Kick-Ass 2’s bad guy on geese, cussing and weeing!
Hi Chris! Your Kick-Ass 2 character wears a stupendous bondage costume. Did you get a kick out of wearing it?
Yeah, well… everyone else got a kick out of watching me, ha-ha! It looks hilarious, twisted and dark but it was a pain in the ass to wear. Literally.
UFC star Chuck Liddell makes a cameo training your character The Motherf**ker. Did you pick up any moves?
He tried, but like my character, I’m terrible at sports. UFC is a little too much for me — it freaks me out seeing people beat the sh*t out of each other.
But there’s plenty of that in Kick-Ass 2…
It’s just a comic book movie. But Chloe Grace Moretz’s character’s stunt double was thrown into a wall by The Motherf**ker’s henchwoman, Mother Russia, and she cracked her head open. She’s only like 13 or 14, but she’s OK now.
What was it like working — and fighting — with Jim Carrey?
We had one day together on set which made it special. His movies in the ’90s like Dumb And Dumber are the reason I’m an actor now. Jeff Wadlow, the Kick-Ass 2 writer/ director, was happy with his script but when Jim Carrey wants to improvise it’s hard to say no to him. He stays in character between takes so it was very cool to watch.
Were you disappointed at the stance he’s taken in choosing not to promote the film because he’s subsequently had a change of heart, and now feels it glamorises violence?
It’s a bit of a bummer not to have had him with us at Comic-Con but with all the gun tragedies that have happened, I totally respect his opinion.
The Motherf**ker christens his motley crew of super-villains The Toxic Mega C**ts. Did you have a name for your crew when you were growing up?
We still call each other “The Chillers” because we just like to hang out together.
The Motherf**ker has a shark in his lair. If you were a supervillain, what dangerous pet would you have?
I’d have a flock of geese. It’s always intimidating when a flock of those b*stards start running at you. And I’d dress them in red and black fetish costumes — that’s enough to freak anyone out!
Did you pick up any Scottish-isms from Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar?
The drunker he gets, the less you can understand! I’ve actually been to Scotland because my friends were performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I’d like to get involved, but it would be scripted comedy. I enjoy watching stand-up but to do it properly is a vocation.
What does your gran think about the extreme amount of swearing in the movie?
My grandma loves it. She doesn’t normally go to see these kinds of movies, so the fact that I’m in them gives her an excuse. She’s super-happy for me.
Comic book movies are killing it at the box office right now. Are we reaching saturation point with them?
The third act of every action movie I’ve seen lately seems to be: “What’s the biggest thing we can blow up?” or “How elaborate can the craziest face-off be?” It’s kinda like numbing my brain. I’m over that, which is why I love the more low-key ending to Kick-Ass 2 — it’s a gang fighting a gang which is way cooler. My dad is actually a bigger comic book fan than me. We’ve got thousands at our house.
Is there any chance you’ll be returning for the Kick-Ass threequel?
Without giving too much away, I’d be up for returning to sit in a wheelchair like Professor X. That would be the easiest acting job I’ve ever had in my life.
Is there a chance McLovin, your character in Superbad, could return? What would he be doing now?
He’d be a girl-mad, drug-crazed lunatic, f**king his way through college.
You think so?
Yeah — but at the same time he’d be getting straight As!
Now that you’re a famous international film star, where’s the strangest place you’ve been recognised?
I’ve had people follow me into the men’s room and while I’m peeing in the stall, they get their camera phone out and ask for a picture. I’m like, “Dude, my d*ck is out!”
Thanks, Chris. Finally, last time we met, we told you about a Nuts reader who’d had “McLovin” tattooed on his forehead. We’ve heard he’s had it surgically removed. How do you feel about that?
I’m very happy for him. He made a bad decision in the first place, but came back to the land of reality in the end!