It’s called Kick-Ass but Hit Girl steals the show. She’s an 11-year-old superhero who takes out the bad guys with swift slices of a sword and swears at them to earn the film an R rating. Chloe Moretz told fans and press at the South by Southwest film festival that she did a majority of her own stunts.
Chloe Moretz is a Kick-Ass Hit-Girl
“I basically did almost everything except for running up walls and doing insane back handsprings in the middle of the air,” Moretz said. “Basically, all the shooting and knives and swords and stuff was me.”
All action stars have stories about their rigorous training, and the 13-year-old Moretz is no exception. “Okay, so like two months before the movie started, two months after I booked it, we started training for Hit Girl. I knew it was going to be physical but I never knew it was going to be this physical. I went to this place and they did this basic training, you know, how to take apart your gun, how to put it back together, don’t point it where you’re not going to shoot it, never keep your finger on the trigger. I did more training that was a little bit more technical with the bo staff, the battle song. They made me really crazy fit. They made me do like 1000 crunches a night and 50 pullups. I loved it. What would I do without hit girl?”
Hit Girl looks like she could hold her own with any famous superhero or bad guy. Behind the scenes, she barely held it together. “Doing action in a suit, I probably ripped the middle of my suit in half like 30 times. You’d see my suit and of course because the kilt covered it all, but underneath it it was literally ripped and torn and patches of leather had been glued onto it just to get through another scene.”
Seeing it on screen makes it all worth it. That is, if she’s allowed to see it. “I have not seen the finished product yet which is kind of crazy, right? Technically I’m not allowed to see R-rated movies but since I am a lot of the bad stuff in this movie, I can see it.”
Kick-Ass wasn’t all badass glamour. They shot in some rough locations, like a sewage plant. “[Director] Matthew [Vaughn] originally came and he was like, ‘As long as the wind is going this direction, you won’t smell it. But when the wind changes, you’ll smell it.’ And the wind did change. And it was blizzarding rain.”