John Leguizamo Joins Ridley Scott's 'The Counselor' & 'Kick-Ass 2'

July 31, 2012

John Leguizamo / Kick-Ass

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.

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I don't think Kick Ass 2 is going to work without Strong or Cage. All the other characters felt like supporting cast so they need a big name to draw audiences this time...and Leguizamo isn't that name for me.

Matt Peloquin on Jul 31, 2012


i agree that both strong and cage will be missed - however, in KA1, hitgirl was the character that gave the movie it's buzz. for me, the biggest problem in #2 is whether the hitgirl character will wow people as much now that she's no longer 12 years old.

beevis on Jul 31, 2012


I think that was the major draw for Hit girl, now that she's grown up you won't hear people talking about her as much. In KA1 they could market Hit Girl as an uber violent 12 year old and people would go see it just for the shock factor of "I can't believe they had a child do that!" But now it just seems like another boring comic book movie with cliched characters. I hated Chris Mintz Plasse in the first one too so I don't like the idea of him having a bigger role in this one. Plus Chronicle really raised the bar for the genre that began with Kick Ass so they have their work cut out for them. I wonder if Chronicle is getting a sequel actually, now that's something I'd definitely watch.

Matt Peloquin on Aug 1, 2012


John Leguizamo is so underrated.

Brandon V. Fletcher on Jul 31, 2012


agreed - he and giovanni ribisi are 2 actors that don't get enough credit.

beevis on Jul 31, 2012


Ah just saw contraband. Ribisi is a true actor. John has comes a long way since the Pest!

mooreworthy on Jul 31, 2012


yep - and have you seen ted? ribisi is great as the kook who wants ted.

beevis on Aug 1, 2012


Well, now I have to see it. thanks Beevis

mooreworthy on Aug 1, 2012


Ethan you need to take a writing class, that is one the most poorly structured opening sentences ever written

jlewis on Jul 31, 2012


I really would've preferred a Big daddy prequel, hes like what batman would be if he just killed people. That warehouse scene in kick-ass made the action part of the movie IMO.

Cody W on Jul 31, 2012

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