Matthew Vaughn loved Nicolas Cage’s Adam West impersonation in Kick-Ass

Nicolas Cage came up with the decision to impersonate Adam West in Kick-Ass, according to director Matthew Vaughn.In the 2010 superhero comedy, the Oscar-winning actor played former police officer Damon Macready, who transforms into his vigilante Big D…

Nicolas Cage came up with the decision to impersonate Adam West in Kick-Ass, according to director Matthew Vaughn.

In the 2010 superhero comedy, the Oscar-winning actor played former police officer Damon Macready, who transforms into his vigilante Big Daddy, who wears a Batman-like superhero suit, in an effort to bring down mob boss Frank D’Amico.

Vaughn opened up about making the hit movie to celebrate its 10-year anniversary, and shared that it was Cage’s decision to have his alter-ego speak the same way West did when he played Batman in the iconic 1960s TV show.

“I wasn’t sure about it, and then he did it and I thought it was brilliant,” the British filmmaker told The Hollywood Reporter. “When he put on that costume, I can’t tell you how happy he was… he had an enthusiasm which is vital on a film set.

“There are days where you’re so exhausted that you really rely on the enthusiasm, otherwise you end up with a flat film.”

He used it on set when they were shooting a scene in which Big Daddy is burned alive by D’Amico’s henchmen while he screams out orders to his teenage daughter Hit-Girl, played by Chloe Grace Moretz.

“That delivery, he just pulled that out of the bag on the day. I remember Matthew turning to me and looking really anxious and surprised,” producer Jane Goldman recalled. “He had just done a straight read at the table read. It was so strange and such a brilliant, bold choice.”

However, shooting the scene was one of the hardest sequences for Vaughn, as it was shot completely in the dark.

“That sequence was just a nightmare,” he laughed. “We were shooting in the dark and dealing with the strobe light of Hit-Girl’s weapon. Just getting the cameras to work was really difficult before you get into the timing of everything with the actors.”

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Chloe Grace Moretz inspired by Angelina Jolie while playing Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass

Chloe Grace Moretz was inspired by Angelina Jolie while playing the young vigilante Hit-Girl in 2010 action movie Kick-Ass.The young actress was “obsessed” with Jolie’s turn in the 2008 action thriller Wanted, and told her family that she wanted to p…

Chloe Grace Moretz was inspired by Angelina Jolie while playing the young vigilante Hit-Girl in 2010 action movie Kick-Ass.

The young actress was “obsessed” with Jolie’s turn in the 2008 action thriller Wanted, and told her family that she wanted to play a role like that on the big screen.

“I actually looked at my brother and my mother and said, ‘I would totally kill to have a role like that,'” Moretz told The Hollywood Reporter. “They were like, ‘This doesn’t happen for 11-year-olds. You don’t get the option to play an Angelina Jolie-type character.'”

However, just one week later, she got a call to audition for Hit-Girl in Matthew Vaughn’s R-rated comic book caper Kick-Ass, and her dreams of a big-screen action hero role began to come true.

“He had kind of been on a road with someone else for a little while. I think I got an audition late in the game,” the 23-year-old explained. “I got really lucky to get in front of him at that point in time.”

Moretz spent more than six months training with stunt house 87eleven in Los Angeles and Cirque du Soleil in Toronto, and also committed herself to a few months being taught Wushu, a martial art, by Kick-Ass stunt coordinator Brad Allan in London.

“By the time we got to filming, about 90 percent of it was me, except the big, big stunts, which I probably could have done, but we legally couldn’t do them for insurance, because it was too risky,” she shared.

Moretz also sweetly recalled working with Hollywood icon Nicolas Cage, who played her on-screen father Big Daddy in the movie, with her adding, “We were super close and he was so sweet with me.”

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Matthew Vaughn wanted Brad Pitt for Kick-Ass

Matthew Vaughn originally wanted Brad Pitt to play the role of Big Daddy in his action comedy Kick-Ass.The filmmaker marked the 10th anniversary of the movie in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, and revealed that he originally enlisted the Osca…

Matthew Vaughn originally wanted Brad Pitt to play the role of Big Daddy in his action comedy Kick-Ass.

