Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Hit Girl is the new Professional in Town

For Chloë herself, Hit Girl was an opportunity to keep pace with her cinematic idols, to do something “no other kid had done except for Natalie Portman in ‘Léon,’ ” she said, using the European title for “The Professional.”

Not that Ms. Moretz knows that Luc Besson film firsthand. “I haven’t even seen it now,” she said glumly. “I’m not allowed.”

SHOOT: This is a very nihilistic film; you've got a little girl doing grown up things and the saddest part is you can't help but applaud her.
clipped from www.nytimes.com

CHLOË GRACE MORETZ admits she felt a twinge of envy in the summer of 2008 when the action movie “Wanted” was about to be released, and the austere visage of its gun-toting star, Angelina Jolie, seemed to be staring at her from every billboard in Los Angeles.

So she put out the word to her Hollywood representatives: “I really want to do an Angelina Jolie-type character,” Ms. Moretz said recently. “You know, like an action hero, woman empowerment, awesome, take-charge leading role.”

A month later she got her wish when she was offered a part in the adventure film “Kick-Ass” as Hit Girl, a mysterious vigilante who leaves a trail of bullet casings and body parts wherever she goes.

“My mom was like, ‘It’s exactly what you’ve been wanting to do,’ ” said Ms. Moretz, who was 11 years old then. (She’s 13 now.)

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