Morris Chesnut, when you hear his name you think tall, dark, sexy Lance from The Best Man. He recently took his acting skills in a different direction starring in Kick-Ass 2, a comedy in theaters August 16. Inspired by the first Kick-Ass film, other people don masks and beecome crimefighters. Chestnut, unlike many of the other new characters added, won’t be kicking any ass, he plays Sergeant Marcus Williams. Read more as he talks to rolling out TV.
So you are in a movie titled Kick-Ass 2 but you aren’t kicking ass. What’s that all about?
They strategiacally added Donald Faison, so I can’t say it’s a black thing, no I’m only joking. They needed someone playing in a role who had a legal conscious and unfortunately that’s me.
Since it’s a sequel, what made you say yes?
I enjoyed the first one so much that I wanted to be apart of the second one. I saw the first one and nobody took themselves too seriously. When I read the script, I just thought that I really want to be a part of this. I begged to be able to kick some ass but it didn’t work out that way.
When it comes to Hollywood and sequels it means the film prior made a lot of money. In November you have your own sequel, The Best Man Holiday, what can you tell us about that?
The Best Man Holiday was more of an emotional ride for me because my character was the most emotional character I have ever played; more than Rickey, in Boyz N the Hood or Lance in the original film. He is just going through so much in this sequel, I was really emotionally drained after. Kick-Ass 2 was a lot of fun, it was light but The Best Man Holiday took a lot out of me.
Jim Carrey did not want to promote the movie that much because of the violence. Describe the world of Kick-Ass that everybody loves so much.
People can relate so much to the movie because as a youth I always had visions and fantasies of being a super hero. Batman, The Underdog cartoon, Superman, I enjoyed those characters as a child. When you see this you don’t have super powers it’s just regular every day people putting on a costume fighting crime, so its much more relatable.