Donald Faison is achieving a dream with his appearance in Kick-Ass 2. The lifelong comic book fan relished the moment he put on his costume and started inhabiting the Kick-Ass 2 superhero named Dr. Gravity. “I loved the costume. The costume is just like the comic book,” Faison said to Movie Fanatic.
“I’m a huge fan of comic books. Growing up, everybody loved the X-Men and Spider-Man comics. I read a couple of Superman comics and Batman comics when I was a kid, but as an adult I’ve read a lot more. It’s really cool that DC does all these shows based on the comics. Yes, I’m a nerd.”
When it came to his most memorable moment filming, and it was teased in the Kick-Ass 2 trailer, Faison quickly answered. “Shooting my first fight scene,” he admitted.
It was also the moment he realized he’s not 22 anymore! “We shot it in five hours and I remember pulling a butt muscle. I didn’t even know you had a muscle in your butt, but apparently you do, and you can pull it," he said. laughing.
Kick-Ass 2 allowed the actor to participate in filming his first fight scene in his career. And he admits it is not as effortless as it looks on the big screen. “I wish I could say it was easy, but it’s hard work. Pulling a punch when you want to throw a punch is very difficult,” he said.
“Knowing angles to where the camera is set up, and how to make it so the fist comes from one side of the body to the other, even though it feels fake and you don’t think it looks right, that was hard to conceptualize.”
Faison adored the first Kick-Ass and could not believe his good fortune when he got called to audition. “I thought Kick-Ass was an amazing movie. It’s just a great action film that caught me off guard. You see all these super hero movies, and super heroes have a moral code that they live by and it seemed like in Kick-Ass, that wasn’t the case,” Faison said.
“I think that’s a more realistic version of what vigilantes would be. I don’t think we’ll see a Superman ever flying in the sky or anything like that, and if that does happen, I don’t think the outcome that we watch in the movies is gonna be the outcome in real life. I think we’d send the army after this person.”
The actor, who spent almost ten years on Scrubs, feels that in the world of Kick-Ass, you truly get a feeling of these people and their passion for fighting crime. “They’re trying to make a difference. And, you can kinda go under the radar as masked vigilantes in a giant city,” Faison said. “They’re crazy enough to put on a costume and go fight. That appealed to me. That’s more realistic.”
When it comes to the comments Jim Carrey said about Kick-Ass 2 and its proliferation of violence, Faison believes that the superstar is allowed to have his opinion. But, at the end of the day… it’s just a movie.
“This is a fiction, fantasy -- a comic book movie. I think that’s what at the end of the day everyone needs to understand. Jim is allowed to have his personal point of view. We warn everybody in the title. The name of the movie is Kick-Ass 2 and it has an ‘R’ rating,” Faison said.
“If you’re not a fan of violence, don’t go see it. But don’t be crazy either. Over a billion tickets were sold for The Avengers. That’s a violent movie, whether you want to believe it or not, that’s a very violent movie. I think Jim is completely in his right to say how he feels.”
Faison did treasure the moments he spent with Carrey filming Kick-Ass 2. “Jim is a cool dude. We got to talk a lot,” Faison said. “I’ve been a huge fan of his since In Living Color, and he asked me questions about Scrubs -- which blew my mind.”
When asked why he thinks the world of Kick-Ass has struck a chord with audiences, he believes that it is as relatable as a superhero movie can be.
“Nobody’s super smart like Bruce Wayne. Nobody’s invincible like Superman. These people bleed. These people are just like us in real life. What they decided to do, instead of being a cop or instead of being in law enforcement, or joining the military, they decided to put on a costume and go out and fight crime,” Faison said.
“I think everyone at some point in their life has wanted to be a superhero, or wanted to make a difference in their community. Just because you put on a mask, that’s not the only way you can be a superhero. You can be a hero to people as a politician, as a youth leader -- there are so many ways to make a difference. These people just decided that the way they would make a difference would be to put on a mask and go fight crime. I think everyone has that in them.”