Nicolas Cage Reveals ‘Kick-Ass’ Film Adaptation Will Downplay Violence

Nicolas Cage has told MTV News that Matthew Vaughn’s big-screen adaptation of “Kick-Ass,” the controversial comic book by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., will have a “different style” than its print counterpart when it comes to the series’ much-discussed violence.

“When I said ’yes’ to this movie, it was to a script,” explained Cage. “Then I started seeing the comics which are pretty far out in terms of violence. But I think Matthew and the script have a different style to it.”

“I’m not fond of gratuitous violence,” said Cage, who will play the role of a retired cop determined to take down a druglord. Cage was attached to the film early last month, and remains one of the most high-profile names associated with the film. As we reported last month, Chloe Moretz will play the obscenity-spewing, sword-wielding daughter of Cage’s character.

So how will the violence of the “Kick-Ass” comics translate to the screen? According to Cage, “there will be some moments of action that will be violent, but there will be a sense of elegance to it.”

“[Matthew Vaughn] doesn’t want to get gratuitous with it,” said Cage, who added, “At least that’s what Matthew has told me.”

(Read what Cage had to say about a “Ghost Rider” sequel here)

Will “Kick-Ass” still pack a punch with toned-down violence? What do you think?