Trivia / Kick-Ass

Both Versions

  • Contest Winner Cameo: Kind of, but going a bit beyond it: Dave Lizewski, winner of a charity auction and contest to name the main character, named him after himself. Which is rather fortunate because he could have named the character anything from Betty to Captain Ass if he wanted to.
  • Name's the Same: Hit Girl's civilian identity, Mindy McCready, shares her name with an all too real, troubled country singer who committed suicide in 2013.

The Comic

The Film

  • Actor Allusion:
  • Actor-Inspired Element: Nicolas Cage came up with his character's "disguise": that Damon Macready would have a mustache, while "Big Daddy" would have an even larger mustache via adhesive extensions.
  • Creative Differences: Production Designer Martin Childs was fired by Matthew Vaughn, early in the production, because they were "not on the same wavelength". Russell De Rozario was hired as his replacement five days before shooting started.
  • Creator-Preferred Adaptation: Mark Millar has said that the movie is superior to the comic book. He had originally devised the comic story as a movie pitch.
  • The Danza: Christopher Mintz Plasse plays Chris D'Amico.
  • Dawson Casting: Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Red Mist) and Lyndsy Fonseca (Katie), as well as several other actors, are in their early 20's yet play teenage characters. Somewhat averted with Kick-Ass himself, Aaron Johnson was 19 when the film was released.
  • Development Hell: The sequel. It was initially announced to be made for a 2012/2013 release but is on hold due to Aaron Johnson taking time off acting to be with his daughter and Matthew Vaughn directing other projects. It's now set to a 2013 release and to be directed by Jeff Wadlow (with Vaughn's blessing/supervision).
  • Dueling Works: With Defendor.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • It seems that before ending up in Lionsgate Studios, the producers of the movie tried several other studios who all had the same ultimatum: "We'll take it, if you drop Hit-Girl or make her 19." Thankfully, they didn't.
    • The entire reason Red Mist survives the end of Kick-Ass 2 is because when Mark Millar told Jeff Wadlow (director and writer of the second movie) of the character's death, he argued that they couldn't kill the character off as he's one of the series' staple characters & they couldn't really do Kick-Ass 3 without the character.
  • Fake American: Aaron Johnson (Dave) and Mark Strong (Frank D'Amico) are both English. Also, Jason Flemyng and Dexter Fletcher, who play two of D'Amico's henchmen.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: When questioned about Hit Girl's foul language, Grace replied, "If I ever uttered one word that I said in Kick-Ass, I would be grounded for years! I'd be stuck in my room until I was 20! I would never in a million years say that. I'm an average, everyday girl."
  • No Stunt Double: Matthew Vaughn said that Chloe Moretz did "an amazing amount" of her own stunts, training for a month with a Toronto circus school before she even got on set, and then training some more. Behind-the-scenes video tends to confirm this.
  • Playing Against Type: Christopher Mintz-Plasse normally plays the Plucky Comic Relief, such as the infamous McLovin in Superbad — here, he's a Lonely Rich Kid desperately seeking a "Well Done, Son!" Guy, and when he doesn't, he becomes the world's first masked supervillain.
  • The Red Stapler: Hit Girl's dual Benchmade 42 butterfly knives.note 
  • Star-Making Role: Hit-Girl, for Chloe Moretz.
  • What Could Have Been: Daniel Craig, Brad Pitt and Mark Wahlberg were considered for Big Daddy.