When Kick-Ass 2 hits theaters this August, fans will get to see comic book creators Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. in cameo roles, and we have proof with two new photos. Mark Millar is playing a member of Justice Forever alongside Aaron Taylor-Johnson's Kick-Ass, while John Romita Jr. is one of the baddies in The Toxic Mega C---s, formed by Christopher Mintz-Plasse's The Mother F---er in a massive fight scene. Take a look at the photos, then read on for John Romita Jr. speaking about how the cameos came to be.
John Romita Jr. revealed that the producers wanted both of the comic book creators to cameo in 2010's Kick-Ass, although they didn't agree to it. Here's what he had to say about how they finally got in costume for the sequel.
"In the first film, they wanted Mark and I to make an appearance, a cameo. We both felt uncomfortable with cameos, and we just thought we would stand around in the background and each of us was standing around as extras. They wanted to do the same thing with the second film. They wanted us to be in some scenes, and I said, 'No, I'm not going to do cameos. Just throw me in somewhere.' And Mark and I were supposed to, according to the person, were actually supposed to have some close-ups of us in the battle scenes. So even though we weren't going to say anything, we weren't going to utter any words, we were going to be in the big fight scene, so they had both of us costumed. It ended up Mark couldn't stick around for the close-ups because he had meetings with Fox, believe it or not. That day he had like five meetings with five different studio heads and was too busy, so our close-ups were gone. The producer, Tarquin Pack, and I had this wiseass relationship going. He loves to break chops. He asked them to put me in some ridiculous costume but it ended up being all in good fun. They had me in this red, skintight bodysuit and they threw everything you could imagine on top of it. Shoulder pads, knee pads; it looks like something from the future and the past all blown up together into one, and then they put makeup on my face and they put gel in my hair. It was hysterical."
When asked if they will be easy to spot, however, John Romita Jr. said it will take an eagle-eyed viewer to catch their performances.
"Here's the problem: They put us in the fight scene and I was supposed to beat the snot out of Mark in the battle scene, and then they were going to do close-ups of us fighting, and Mark couldn't make it. So we're in the fight scene, but it's really difficult to see us. The director said when we do the third one, he said, 'I'll get you all the close-up.' The photos of me in costume are pretty funny. They're cringe-worthy, but since I have no pride, I don't mind people finding out about them."