The filmmaker marked the 10th anniversary of the movie in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, and revealed that he originally enlisted the Oscar-winning actor as a producer to drum up interest from Hollywood studios for the expletive-ridden offbeat superhero blockbuster, but the tactic wasn’t enough to convince executives to go for the project.

“No studio would touch it,” Vaughn recalled. “So I had to mortgage my house in order to finance the film, which was scary, to be honest.”

However, once the project got the green light, the 49-year-old courted Pitt to play Big Daddy, a former police officer who trains his young daughter to become the foul-mouthed vigilante Hit Girl, who was portrayed by Chloe Grace Moretz.

Instead, Pitt signed up to star in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, prompting Vaughn to approach Nicolas Cage for the role, who he knew was a big fan of comic books and superheroes.

“I knew Nic loved comic books and superheroes, and this script was a love letter to superheroes,” the director explained. “The film imagines what it would be like if the ultimate fanboy suddenly decided to play superhero, and some people mistakingly felt we were attacking the genre, but I knew Nic would buy in.”

And Vaughn recalled seeing Cage put on Big Daddy’s costume for the first time and how the actor’s energy invigorated the cast and crew after a long day of filming.

“(He) had an enthusiasm which is vital on a film set. There are days where you’re so exhausted that you really rely on the enthusiasm, otherwise you end up with a flat film,” he shared.

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Chloe Grace Moretz adopts low key beauty routine off set

Chloe Grace Moretz is low maintenance when she’s not having to glam it up for the cameras. The Kick Ass star likes to keep her makeup routine simple when she’s not on set or at a red carpet event. “I spend so much of my time wearing makeup on set …

Chloe Grace Moretz is low maintenance when she’s not having to glam it up for the cameras.

The Kick Ass star likes to keep her makeup routine simple when she’s not on set or at a red carpet event.

“I spend so much of my time wearing makeup on set any minute I had off I tried to be as bare-skin as possible,” she tells Us Weekly, revealing that growing up in a busy household with four brothers impacted her approach to self care.

“I grew up with four brothers and they were in and out of the bathroom and out the house in 15 minutes,” she shares. “So I always had shortcuts to feel comfortable enough to go outside.”

The 22 year old’s low key approach has carried over to her role as a representative for SK-II skincare products, which led her to be part of the brand’s Bare Skin Project and pose makeup free for the campaign.

“It felt like a badge of honour for myself to be able to go bare skin to see what that feels like in front of the camera,” she says. “It’s just you and yourself. There’s nothing to hide behind.”

As part of the collaboration, the young beauty appears in the #BareSkinChat series on Youtube, in which she shares self care tips.

“I hope that people see how much fun we had doing it and it encourages them to bare their skin – like they don’t have to hide behind coverage or makeup,” she notes.

Moretz has also learned to be more accepting of her battle with cystic acne, noting stars are more open about skin issues these days: “It’s hard when you live in a world where you’re expected to cover your face,” she says. “It’s great now though that we can talk about skincare instead of covering up.”

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson reunites with Matthew Vaughn for Kingsman prequel

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is teaming up once again with his Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn for the Kingsman prequel. The Nocturnal Animals actor is reuniting with moviemaker, who he worked on the 2010 superhero comedy, on Kingsman: The Great Game, a preq…

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is teaming up once again with his Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn for the Kingsman prequel.

The Nocturnal Animals actor is reuniting with moviemaker, who he worked on the 2010 superhero comedy, on Kingsman: The Great Game, a prequel to Vaughn’s Kingsman instalments, The Secret Service and The Golden Circle, which were released in 2014 and 2017, respectively.

According to Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper, Taylor-Johnson is part of a star-studded ensemble cast which also includes Gemma Arterton, Ralph Fiennes, Rhys Ifans, and newcomer Harris Dickinson.

The prequel will be set during World War I and explore the origins of the Kingsman organisation. Arterton will play a nanny named Polly, who helps raise Conrad, the son of the Duke of Oxford, with “ruthless efficiency”. Fiennes will play the Duke, while Dickinson will portray his heir Conrad. Reporters at Collider.com also added that Conrad will be a “cocky yet charming young hero” who’s eager to serve his country and fight in World War I, and the film will be more of a period drama than a spy thriller.

