We sat down with Kick-Ass' Red Mist, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and talked blood masks, murder, and what's ahead in the sequel. Plus check out our exclusive behind-the-scenes Red Mist picture and a look at his limited-edition Kick-Ass shoes. Spoilers ahead...
Red Mist's alter ego is Chris D'Amico, son of the notoriously dangerous and violent gangster Frank D'Amico, played by Mark Strong. So clearly, his relationship with main character Kick-Ass is a bit... strained. In order to delve into the Red Mist character, we had to talk about a lot of spoilers for the film, but I promise you we've left out the big reveals. In any case, Red Mist walks a dangerous line between wanting superhero acceptance from his new friend Kick-Ass and needing to impress his hard-to-please father by turning in all the heroes who are destroying his business.
Kick-Ass is insanely bloody and a lot of fun, did you read the comic while you were in production, or before? Because I know they were still writing it while you were filming.
They wrote the script and the comics, pretty much at the same time. Which has never been done for a comic book movie. So when I got the script sent to me, my dad had issue one of Kick-Ass already. So I read the first issue and it was exactly like you said, bloody, hilarious and violent. That's what drew me to it immediately. I love those kind of movies personally. I would love to be in one.
Which ending did you like more? [Edit Note: the comic wasn't finished by the time they filmed the finale of the film so two endings are quite different, even though they both have the same conclusion... more or less]
It's the same conclusion for my character, but I'm way more of a bad guy in the comic, from what I remember. In both, I betray Kick-Ass, but in the movie I only want to turn in Big Daddy, I don't want to turn in Kick-Ass. Which I thought was very smartly written.
Why was it important to you, that in the movie he doesn't want to turn in Kick-Ass, unlike in the comic?
I think it was important because in the comic, it's short. The movie is two hours — they really build a relationship in the film. When Kick-Ass and I hang out, we relate to comics, we become friends. I respect Kick-Ass for what he did, he stepped up and became a superhero. And that's what influenced me to be a superhero, and I think in real life, we would hit it off and be friends.
How many buckets of blood did you guys go through on camera or was it all inserted in later?
For me? None, because I didn't participate in any action or anything. I mean I got a few blood drops put on me for the fight scene that Aaron and I have in the end. But I really didn't participate in a lot of that.
Do you think you have this stigma attached to you now that you're this giant ass-kicker in the film, but in reality you don't fight that much? You'll have to really bring it in the sequel.
Everyone keeps asking me, "Dude, I can't wait to see you in this action movie," and I keep saying, "You're going to be a little let down."
So now you have to kill someone in the sequel. Have you asked [the comic creator] Mark Millar to make you more of a bad-ass in the second comic series, or maybe even the second movie?
He [Mark Millar] already knows completely. I don't even have to tell him, he knows he's going to make the character really dark. Knock on wood — I want this film to do really well, so if there is a sequel, my character will be really dark. Hopefully I get to bulk up, force myself to go to the gym.
What, pull a Taylor Lautner [in New Moon]?
Oh god, no. He got grossly ripped for that movie.
Mark Millar mentioned that he wants your sidekick in the next comic to be called The Cunts?
He wants something to be The Cunts, he wants the name The Cunts somewhere in the comic. And he wants to change my name to The Motherfucker. So I become very evil, which I'm game for. But who knows, because Mark talks, and we won't know until he puts it on paper, what he's going to do. He could come up with a totally genius new idea that we've never heard of.
And in the end of the film you get a whole new costume. Which costume did you prefer? Red Mist, or the new one?
You know they are both really good. The mask at the end was amazing. It was very hockey style with bars going through the mouth, and a huge joker smile, very sick. But I really enjoyed the Red Mist costume as well.
Were you nervous reciting your last line, because it's ripped from the famous Batman line "Wait Til They Get A Load of Me?" Did you ask them to add that?
No that was Jane Goldman she wrote an amazing screen play. You know things like, "With no power comes no responsibility," just a genius line that she came up with. That was her, obviously she knows comic book movies and comic books very well. That was the Jack Nicholson line, from Batman. And she know my character loves comic books, so Red Mist would know that line, so he quotes it. I YouTubed Jack Nicholson, and I saw how he said it and I kinda changed it to how I would say it, because that's how Matthew [Vaughn the director] wanted it. [He added "as a great man once said..."]
There are so many great little Easter Eggs in this film. Any favorites?
I love that about the movie — they have a bunch of small stuff. I don't know if you noticed when the first scene Hit Girl is in, in that apartment and murders all those people and Aaron first encounters her, she jumps over the building and says, "that's Big Daddy." Then Hit Girl and Big Daddy jump over the side of the building and there's a big billboard of Claudia Schiffer, who is [director] Matthew Vaughn's wife. And I never caught it until the second time I watched it. It's just a massive picture, but you don't notice it, that's how amazing the movie is.
We noticed the Spirit 3 reference on the marquee of a theater that your character goes into.
There's also a reference to Layer Cake, Matthew Vaughn's first movie that he directed, there's a little yellow Chrysler car in Layer Cake. And Dexter Fletcher, who was an actor in Layer Cake had a role in Kick-Ass where he gets crushed by Big Daddy and Hit Girl in a car compactor. [The car he gets crushed in] is the same car that's in Layer Cake. Amazing, you never know unless you are a die hard fan. I'm telling you, you'll have to watch it again.
What was it like watching Chloe curse in front of you as Hit Girl?
It wasn't too big of a deal, because I swear a lot. And I hung out with Aaron a lot and he swears a mouthful. Every other word is fuck from that guy, [Laughs]. So I guess it wasn't too crazy, it made me laugh a lot to hear her say "cunt" a lot. It's very funny.
You're the one the shoots Hit Girl. Your character is kind of a dick.
I actually didn't fully realize that until a few weeks ago — like, I shoot an 11-year-old girl in this movie.
Were you nervous?
No I was excited because that's the moment where you know, he's bad. You're kind of on the fence: he's a bad guy, but he's hanging out with Kick-Ass. But when I shoot her, you know he's an asshole.
After the interview we noticed Christopher Mintz-Plasse had snagged a pair of the limited addition Kick-Ass Vans as well. So we asked if we could take a snap shot to show them off. They only made 100 pairs of this shoe, so this is about as close to them as you or I are going to get. Which is too bad because they're sick, with Kick-Ass colors.
And finally here's our exclusive behind-the-scenes shot of screenwriter Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn and Red Mist talking shop on set. It's also the first real full look we're getting of Red Mist's suit, minus all the bells and whistles of poster photoshopping.