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KICK-ASS Interview: Clark Duke (Part III of V)
by Mel Valentin

Lionsgate gave eFilmCritic.com the opportunity at Wonder-Con earlier this month to talk to the cast and crew of "Kick-Ass," Matthew Vaughanís ("Stardust," "Layer Cake") big-screen adaptation of Mark Millar ("Nemesis," "Fantastic Four," "Wolverine: Old Man Logan," "Ultimates," "Superman: Red Son") and John Romita, Jr.ís (the upcoming "Avengers" relaunch, "World War Hulk," "The Eternals") comic book series of the same name. John Romita, Jr., Jane Goldman, Clark Duke, ChloŽ Grace Moretz, and Aaron Johnson graciously took time out of their busy schedules for one-on-one interviews.

Lionsgate gave eFilmCritic.com the opportunity at Wonder-Con earlier this month to talk to the cast and crew of Kick-Ass, Matthew Vaughanís (Stardust, Layer Cake) big-screen adaptation of Mark Millar (Nemesis, Fantastic Four, Wolverine: Old Man Logan, Ultimates, Superman: Red Son) and John Romita, Jr.ís (the upcoming Avengers relaunch, World War Hulk, The Eternals) comic book series of the same name. John Romita, Jr., Jane Goldman, Clark Duke, ChloŽ Grace Moretz, and Aaron Johnson graciously took time out of their busy schedules for one-on-one interviews.

Q: Youíre a pretty busy guy.

A: Yeah, between this and Hot Tub Time Machine. Itís been a wild month or so.

Q: Youíve probably done a lot of interviews.

A: Iím going on week five of just constant press. I donít know how these two came out, coming out so close to each other.

Q; Unfortunately, I wasnít in town for the press screening of Hot Tub Time Machine, but itís on my list.

A: Please see it. Itís very funny.

Q: I really wanted to see it, but a family emergency came up. Itís on the list, definitely. To be honest, as a film critic, itís hard to pay for a movie, since we get to see them for free, in advance, and we donít have to wait in a line. And then, of course, trying to find the time when I have other screenings lined up.

Moving on. Kick-Ass. I saw it a few weeks ago. Enjoyed it immensely. I wasnít completely surprised by the storyline since I had read the first few issues of the comic book series ages ago. There are interesting divergences between the film and the comic book.

A: But tonally theyíre pretty close.

Q: In talking to Jane Goldman about working with Mark Millar Ö

A: Markís not here, is here?

Q; No, I donít think so.

A: I donít think so either. Mark doesnít leave Scotland that much.

Q: So how did you get the role?

A: For scripts, they often have table reads, way before they started casting, to see how everything sounds out loud. Matthew and I share an agent. The agency will round up people. I was a big fan of the comic book , big fan of Layer Cake (Matthew Vaughanís first feature-length film]), so I just went. Love the comic, hoped to meet Mark Millar. I ended up reading for the part in the film, not really knowing what I was going in to read for. After [the table read], Matthew was like ďYouíre MartyĒ [one of the central characterís best friends]. He wouldnít let me audition for any of the other parts. And that was just my involvement. I went to that table read and forever after was in the film.

Q: How much time were you on set?

A: It was a couple of weeks in London, a couple of weeks in Toronto. Not that long. All of my scenes are in one location, the comic book store.

Q: Did you cross paths with Nicholas Cage?

A: You know whatís funny? Iíve never met Cage and he produced another movie that I was in. I think today will be the first time I meet him at the convention. I think itís pretty hysterical.

Q: Right, I think many moviegoers have the idea that everyone shows up at the same time and make the film together.

A: No, no. Everybodyís there at different times. We didnít have any scenes together and if you donít have scenes with somebody, youíre never going to see them.

Q: Aaron Johnson mentioned that Nic Cage was only on-set for a couple of weeks anyway.

A: I donít think that our time overlapped at all.

Q: Have you read the comic book?

A: Oh yeah, I have. I was reading the comic book before I knew there was a movie.

Q: The Dave character in the comic book has a group of friends, but theyíre not distinguished well.

A: No, not at all.

Q: He had more friends too, so it made sense to consolidate them, have stronger characters and stronger actors to play those characters.

A: Hopefully Iíve made [the Marty character] somewhat memorable.

Q: I saw Sex Drive when it came out and I thought you gave a memorable performance.

A: Thanks. Sex Drive is underrated. People who see it generally seem to like it. The problem is no one saw it. It seems to have become a kind of cult favorite on cable, DVD, and whatnot.

Q: I was pleasantly surprised.

A: I think [Sex Drive] was one of Summitís first or second movies that they produced, distributed, and marketed. No names in it really. Just a victim of circumstance.

Q: Right, timing is crucial.

A: Totally. It was a bad weekend.

Q: But like you said, thereís always a second life on DVD and cable.

A: Yeah. And weíve (the guys who wrote and directed it and me) been doing well.

Q: So whatís next for you? Besides finishing up the press tour for Kick-Ass, that is.

A: Hot Tub Time Machine is still here. Kick-Ass comes out the 16th and this movie with me and Eddie Murphy called A Thousand Words comes out in the fall, but Iím not exactly sure when, honestly. Iím also doing a lot of screenwriting. Iím also going to try to get a tan.

Q: Not in San Francisco.

A: No, not here.

Q: Thank you for your time.

Stay tuned for Part IV of our Q&A with the cast and crew of Kick-Ass (opening Friday, April 16th at multiplexes everywhere). Tomorrow we talk to ChloŽ Grace Moretz (the forthcoming remake of Let the Right One In, (500) Days of Summer).


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