Mark Millar Talks Casting Jim Carrey as The Colonel in 'Kick-Ass 2'
We all know that we can't exactly trust every word that comes out of Wanted and Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar's mouth, but here's something that is solid enough to stand on. On Monday, we wrote about how Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow tweeted a veiled confirmation about Jim Carrey coming on board as The Colonel in the new film. Now Millar is backing that claim, and has some very kind words about finally collaborating with Carrey on this movie. He's worked with some certified A-list mega-stars in his career, but says working with Carrey has made him "the closest to starstruck [he's] been on anything so far." Read on!
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…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 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.
That's a pretty cool story about Spielberg recognizing Carrey's dramatic potential even in the midst of all of his comedic work, and anyone who has seen The Truman Show should agree with that. It'll be fun to see what sort of special spin Carrey can put on this character and if it will end up being as memorable as Nic Cage's work in the first Kick-Ass film. It's good to have a larger-than-life performance from an adult mixed in with the shenanigans of younger actors like Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and since this story gets pretty dark at points, perhaps Carrey's comedic sensibilities will lighten the mood a bit here and there. Excited?