Chloë Grace Moretz Interview For ‘Kick-Ass 2′
After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) – reborn as The Mother F%&*^r – only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation. When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy.
Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she’s forced to retire — leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world’s first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there’s only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all. An adaptation of the Mark Millar and John Romita Jr comic, ‘Kick-Ass 2′ is set for an August 14th release in the UK and a August 16th bow in the US. The likes of Morris Chestnut, John Leguizamo, Donald Faison, Olga Kurkulina, Robert Emms, Lindy Booth, Daniel Kaluuya, Clark Duke, Claudia Lee, Augustus Prew and Lyndsy Fonseca also star. Jeff Wadlow directs.
Hit Girl really struck a chord with people with the first film. How was the experience of reprising the character?
Chloë Grace Moretz: It was so fun. Being able to be Hit Girl again was a surreal experience, because you often leave a character behind – especially at 11-years-old. Then four years later to put on the costume again and work with the same actors again, wearing the same wig, being with the same hair and makeup team, it’s crazy and totally surreal to do it again. It was so much fun. Aaron and Chris, they’re like my brothers – and they’ve changed so much! They’ve become such men, you know (laughs)? I worked with them when I feel like they were babies and I was a baby, but now we’ve grown up so much. It’s like a little group of adults now, it’s funny. I’ve had such a great time reliving the character and bringing in more dimensions, while taking an older approach to the role. I liked seeing what I could play with in the part.
Mindy’s grown up, and the film explores what happens when she stops being Hit Girl and grapples with life as a high-school student….
Chloë Grace Moretz: That was the thing, trying to figure out, “Where is Mindy now? Where is Mindy four years after the fact that she lost her father, four years after the fact that she got adopted by a cop, her fathers best friend? What is she doing with her life? What direction is she pointed in? Where is her conscious?” And basically what we tried to do was show who she is behind the mask, show what she really is going through at school and no matter if it’s a bad drug dealer on the streets, or if it’s a mean girl at school, she has to bring justice to the situation because she’s a superhero in her heart. It’s a part of her, it’s not just a mask and a wig.
We meet a now-orphaned 9th grader in ‘Kick-Ass 2,’ a girl who is more terrified of the treacherous girls in school than she ever was of the villains that she and Big Daddy took down….
Chloë Grace Moretz: Yeah. She’s skipping school, still being a vigilante and caring more about Hit Girl’s life than Mindy’s. Because she doesn’t have Big Daddy anymore, and Marcus is much more of a normal parent than Big Daddy, she starts to question herself. She promises Marcus she’ll stop being Hit Girl and begins to figure out her life a bit. The thing is… Mindy can’t really change. Mindy’s been raised as a vigilante her entire life, she knows no different in the first film. Four years later she’s figuring herself out. She realizes that she is a vigilante and she just wants to bring justice into the world, so she can’t watch bad people walk through her life. She gives justice and rights the wrongs, in her unique way (laughs). But she realizes she’s not a killer, she does it because she really wants the world to be a better place.
In this film she’s really confused and going through the self-torture of, “Am I killing people because this is what I was raised to believe was a good thing, or am I just murdering people?” I wanted to show this sort of inner pain and struggle, and the fact that she’s lost her only family: her father. I wanted to show this darker side to her, and I also wanted to make the action a little bit different. So we basically scrapped the guns. I do use guns a little bit in the movie, but we basically do hand-to-hand combat and it’s just a lot more hands-on.
How was it filming the Hit Girl vs. Mother Russia battle?
Chloë Grace Moretz: The battle between Mother Russia and I is very intense. It took almost two weeks to film, it was insane. Those were some of her hardest scenes during production on ‘Kick-Ass 2,’ and not for reasons that you’d expect. There’s not a bad bone in Olga’s body. She didn’t even know how to punch someone. Here’s this strong Russian woman who is a complete sweetheart. We would go from laughing and hanging out to beating up each other and trying to kill each other (laughs).
It was fun having new characters. In ‘Kick-Ass 2′ we have “Justice Forever”, which is basically the “Justice League” at a different speed, with the likes of Dr. Gravity and Battle Guy and Night Bitch, tonnes of really fun people and funny characters with mad names (laughs). But then we look over at Chris’ group, whose name remains unsaid (laughs), and you have The Tumor, Black Death, Mother Russia, all these really rad super villains. I love the contrast between to the two groups, and you can really see it in the posters. It stands out and it’s the perfect contrast in the movie.
How much did you reference the comic books when preparing for your portrayal of Hit Girl?
Chloë Grace Moretz: I think that the portrayal of Hit Girl in the comic book is written into the film pretty heavily. It was really easy to fit it in. We took a lot from the comic book, but then I also think that the character in the script is so different from the comic books. The comic books are crazy (laughs), a good crazy! You have to sort of make it your own when you’re playing it on the movie, make it an actual real person, add heart to it.
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