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Exclusive: John Romita Jr. reveals his “Kick-Ass 2” costumed appearance with Mark Millar

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The recently-released trailer for “Kick-Ass 2” has given fans their first taste of what’s in store when Kick-Ass, Hit-Girl and Red Mist The Motherfucker storm back into theaters on August 16. This adventure, based on the story written by Mark Millar and drawn by John Romita Jr., is an adaptation of the comics of the same name and takes the “Kick-Ass” story to a whole new level.

IFC recently had the chance to talk to Romita about his visit to the “Kick-Ass 2” set, which was a bit more than just a cursory visit. As can be seen in the above photo, he ended up donning a costume of his own, and revealed to IFC the epic fight scene between himself and Millar that never actually came to be.

IFC: I’ve been told from someone who was on set with you at the same time that I need to ask you about your superhero costume.

John Romita Jr.: [laughs] Oh my god, it’s out! I’ve been outed. My wife has all those photographs. 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.

IFC: So you’ll be easy to spot?

JRJR: 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.

IFC: The trailer was just released, and you wouldn’t be alone in having a less than flattering costume — but Jim Carrey looks awesome.

JRJR: That’s an interesting point of conversation, because way back when I was just designing the characters, I was designing the costumes to try and look cool. And the words from Mark and from Matthew Vaughn at that time were, “Remember, these are supposed to be amateurs, make sure you take it in that light.” The effort to make it that way consistently gets people to cringe at some of the costumes. It’s supposed to be almost socially inept people to begin with, and they shouldn’t have any good taste in costumes. They’re amateurs at best, and I think that goes without saying, and everyone thinks that. No one is supposed to look glamorous. They’re supposed to look stupid. Well Hit-Girl, she looks great, and so does Aaron in the Kick-ass costume. Every time I’d design a costume I’d have to be told, “Remember, they’re amateurs.”

IFC: Was it hard to have to scale it back, or was it more fun to get to do it that way?

JRJR: Oh no, I learned my lesson after the first 10 times. [laughs] Honestly, no, I had to remember that the first time and it just sort of stuck with me, so I don’t really feel uncomfortable in the costume. Oddly enough, they put Mark in a red, white and blue flag costume, and I was the bad guy. Mark was the good guy, I was the bad guy.

IFC: So you were a member of The Motherfucker’s Toxic Mega-cunts?

JRJR: That’s right. I was a bad guy, and boy I should have taken out all my angst on Mark that day, but I wasn’t allowed to really hit him.

IFC: Now you’re going to need to draw yourself into “Kick-Ass 3.”

JRJR: [laughs] No, I can’t do that. My nose is too broken. It’s been broken too many times, I can’t draw myself. I have trouble drawing a self-portrait, I have trouble drawing a portrait of anybody that I care about because then I have to flatter them. I will do one of Mark; I’ll try to get Mark in the book. I will try, I hadn’t thought about that. He will probably laugh.

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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…