John Leguizamo Joins Ridley Scott's 'The Counselor' & 'Kick-Ass 2'
by Ethan Anderton
July 31, 2012
Despite the fact that John Leguizamo is part of, Super Mario Bros., one of the worst video game adaptations ever, his work in films like Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge, The Babysitters and The Lincoln Lawyer have proven that he's a strong force on screen, not to mention his voice work as Sid the Sloth in the Ice Age films. Now the actor is taking on two more high profile roles that hopefully get him some more earned attention. Deadline has word that Leguizamo has signed on for roles in both Ridley Scott's The Counselor starring Michael Fassbender, and the comic sequel Kick-Ass 2 from Jeff Wadlow.
Scott's film The Counselor, with a script from No Country for Old Men writer Cormac McCarthy already has a stellar cast including Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz so Leguizamo is just icing on the cake. The film follows a respected lawyer (Fassbender) who thinks he can dip a toe in to the drug business without getting stuck in the seedy underbelly. Leguizamo will play a low level drug dealer. Sounds like a small supporting role, but I hope he gets enough time on screen with Fassbender to show that he can still stand toe-to-toe with the best of the best.
Meanwhile, in Kick-Ass 2, Leguizamo is also taking a bad guy role as he's set to play Javier, the bodyguard tasked with protecting newly minted villain Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz and the aforementioned half-hero turned villain are all returning, and there's even been talk of Nicolas Cage returning for a small cameo as Big Daddy (likely in a flashback). Though we're still not sure about how close the story will be to the comic book sequel, apparently Hit Girl has a bigger story in the film than she does in the book, as Wadlow told audiences at Kapow not too long ago. But it sounds like Kick-Ass will be working with a new hero, and Red Mist is busy becoming Motherfucker and gathering a team of villains to wreak havoc. Stay tuned for more as this project develops.