Chloe Moretz's Kick-Ass character Hit-Girl has unleashed a flood of outrage from family groups, claiming the 11-year-old's mega-violent antics will encourage other children to follow in her footsteps. Moretz responds to the critics. Meanwhile, watch her in graphic new footage.
Check out this new collection of violent trailer clips, showcasing all of Hit-Girl's greatest kills — at least, the ones that have been released into the public thus far. Trust us — there's way more blood to be had in Kick-Ass, especially when it comes to this 11-year-old death-dealing Girl Wonder.
But what does Moretz, a 13-year-old herself, think about all this violence, and the controversy surrounding it? When asked about playing such an adult role and all the protests surrounding her character, Moretz seemed ready to take on the critics. At group interviews about the film, she addressed the issues — and she's adamant that kids should stay away from this film. In fact, the only reason her parents even allowed her to see this R-Rated film was because she's in it.
"Hit-Girl isn't very adult at all. She may say this stuff, but she doesn't know any better. That's how she was born and raised. She watches John Woo movies — what do you get from John Woo movies? You get violence and cussing. And that's all she knows. She doesn't know how to speak kind words to people. Her Dad tried to raise her like that, she really doesn't know any better."
What about 11 or 12-year-old girls who hear about this movie and sneak in...
"They shouldn't see it. No."
Do you see yourself being a role model for them?
"No, I mean. It's a role model in the sense that it's women empowerment. A girl has never really been the hero really. Girls are always the damsel in distress on the railroad tracks. It's like [the saying] "You punch like a girl," then when you see Hit Girl, she's punching like a girl should. She's doing stuff that a girl should do, and that's how a girl should be seen, not just I like dolls and ponies."
Do you think this character will encourage violence from younger children?
"Younger children shouldn't see the movie. It's R rated for a reason. R rated is 18 and over, and if you are 18 and over, then you can take someone younger, but I wouldn't advise it. I don't advice it even if you're 90 years old. I don't think a 90-year-old, [or anyone] young or old, should say what I say, or do what I do in the movie. It's a movie for a reason. It's not meant to be taken as real life. I wouldn't advise anyone to do what they see in the film — or what happens to [wannabe superhero] Kick-Ass in the film — where he gets stabbed and run over — will happen to you."