The Kidd here...
Universal Pictures wanted Jim Carrey to play the Colonel in the Jeff Wadlow-helmed sequel to KICK-ASS, and they've now officially gotten their man.
Jim Carrey has signed on for the supporting role in KICK-ASS 2 as confirmed by just about everyone involved with the production on Twitter in the last few days.
It started with Wadlow tweeting, "6 days till we start shooting... and we officially have our Colonel. Alrighty f'n then!"
When Christopher Mintz-Plasse asked specifically who they had, Mark Millar, writer of the KICK-ASS comics responded, "clue- he lives with 200 raccoons and parrots, owns the mask of Loki and named by spielberg as a genius."
With Carrey locked in, Millar took to the Millarworld boards to explain how some of this came together and his thoughts on Carrey's involvement:
"Matthew Vaughn, Jeff Wadlow and I did a conference call with Jim a couple of weeks back and we've been itching to talk about this ever since because the energy Jim's going to bring to Colonel Stars has me buzzing as much as Nic Cage with Big Daddy. You have to remember that Big Daddy's role before Cage came on was a much more straightforward bad-ass. It was Nic who gave him that Adam West delivery and brought this incredible warmth to the character, especially with regard to Mindy."
"Nic is really good friends with Jim Carrey and it's well known to everyone that Jim loved the first movie. In fact, I think he had lunch with Vaughn the day before that Conan O'Brien kick-Ass/ Superman duet you can see in the link. So we've been talking very informally about this for a little over two years now. We didn't quite know what Jim was going to be doing in the sequel, but the entire team loves him to bits and I've been a fan since I first saw him. I remember reading an interview with Spielberg, a great one back in Empire for a JAWS anniversary, where he was saying that Jim would be his choice for Chief Brodie [sic] were he shooting Jaws now. He said he could see the brilliant dramatic range Jim had as well as the comedy people knew him for at that time. For all these reasons, combined with the conversation we had with him on the phone, I'm so genuinely excited about this. I can't wait to see what he does once the cameras are on."
This is pretty new territory for Carrey, as it's a pretty straight-forward and incredibly violent character... so I'm curious to see how he's able to play this without dipping into his familiar bag of tricks. But I'm definitely excited for this rather interesting bit of casting.
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