'Kick-Ass' Stars Defend The Violence That So Disturbed Roger Ebert

Noted film critic Roger Ebert has seen "Kick-Ass," and he he didn't like what he saw. He took particular issue with the action of Chloe Moretz's Hit-Girl character, an 11-year-old who over the course of the film racks up a body count that rivals those of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger during their '80s/'90s heyday.

The stars of the R-rated superhero flick, which hits theaters today, aren't having it. Ebert's review surfaced after MTV spoke with them, but they've been nonetheless prepared for some backlash about the violence. Moretz says the action falls closer to "Tom & Jerry" than it does to "Saw." And star Nicolas Cage see his young co-star as "a pop icon of feminist strength." Check them out in the video below, then head over to MTV.com for the full report.