at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. The sold-out screening was held in the legendary 1200-seat Paramount Theatre, the largest venue of the festival. As the official Opening Night Film, the Lionsgate comedy was the first SXSW selection to be announced earlier in the year and was accompanied by the expectations and media attention that come with such a high profile event.
Directed by Matthew Vaughan, who wrote the script with Jane Goldman, the film is based on the comic by Mark Millar and John S. Romita, Jr. One of today's brightest rising stars, Aaron Johnson (The Greatest, Nowhere Boy
) stars as Dave Lizewski, a teenage comic-book fanboy who decides to take his obsession as inspiration to become a real-life superhero.
Along the way he inspires a subculture of copy cats, is hunted by assorted violent and unpleasant characters, and meets up with a pair of crazed vigilantes, including an 11-year-old sword-wielding dynamo, Hit Girl (Chlo? Grace Moretz) and her father, Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage). Dave overcomes all obstacles to forge a friendship with another fledgling superhero, Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). But thanks to the scheming of local mob boss Frank D?Amico (Mark Strong) that new alliance will be put to the test.
The brilliant ensemble cast of Kick-Ass
also features Clark Duke, Evan Peters, Lyndsy Fonseca, Michael Rispoli, Garrett M. Brown, Xander Berkley, and Omari Hardwick. The film was produced by Matthew Vaughn, Brad Pitt, Kris Thykier, Adam Bohling, David Reid, and Tarquin Pack. Executive producers are Pierre Lagrange, Stephen Marks, Mark Millar, John S. Romita, Jr., and Jeremy Kleiner with Jane Goodman as co-producer. Kick-Ass
will be released nationwide on April 16 from Lionsgate and Marv Films.
In attendance and participating in the Q&A following the screening were stars Aaron Johnson, Clark Duke, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, along with director Matthew Vaughan and comic authors John Romita Jr. and Mark Millar.
Here are some pictures I shot during the Q&A:
COMPLETE GALLERY (48 photos on 3 pages)
On Friday, March 12, 2010 I attended the gala World Premiere of