Mark Millar, the author of the Kick-Ass comic book series recently spoke a little bit about Matthew Vaughn‘s upcoming release and some of the changes that had to be made so that the original series would work on the big screen. For the most part many of the changes that took place were to help the structure of adapting the film (so that it didn’t want to fall victim to some of the problems The Watchmen had), but some things had to be changed for other reasons. For however insane and violent the film may be, there were a few places Vaughn and writer Jane Goldman weren’t willing to go.
First Millar discusses the changes that were made to his original work…
Millar: Any changes they made they discussed beforehand (with Vaughn and Goodman) and I get why. A comic book is a monthly thing with an eight act structure, where as a movie three acts and people have to leave the theater feeling better then when they came in. So all the changes were made to make it a better movie. I think that movies like Watchmen, which are a very literally adaptation of the book and fails in that sense as a movie because it was a bit clunky in places, where as when Matthew and Jane made a change it for the sake of the movie, so I was happy about that.
One of the changes that was made was a scene being cut from the end of the film when Hit Girl and Kick-Ass are going up to the Penthouse to have a fight and when they’re in a lift (elevator) together, Kick-Ass notices that his 10-year-old counterpart is doing something unexpected…
Kick-Ass: What are you doing?
Hit Girl: Activating “Condition Red.” Dad gave me this for emergencies and said it would give me the strength of 10 men.
Kick-Ass: Is that cocaine?
Hit Girl: No lame brain. It’s a super-secret chemical compound designed by scientists. Now, open my Hello Kitty bag, I think I’m coming up.
Apparently, a 10-year-old “coming up” was just a little too shocking for the filmmakers. They had to draw the line somewhere and it’s at a kid using Hello Kitty bags for coke. I for one love the line, but I do get how that adds another dynamic to the film, one that might not be appreciated by parents and over-appreciated younger kids sneaking into the film.
This reminds me of one of the alternate lines from Fight Club where Helena Bonham Carter‘s says “I haven’t been fucked like that since grade school”, which if you watch the DVD extras could have been “I want to have your abortion.” Personally I think they went for the stronger line in the film. Pedophilia has to be worse than abortion right??? (ohh Catholicism…. I’m looking at your Pope-y.)
Kick-Ass hits theaters on April 16th.
What do you think of the cut line? Do you know of any other great lines that were cut out of films?