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Live: 'Kick-Ass 2' panel at Comic-Con

Live: 'Kick-Ass 2' panel at Comic-Con
Read live updates from the panel for Kick-Ass 2, direct from Comic-Con in San Diego.
WARNING! This article contains strong language and/or content that some readers may prefer to avoid.

"Okay you c**ts, let's see what you can do now."

Get the swear jar at the ready because Kick-Ass is back! In the much-anticipated sequel to the 2010 bloodbath, Mark Millar's unlikely superhero must deal with a new group of masked vigilantes, led by Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey) - as well as an angry Red Mist, reborn as The Mother Fucker and out for revenge for the death of his father. As for Hit-Girl, she's entered retirement and is just trying to live the normal schoolgirl life (as you do).

In today's panel we'll get a closer look at the new film, hear from the cast and no doubt talk about THOSE comments from Carrey. Oh, and if you've an aversion to swearing, it would probably be wise to click away now.

Please note that all times in this live blog are Pacific, which is eight hours behind the UK and three hours behind the East Coast.


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12.23pmWelcome back to a full-to-bursting Hall H here at Comic-Con, where we're about to get underway on the panel for Kick-Ass 2.

12.25pmA girl next to me is complaining to her boyfriend about the quality of the audience questions in the panels today. "Why are people going up there and askin' dumb-ass shit?" she wonders. I feel her profanity is entirely appropriate for the panel we're about to see.

12.26pmLet's move on to Kick-Ass 2. Here's the latest trailer:


12.28pm"Things are about to get a bit rowdy," warns the moderator, before introducing the first batch of panelists: director Jeff Wadlow and creators Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.

12.30pmSwiftly followed by Kick-Ass himself, Aaron Taylor-Johnson!

12.32pmTaylor-Johnson is confronted about how he's buffed up between movies. "I've been training with Hit Girl," he responds.

12.33pmATJ: "Physically, Chloe's changed. It felt like a natural progression. What's nice for my character is he hasn't changed at all since the first one. It was always a conversation about when we'd do the second one. I got a call from Matthew Vaughn who said we had a great script. It was a page-turner, man. I was cracking up laughing. It was emotional. He took these characters through a wild, really complex journey. I was really excited for it."

12.34pmNext out it's Red Mist turned The Mother Fucker, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (CMP)!

12.35pmCMP: "I read the script and it was fantastic and dark. I was really scared to do something this intense but we had a great acting coach who helped me. She came with me on set and we did a good job with it."

12.36pmHow hard was it to play a darker character? CMP: "It was super dark. There are some things from the comic that we took out, such as murdering a dog and raping someone, which I'm glad I didn't have to do."

12.37pmThe moderator apologises that Chloe Grace Moretz can't be at the panel today.

12.38pmShe is, however, present by satellite link! "I wish I could be there but unfortunately I'm in Boston."

12.39pmHow did she deal with the high school end of the story? "That was a really big interesting arc. Hit Girl decides to give up her life of crime because her stepfather says to. She goes to high school and realises whether it's a drug dealer on the streets, or a bad girl at school who is hating on these poor kids, she has to bring justice to the situation."

12.40pmDifference between two films? "You meet Hit Girl, years after she lost her father, and her only real friend in the world is Dave. That's why they have such a special bond. He comes back to her because he wants training. She's able to manoeuvre into growing up through him. Nick [Cage]'s presence in the movie is still very strong. He's always there in her mind."

12.42pm"It's about finding the characters that are the opposite of me - I'm a normal, 16 year old girl. When I read the script for Carrie, I immediately fell in love with that character."

12.44pmChloe pops off and out come three new cast members: Lindy Booth (Night Bitch), Donald Faison (Dr Gravity), John Leguizamo (Javier).

12.45pmClip time. A "dirtier" version will be online later apparently.

12.50pmThat seemed dirty enough to me. People worrying about Hit Girl being toned down needn't be: she kicks a lot of ass in this film.

12.51pmATJ: "We had an incredible stunt team. We trained with them every day, it was really great. When you're on a film schedule, it's hard to fit in those things so you just have to pick it up in your breaks, or you go into the gym and practise a new bit of choreography."

12.52pmCMP: "We had to do that fight scene maybe close to 45 times." Wadlow: "I've shot a lot of fights, but I've never worked with such a great pair."

12.53pmLeguizamo: "Chris had me rolling the whole time. Especially when he finds, after his mum passes away, her box of sexual tools. He was trying on his mum's dominatrix outfit." CMP: "I grabbed some anal beads, too."

12.54pmKick-Ass 3? Wadlow: "I've been so focused on this movie, I haven't even thought about it. We want it to go so much further beyond what you'd expect from a sequel. It's not a rinse-and-repeat sequel, we put them through the meat grinder in this."

12.56pmAnd that's a wrap on this short panel. Join me again in about half an hour for The Walking Dead!

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