It should come as no surprise to anyone who's read "Kick-Ass" that, well... there's a lot of ass-kicking going on in director Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of the hit comic book series by John Romita Jr. and Mark Millar.
Still, the early hype for the film has generated some controversy around the movie world, with some wondering whether the violence in the film is simply too much — especially given that much of the carnage is caused by a 12-year-old girl. Chloe Moretz, who's since reached the ripe old age of 13, plays the aforementioned pre-teen assassin Hit-Girl.
When MTV News caught up with the stars of "Kick-Ass" during this week's L.A. premiere, we asked them about the violence and the controversy surrounding the film.
"First of all, it's less [violent] than it was in the comic," Romita told MTV News. "The comic was more intense. But I think it's got a purpose — to show what this little girl and what the father are."
"The father is a deranged character," he continued. "What he is, is because of what happened to him. And he turns his daughter into this little machine — but she's not a machine. She's got a heart."
"The movie's Rated R," said Nicolas Cage, who plays Hit-Girl's father, the costumed vigilante known as Big Daddy. "It's definitely got some intense actions sequences in it, but [Moretz] is a very serious actress. ... She has a great family around her who support her and support her decision."
Kick-Ass himself, actor Aaron Johnson, took a decidedly different approach toward rationalizing the film's violence.
"We're just giving the comic book fans what they want to see," he said. "If you look at the cover of "Kick-Ass" the comic book, half the characters have blood splattered over their face."
"99.9 percent of the people who say that haven't seen the film," said Vaughn of complaints he's heard in the media. "When people see the film, they don't complain."
Still, the final word seemed to come from Moretz herself, who shrugged off the controversy.
"It's a film, and I really don't care what you say until you go see it," she said.
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