Filming is already underway in various locations around the U.K. with a base at Longcross Film Studios near Chertsey in Surrey.

Daily Mail columnist Baz Bamigboye also revealed that the prequel will feature Daniel Bruhl, Charles Dance, Stanley Tucci, Matthew Goode, Djimon Hounsou, Alison Steadman, and Tom Hollander.

The Bird Box actor has been cast in three roles after casting directors unsuccessfully tried to find three similar-looking actors for the parts. Hollander will play King George V, the German Kaiser and the Russian tsar, who are all part of Queen Victoria’s extended family tree.

Kingsman star Taron Egerton will not appear in The Great Game, which is scheduled to be released in November, but is thought to be reprising his character Eggsy in Kingsman 3, which Vaughn is currently developing.

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Chloe Grace Moretz’s makeup guru experiments with vintage beauty routines

Actress Chloe Grace Moretz relies on her makeup artist to create looks that remind her of the past. Mai Quynh, who has also worked with several Hollywood beauties like Scarlett Johansson and Saoirse Ronan, recently drew from looks made popular in the…

Actress Chloe Grace Moretz relies on her makeup artist to create looks that remind her of the past.

Mai Quynh, who has also worked with several Hollywood beauties like Scarlett Johansson and Saoirse Ronan, recently drew from looks made popular in the 1990s while helping the Kickass star get red carpet ready.

She tells InStyle that aside from being inspired by vintage trends, she also finds inspiration all around her.

“It’s fun to have colour,” she tells the publication. “I look at everything – plants, flowers, interiors, and fabrics.”

The Los Angeles-based beauty guru was behind Moretz’s stunning 1960s-style look at the premiere of her film The Miseducation of Cameron Post this past summer, and Quynh looked to counteract some of the trends she disagreed with growing up, giving the 21 year old a bold brow.

“Even when it wasn’t cool and all my friends had thin eyebrows and everyone was like, ‘You have a boy’s eyebrow’, I was like, ‘Well, eff you, this is my eyebrow’, and then it became cool. So I got really lucky with that. But I just don’t touch ’em,” she shares.

To craft these looks, she relies on an Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pen or Givenchy’s Mister Brow Groom Universal Brow Setter. She also sometimes adds Laura Mercier clear eyebrow gel.

Other go-to items for Quynh include Rodin Jasmine & Neroli Face Oil to treat dry and oily skin, Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Above and Beyond and Chantecaille Philanthropy Cheek Color in Joy.

And when it comes to creating a long-lasting glow, she goes for Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in The Glamour Muse. For fighting the appearance of dark circles, she advises using a smudge-proof “tubing” mascara on lower lashes.

But as she recently told Elle, having decent applicator brushes is the most important aspect of any makeup collection.

“They can be pricey, but they will last you awhile,” she says. “They have to have soft hairs because they touch people’s eyes and skin, so they have to be gentle and not stabby or painful.”

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Chloe Grace Moretz felt more ‘trust’ working with all-female crew

Chloe Grace Moretz feels as though her new film The Miseducation of Cameron Post benefited from a predominantly female crew.The actress plays the titular character in Desiree Akhavan’s drama about a teenage girl sent to a gay conversion camp after ge…

Chloe Grace Moretz feels as though her new film The Miseducation of Cameron Post benefited from a predominantly female crew.

The actress plays the titular character in Desiree Akhavan’s drama about a teenage girl sent to a gay conversion camp after getting caught being intimate with another girl on prom night.

As well as focusing on the female experience on screen, many women were also involved behind the camera, with Ashley Connor responsible for cinematography and Sara Shaw the editing.

And Chloe is adamant that shooting alongside a number of other women made a “massive difference” to the experience.

“With pretty much everyone on the set being a woman, I wasn’t told what I had to get done in the scene; they trusted me to do my job, and Ashley shot it not focusing on the a*s and the bodies, just the beauty and reality of it,” she explained to the Independent, adding that she was impressed that the feature managed to create sexuality even without nudity.

