In 2010, Brit actor Aaron Johnson became a household name (well in the houses of people I know and I’m betting in most of yours too) when he appeared as Dave Lizewski, the wetsuit-clad student-turned-superhero in Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman‘s film Kick-Ass, based on Mark Millar‘s superhero comic book of the same name. Once I spotted some of these circulating the net, and read up on this Kick-Ass boy, I thought I’d share. I figure, at least I’m younger than his pregnant fiancee so I’m not TOO much of a dirty old man. Or at least no more than usual. He is adorable, and I thought that BEFORE the self-tanning scene.
5 ft 11 Kick-Ass star Aaron Perry Johnson was born June 13, 1990 in Holmer Green, Buckinghamshire, England to a homemaker and a civil engineer father. He bagan his career in entertainment at the age of 6, attending the Jackie Palmer Stage School in High Wycombe between 1996 and 2008, where he was tutored in drama, tap, jazz, acrobatics and singing. In 1999 at the age of 9, he played the son of Macduff alongside Rufus Sewell’s Macbeth, and in 2000 he performed in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons.
By the age of 12 the future Kick-Ass vigilante made his silver screen debut in Tom & Thomas (2002). In 2003, he protrayed a young Charlie Chaplin in Shanghai Knights. His starring role in The Thief Lord (2006), based on the book by Cornelia Funke led to his casting that year as young Eisenheim in Edward Norton’s flashbacks in The Illusionist.
He first gained heartthrob status as the sought after young hunk Robbie in in the British teen comedy Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging. He was also seen as the doomed son in 2009′s The Greatest.
About the same time he Johnson took on the complicated role of a young John Lennon in the 2009 biopic Nowhere Boy, directed by Sam Taylor-Wood. He must have really impressed the boss, because it was announced on Halloween 2009, that Johnson was engaged to 43 year old filmmaker Taylor-Wood. As of January 2010, Taylor-Wood is pregnant with the couple’s first child. Can’t blame a cougar for pouncing on that… the boy has an 8-pack. He is next slated to star in Hideo Nakata‘s upcoming dramatic thriller Chatroom.
Aaron Johnson WILL be reprising the role of Dave Lizewski in Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall due in 2010. Lets hope that title isn’t literal. That would hurt. But then again, who knows what he’s into. From the look of some of the more candid shots, Aaron Johnson is not that innocent.
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