By Bryan Cairns
Can a teenage vigilante superhero have a normal life? Mindy Macready, aka Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz), certainly hopes so. After teaming up with Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) to take down drug lord Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong) and his sadistic son Chris (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) in 2010's "Kick-Ass" movie, the pint-sized killing machine has abandoned her costumed adventures in the sequel to attend high school. But when Chris adopts the identity of The Mother Fu@!#ker to exact revenge on Kick-Ass, Mindy is forced to once again suit up and come to the rescue.
At Pinewood Studios in London, England, things are about to become extremely violent on the set of "Kick-Ass 2". Today, Moviefone is sitting smack dab in the middle of The Mother Fu@!#ker's impressive lair, which is lined with arcade video games, expensive cars, flashing lights, massive TV screens mounted on the walls and a gigantic aquarium. What is more noteworthy is the brawl transpiring between Kick-Ass' team of heroes, called Justice Forever, and The Mother Fu@!#ker's gang of villains. On director Jeff Wadlow's cue, the actors and extras punch, hit, duck, run, evade and beat each other in an elaborate choreographed fight sequence.
However, trained assassin Hit-Girl is absent from the battle. Her pivotal encounter with Mother Russia (Olga Kurkulina) occurs later. In the meantime, Moretz is in the house to talk Hit-Girl, coming back for the sequel, foul language, and her career.
Moviefone: It has been a couple of years since the first "Kick-Ass". How has it been reuniting with these guys?
Chloe Grace Moretz: It's been so much fun. I've been seeing everyone from the movie at different times. I saw Matthew (Vaughn) at one point and then I saw Aaron. It's funny to all be on set and back in the costumes. It's completely surreal, but it's amazing to be back with such a great story.
Moviefone: How much reaction have you received from the original "Kick-Ass" over the years?
Chloe Grace Moretz: It's funny. They (the fans) have kind of grown up with me in a way, too, because when I first did it, I was 11. Now, I'm 15, almost 16, and still you get these people that come in and are like, "Oh my God!" Or they look at you and go, "Wait. No. No. No way, man!" It's interesting. I have a really amazing fan group from it and they are really loyal and are so excited for this movie.
Moviefone: So they can't believe it's you when they meet you?
Chloe Grace Moretz: Yeah, they freak out. They're like, "Can you hit me or something?" "Excuse me?" I've been asked so many times, "Can you just punch me in the face?" I'm like, "What? No. No."
Moviefone: Were you surprised at the reaction to the swearing in the first film? Is there anything in this one that compares?
Chloe Grace Moretz: Yeah, you definitely get that reaction. In the last film, I counted. I only cussed six times, but each time was pivotal and really meant something. In this film, it's the same way. She only uses it when she's Hit-Girl. She doesn't use it as Mindy. She may say a couple of different words, but nothing like the C-bombs. But each time you see it, you're like, "Yes! So cool!"
Moviefone: You had some problems using those words when speaking about the original "Kick-Ass". Are you a little more comfortable with them now?
Chloe Grace Moretz: I don't cuss in my own time. It's not a frequent thing I do. I was talking to my brother about it and I was like, "Oh my God! It's affecting me so much more than it did when I was younger. It's in my head." But no, my Mom's not cool with that.
Moviefone: So are there any crazy new additions to Hit-Girl's vocabulary?
Chloe Grace Moretz: She gets a few new words, but I guess she's just a bit more creative.
Moviefone: Was it easier getting a handle on Hit-Girl this time around because you knew her so well?
Chloe Grace Moretz: It did help. It's interesting coming back to this character because me and my brother Trevor, who is my acting coach, we tried to figure out what is new that we can bring to this besides being the same girl I was. People wouldn't mind seeing that again, but it's more fun to see something a bit newer and fresher. Mindy knows herself more and she knows who she is more. It helps to know her back story because usually with a character, you have to make up that back story.
Moviefone: How did you prepare for your showdown between Hit-Girl and Mother Russia?
Chloe Grace Moretz: I'm still preparing. I'm in the midst of shooting it and I'm still freaking out about it. It was interesting because in the first film, it was a lot more gun and knife control. In this film, it's way more Muay Thai and Krav Maga and things that are really hand-to-hand combat. It's crazy. I'm crawling up her and bringing her down and really weird things. It was cool to learn a whole new skill set and work different muscles.
Moviefone: How did you feel when you initially walked onto the set out there?
Chloe Grace Moretz: It's crazy. I walked out there and was like, "Whoa!" The sheer size of it is epic with all the cars and then the gaming section. It's all so amazing. As you can see, the set decoration is impeccable.
Moviefone: Was being directed by Jeff different than working with Matthew Vaughn?
Chloe Grace Moretz: They are both such amazing directors and they still have the same passion for the project and the comic book and how they want to portray what Mark Millar created and John Romita Jr. brought to a page. There's this thing where it's like, "Well, we have to be better than the first movie, but we can't be better than the first one, because it has to be equal, but it has to be better..." I'm like, "Just don't try and be better. Just do exactly what you did and it will naturally happen." We all know our characters so well and it's really fun to have a fresh voice and have this person with new ideas.
Moviefone: Between Let Me In, Hugo, Dark Shadows, this film and Carrie, it seems you are going from one big project to another, but they are all completely different characters. How do you handle your career these days?
Chloe Grace Moretz: That's what I love doing. What happens is once I do one character, I always learn something new. Throughout every single movie, I learn something new and I'm stretching my emotions and my acting ability. I'm always trying to find something else to take me to another level and to take me to another field that I haven't tried before.
Moviefone: Lastly, who would win in a to-the-death confrontation, Hit-Girl or Carrie?
Chloe Grace Moretz: Oh God! That's hard. Carrie has a magical power. You can't fight magic with logic. It doesn't really work that well. Carrie would just lift me up into the air and take all the machinery off of me and snap my back.
"Kick-Ass 2" opens today in theatres.