“And it’s still really intimate, and more emotionally provoking than most I’ve seen on screen ever, but that’s because of the female lens,” the 21-year-old insisted.

Though Chloe, who has two gay brothers, has been criticised as a straight actor playing a gay lead role, she implored people not to “assume people’s sexualities. And don’t project your own issues onto them”.

The Kick-Ass star added that she’s hoping the film, which she describes as “a queer movie, by queer people, for queer people”, will attract a significant audience in order to influence future cinema representation.

“Buying a ticket is casting a ballot. It’s casting a vote for what you want represented in cinema. And queer stories should be told,” she affirmed.

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Chloe Grace Moretz: ‘Acne took a toll on my psyche’

Actress Chloe Grace Moretz lost touch of herself during her struggles with cystic acne.The Equalizer star suffered from painful breakouts for years in her teens and the experience took a toll on her psyche.”I think what people don’t talk about is the p…

Actress Chloe Grace Moretz lost touch of herself during her struggles with cystic acne.

The Equalizer star suffered from painful breakouts for years in her teens and the experience took a toll on her psyche.

“I think what people don’t talk about is the psychological element to having skin problems, and that was the hardest thing for me,” she tells Teen Vogue. “It strips your self-confidence in a lot of ways; you know you can’t hide from it at all, and you lose a little piece of yourself. When I was younger, I lost a piece of myself by being so self-obsessed with my skin blemishes or what people thought about them.”

“As I grew up, I realised that half the battle was myself, and my own self-infliction of what I thought ‘beauty’ and ‘perfect’ was,” she adds, “but then, you realise there’s no such thing as perfect, and your skin will go through ups and downs. All you can do is try and be as self-accepting as possible.”

Chloe used to cake on makeup and be over reliant on products in a bid to disappear her blemishes, but now the 21 year old has taken a more natural approach.

“Keep it as simple as possible,” the Kick-Ass star says of what she has learned about skin care over the years. “I stopped using all these different products, and I kind of broke it all down to doing absolutely nothing — just using water, olive oil and honey.

“The only thing I’ve integrated into my skin routine is the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, because of the simplicity of it. I won’t put anything on my skin that I can’t pronounce.”

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Chloe Grace Moretz rules out appearing in future Kick-Ass movies

Chloe Grace Moretz has ruled out starring in any future Kick-Ass movies.The actress played Hit-Girl in the 2010 superhero flick and portrayed the character once again in 2013 sequel Kick-Ass 2. Though the original movie was lauded by critics for its b…

Chloe Grace Moretz has ruled out starring in any future Kick-Ass movies.

The actress played Hit-Girl in the 2010 superhero flick and portrayed the character once again in 2013 sequel Kick-Ass 2.

Though the original movie was lauded by critics for its black humour, the follow-up flick was considered a flop by many – not least the leading lady.

“I love the franchise, I think the first movie was really, really special,” Chloe insisted during an interview at the Provincetown Film Festival, as reported by IndieWire. “I wish the second one had been handled in a little bit of a different way. Because I think we were all kind of looking forward to something a little different than what happened with it all.”

Matthew Vaughn – who directed the first feature and produced the sequel – recently told Empire that he was planning reboot Kick-Ass and also hinted that a solo Hit-Girl movie was in discussion.

However, Chloe is adamant that she will not be involved in the project if it goes ahead.

“As much as I love the character of Hit-Girl, I think she lives and survives in Kick-Ass, and I kind of want to keep her there,” the 21-year-old explained. “I kinda wanna keep everyone’s mind in Kick-Ass. So, I don’t think there will be a Kick-Ass 3, at least I don’t think with Hit-Girl in it.”

The Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising star has recently turned her attention to voice acting and has signed on to play Wednesday Addams in an animated reboot of The Addams Family. She will portray the daughter of Charlize Theron and Oscar Isaac’s characters, who have been tapped to play Morticia and Gomez, while Allison Janney, Bette Midler and Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard have also landed roles.

Chloe is also lending her voice to Red Shoes & the 7 Dwarfs, in which she will take on the part of Snow White.

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