Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Leveraged to Kick Butt Kick-Ass 2; Less Muscle, More Technique for Moretz

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Leveraged to Kick Butt Kick-Ass 2; Less Muscle, More Technique for Moretz

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Byline: Seanna Cronin

CHLOE Grace Moretz has never shied away from roles in scary or violent movies.

The cute little girl from The Amityville Horror, who was too young to be allowed to see the movie she starred in, is a teenager now.

At just 16 she already has the horror films Let Me In, The Dark Fields and Carrie under her belt.

She kicked butt, literally, in Kick-Ass as the adolescent crime-fighter Hit-Girl under the tutelage of her dad, played by Nicolas Cage.

But she's also starred in more family-friendly films like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dark Shadows and Hugo.

Moretz returns to the Kick-Ass franchise to play the now teen Hit-Girl who continues to battle crime while dealing with the issues faced by any high school girl.

In this Q&A, she discusses the physical challenges of playing a vigilante superhero.

Q: As Hit-Girl you have a lot of action scenes and stunts in Kick-Ass 2. How much are you allowed to do yourself?

A: I'm allowed to do a lot, probably about 90%. It is about trying to do as much as you can without getting hurt. You definitely don't want to get hurt. I did the van sequence, for example. My stunt double did it at 60mph (96kmh) on a real freeway and then they put me on hydraulics on the car, where the car was shaking and the wheels were still running and everything. I did the full sequence. What you see in the movie in the wide shots is my double moving about on the van, but then when you cut in, you will see what I did on top of the van while it was moving. I also did a lot of the Mother Russia fight and I did all the training scenes with Aaron (Taylor-Johnson) with all those kicks and punches. That was me.

Q: Was fighting Mother Russia at all intimidating?

A: Her name is Olga. It is the perfect name for her. She was six-foot seven-inches tall, and in heels she was about seven feet. …

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