During a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Kick-Ass, director Matthew Vaughn has revealed that Nicolas Cage wasn’t their first choice to play Big Daddy. Originally, they reached out to Brad Pitt for the role but Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds took him out of the mix.
Vaughn brought Brad Pitt onto the project as a producer. The two knew each from making Ritchie’s Snatch (2001) and for a time Vaughn courted him to play Big Daddy, the Adam West-esque former cop who raises his daughter to become Hit-Girl. But soon Quentin Tarantino swooped in and brought Pitt aboard Inglourious Basterds, instead.
This shouldn’t tidbit from the director be surprising given that Pitt’s production company Plan B produced Kick-Ass and had previously worked with Matthew when he produced the Guy Ritchie film Snatch, where Brad played the role of Irish mush-mouth boxer Mickey.
Kick-Ass is arguably one of the better Matthew Vaughn films alongside the Daniel Craig gangster flick Layer Cake and is certainly more appreciated after experiencing the lackluster sequel Kick-Ass 2 directed by Jeff Wadlow.
The original film certainly paved the way for other R-rated comic books films like Deadpool and helped land Matthew the gig directing X-Men: First Class, which would release the following year.
Speaking of Deadpool, Brad would later have a brief cameo as The Vanisher in Deadpool 2.
KICK-ASS – Using his love for comics as inspiration, teenager Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) decides to reinvent himself as a superhero — despite a complete lack of special powers. Dave dons a costume, dubs himself “Kick-Ass,” and gets to work fighting crime. He joins forces with the father/daughter vigilante team of Big Daddy and Hit Girl, then befriends another fledgling crime-fighter called Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), but a scheming mobster soon puts their alliance to the test.