Morris Chestnut is new to the world of Kick-Ass. But, he saw something magically whimsical in the first film that had him utterly psyched to join the sequel. “They didn’t take themselves seriously and they had a lot of fun, a lot of stunts, a lot of comedy -- the overall fun that the picture had,” Chestnut said to Movie Fanatic of the franchise’s appeal.
Not being one of the characters, seen in the Kick-Ass 2 trailer, who got to wear a costume -- that was not so cool. “That was messed up. I hated that. I was the only one not kicking ass,” Chestnut said and laughed.
“Everyone got to have fun and do stunts, and [my character] was the killjoy saying ‘don’t do this and don’t do that.’ All these teenagers across America are probably going to hate me for trying to stop everyone from having fun.”
Chestnut is keenly aware of the appeal of Kick-Ass and how it spawned a sequel, even if it didn’t seem like a movie that you would expect a sequel from. “I know that when I was young, I always had a fantasy of being a superhero, so I think it feeds into that whole fantasy of putting on a costume, putting on a mask, and actually going out there and doing fights,” he said. “It really just feeds into the whole fantasy of our youth.”
As shown in this Kick-Ass 2 clip, Chestnut’s detective character is the legal guardian of Chloe Grace Moretz’s character. Besides being her personal don’t-fight-crime killjoy, Chestnut was honored to perform opposite a young actress who seems to have it all. “She was a great professional, a great talent. Just watching her work, I had a great time. I saw the first one, and was a huge fan. I was scared because I thought she might kick my ass,” he said and smiled.
Given he has a child Moretz’s age, Chestnut knew not much acting would be required to elicit those parental concerns required of his role. “She’s very young. I have a daughter that’s her age, so it was really easy for me to relate.”
Jeff Wadlow stepped in for the first film's director Matthew Vaughn, and Chestnut reported that his enthusiasm for the project was contagious. “With this movie, after seeing it and how everything is heightened, everything is more intensified, I think it goes to the director’s enjoyment,” said the man who will next be seen in The Best Man Holiday. “He had a child-like feel on the set, so he’s really excited about a whole lot of things, really excited about the stunts, and excited about everything. I think that was contagious throughout the whole cast and crew.”
Would he return for a Kick-Ass 3? Chestnut, as a veteran of the entertainment business for almost two decades now, knows what it comes down to.
“I think when movies make money, they will find a reason to make another one. If this is a huge global success that makes a gazillion dollars, they could have killed every character in it and they would bring everyone back to life,” Chestnut said. “That’s just what Hollywood is -- it’s about the green.”
Chestnut has been the subject of rumors that he may be joining the Marvel universe as Blank Panther. He hopes it comes to fruition, although being able to get in on the fighting in Kick-Ass 2, he admitted, would have helped his chances.
“Obviously I would love to play that part, but Marvel and that studio, they’re a mega-machine, and they have the people in mind that they want to do,” Chestnut said. “Maybe If I had gotten to kick ass in Kick-Ass they would consider me, but you never know what’s going to happen. Stranger things have happened in this industry.”