop

    This is the guy who wussed out of X3 at the last second, citing issues about being closer to his family but really it's because he couldn't handle the pressure of doing a big blockbuster. Strange how other directors do it like it's another day at the office, ie Raimi, Jackson, Wachoskis, etc. And then Vaughn has the audacity to lambaste Brett Ratner, who came in knowing all of the intense pressures involved of handling a $250 million. Brett got the job done, and at least imo did a decent enough presentation. What did Matthew Vaughn do exactly except quit before day 1 on the project? Shut up Matthew. When you can actually handle the pressure like other directors then you can actually say something, otherwise you look like a hypocrite.