Girl on the Roof: Design, Locations and Costumes
Shooting for Kick-Ass 2 began in Toronto, which
doubled for New York, in fall 2012. Approximately a
month after the start of principal photography, the unit
relocated to the U.K. to shoot at Pinewood Studios, with
some locations work in London. Most notably, the team
shot on Denmark Street, aka "Tin Pan Alley," famous
for its iconic music stores and venues.
Several of the film's standout comedic scenes take
place in Justice Forever's homemade headquarters, a
set superbly crafted by De Rozario that was housed
on the stages of Pinewood Studios. This set is a place
that nobody else wants: a rundown basement with
low ceilings and paint-chipped walls, not to mention
a mishmash of thrown-out furniture. Just like the
people inhabiting it, nobody seems to care much
about the space.
Exterior sequences of the Justice Forever team
fighting crime were shot in downtown Toronto. These
film ing days drew attention from the public and
paparazzi alike, as the team -- led by Colonel Stars and
Stripes -- patrolled the streets looking to do good deeds
and to vanquish villains.
No super-villain leader
should suffer for lack of
style. Therefore, De Rozario
fashioned a hardcore envi-
ron ment for Chris D'Amico
that would befit his new in-
carnation: an evil lair. Built in a
massive workshop at Pinewood
Studios, the ultimate man cave
is understood to be a place
Chris uncovered within his
dad's criminal empire. Painted
in The Mother f%&*^r's signature colors, red and black,
the space contains pool tables and arcade machines,
huge plasma screen televisions, a bar, cages for topless
dancers and cars such as a Ferrari F40, as well as several
BMWs. The piece de resistance? A massive aquarium
that houses a live shark.
A fresh persona requires a brand new image,
and when Chris' mother throws away his Red Mist
costume, it's the perfect opportunity to acquire
an upgraded one. After his mother's death, Chris
stumbles upon a box of her fetish gear, which inspires
his new look. "We kept the red-and-black theme,"
explains costume designer Sammy Sheldon Differ,
"not least of all because black is an emblematic color
in the villain world. He has to develop from Red
Mist into something much more evil, so we decided
to hint at The Mother f%&*^r -- even when he's not
in his super-villain costume. This gave him an emo/
goth look, which leads into the fetish S&M outfit that
he wears as The Mother f%&*^r. It's much more hardcore than his Red Mist costume."
Sheldon Differ not only upgraded Moretz's Hit Girl
with stylish wigs and capes -- as well as a killer designer
wardrobe for when Mindy outplays the evil Brooke -- the
designer also helped Taylor-Johnson retrace his steps as
Dave. Early into production, the costumer revealed that she had kept the same glasses, watch, belt and sneakers
he had worn in Kick-Ass. Recalls Kick-Ass himself:
"Sammy pulled together this great selection of baggy
clothes, which were perfect for Dave. It helped get me
back inside the character."
Dressed in a red bikini with armor, leather boots
with 5-inch heels and an eye patch, the killer Mother
Russia is difficult to miss. The designer says: "One of
my main directions from Jeff was to be as offensive as
possible without being too offensive. But we did try and
pull in all the stereotypes for all of the super-villains.
With Olga, she's Russian and she's big. Originally,
there was a lot more to the costume. We took a lot away,
ripped it back to make the most of her muscle tone. She
Wadlow adds that he was impressed with what his
talent could do in their outfits. Discussing Olga, he says:
"You think of a bodybuilder, and you think she must be
in tremendous shape. But we put her in these high-heel
boots that were just torture to walk around in and made
her wear them for 12 hours a day while doing massive
fight sequences. She never once complained. I was so
impressed by her, by her strength and her passion for
being there and being a part of the movie."
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