PITTSFIELD -- Pittsfield's own Brandyn Mikel Standing-Elk Lucido is the superhero Kick-Ass.
Well, at least he portrays the character on the front of the "Kick-Ass 2" No. 6 edition of the famed comic book by writer Mark Millar and illustrator John Romita Jr.
Posing with him on the cover is his friend Alexandra Fowler as the series' star, Hit-Girl. By day, however, she works at the Beacon Cinema in Pittsfield.
Lucido, 25, works at Jay St. Video Games at the Berkshire Mall, and is studying at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams to become a history teacher.
Last October, however, he was flown to Pinewood Studios ("James Bond," "Harry Potter," "Superman") to spend a week working in a London suburb on the film set of "Kick-Ass 2."
The sequel film, which hit movie theaters last Friday, stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chlöe Grace Moretz, Jim Carrey, Donald Faison, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Clark Duke.
So how did Lucido get into the film?
"It's kind of a complex story if you want to hear it," Lucido said in the living room of his grandparents home on Monday afternoon. There, an end table holds a family portrait and miniature comic book figures like Spider-Man and Doctor Gravity.
"Brandyn's always been the creative type, very artsy," said his mother, Donna Lucido.
"I'm a big comic book fan. I started going to comic cons three or for years ago and doing cosplay," said Lucido of the popular pastime of going to comic-themed conventions and dressing to portray a specific character or idea.
He and Fowler traveled from Pittsfield to the New York Comic Con in 2010 and met Kick-Ass illustrator John Romita Jr., while they were dressed as the green and yellow uniformed Kick-Ass and the purple wig and dark bodysuit-sporting Hit-Girl. They made friends with a person portraying Red Mist (a superhero of the comic who later turns to evil), and posed for photos together during the event and while meeting Ramita.
About six months later, their Red Mist friend emailed Lucido saying that Mark Millar was looking for real-life people to dress up and portray characters from the comic book for supplemental covers and graphic novel art. The photo shoot went down during Comic Con 2011, in a random alleyway they found in New York.
When Universal Pictures began filming a movie based on the second comic book, which Lucido and Fowler had posed for, he had hoped to be involved somehow.
Then, Lucido saw a contest on Facebook. The contest asked fans to create their own character and send in photos of themselves. Thus, "Crossing Guardian" was born.
Lucido's background in drawing and making art, as well as his martial arts training in Kendo and Aikido, came in handy when designing his character.
"In the second movie, the lead characters are joined by these other do-it-yourself kind of superheroes. People always say police and fireman are heroes. I went to the bottom of the totem pole, and came up with the crossing guard idea," Lucido said.
The costume, complete with neon vest, hockey mask and caution sign, won Universal over. They called Lucido and flew him and his uncle, Mike Lucido of Pittsfield, over to London, a day after the 2012 New York Comic Con, which the real Hit-Girl actress, Chlöe Grace Moretz, also attended.
Lucido appears in a grand finale of a film scene, a big clash between about 60 good and bad guys.
He described the cast and crew as "very chill," "opening and welcoming" -- not the "Hollywood staleness" he was expecting. He got to tour the studio stages, pose with actors and new friends, and also saw some London landmarks for a week before returning home.
Last week, he saw the film premiere in Boston and has been to the Beacon Cinema twice to watch with friends and family.
"I did enjoy it and was glad to be a part of it," said Lucido. "It goes to show that if you have a big idea, do it. Sometimes, it works out."
To see an interview video with Brandyn Lucido as the character Crossing Guardian: http://on-msn.com/1cJ9GI0.
To see Lucido on the set of "Kick-Ass 2," watch here: http://bit.ly/1d12vdl