Becoming Super: Training and Stunt Work
By the end of the sequel, Kick-Ass has to become the action hero
we knew he was from day one. For
this chapter, Taylor-Johnson once
again showed great dedication in
getting into serious shape. Indeed,
he worked out religiously and
maintained an appropriately strict
diet through out production.
Wadlow appreciated how Taylor-Johnson looked at the production as a
whole and did not simply focus on his
own appearance. Sums the director: "Aaron was figuring
out when we were going to shoot those scenes so that he
would look how he needed to, and it would be a contrast
to the way he looked in the beginning of the film. It was
so impressive because, again, he was always thinking
about the story; he wasn't thinking about how he looked
on screen. He was thinking, 'How can I serve this story
and help the audience understand this journey?'"
Hit Girl is fortunately at the center of most of
Kick-Ass 2's action scenes, which were again skillfully
choreographed by stunt coordinator James O'Dee.
Pack explains the team's take on epic battles in the
sequel: "The fight sequences are even more grounded
in reality than the fights were in the first one. To an
extent, and particularly with Hit Girl -- given that Chloe
was only 11 -- the fight scenes were played in a slightly
fantastical way to get away with the fact that an 11-year-
old was killing people. It had to have a heightened
sense of reality, as emotionally, it's a patently absurd
notion since she was a tiny child. Whereas in this one,
Chloe's older and physically bigger, so we could make
the action more real."
In one of the film's pivotal scenes, Dave is
kidnapped by The Mother f%&*^r's henchmen at the funeral of Dave's father's, Mr. Lizewski
(GARRETT M. BROWN). To protect his son, the elder
Lizewski claimed to be Kick-Ass, which costs him
his life when he is murdered in jail on the orders of
The Mother f%&*^r. Mindy leaps back into action as
Hit Girl to rescue her friend from a certain death.
Together with Kick-Ass, Hit Girl leads an army
of superheroes with vicious homemade weapons to
meet The Mother f%&*^r and his evil crew in an epic
battle -- with more than 100 performers in costume -- in
the evil lair. The showdown culminates in the Hit Girl-versus-Mother Russia battle.
Moretz shares that these were some of her hardest
scenes during production, and not for reasons that
you'd expect. She explains: "There's not a bad bone
in Olga's body. She didn't even know how to punch
someone. Here's this strong Russian woman who is a
complete sweetheart. We would go from laughing and
hanging out to beating up each other and trying to kill
Wadlow admits that these days of intricate stunts
and wirework were some of his favorite on set: "It was
so fun to shoot because you can throw them around
and do anything you want. Because of the difference
in their physicality and the colors they wear, you know
who's who and where you are in the
action. Jimmy designed the fights so
that we're playing to Mother Russia's
strengths, showing you that whatever
move Mindy has, whatever weapon
she uses, Mother Russia has an
answer to it."
It was a fight to the finish.
"When Mindy's throwing knives
at Mother Russia, they hit her
gauntlet and she just wipes them
off," Wadlow concludes. "When
Mindy tries to run up the wall,
Mother Russia grabs her and slams
her. We all worked together to tell
this story of two titans coming together and create
this situation where we think that Hit Girl is an
unstoppable little force of nature. But guess what?
She just ran into something that is going to stop her,
and that's Mother Russia."
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