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Quint sits down with KICK-ASS superheroes Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloe Moretz!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. About a week before the start of SXSW I was emailed out of the blue from the good folks at Studio SX asking if I'd like to interview the cast of Kick-Ass in front of a live crowd, Charlie Rose style. I'd never done anything like that, but I was game. Just a few nerves. Then I read further and saw the interview was going to be posted to the web... Well, there's a reason I'm a writer for a movie news site and not a television reporter. When asked before why I don't do video interviews I typically respond with "I have a face for radio and a voice for blogging." But, the interview went pretty well and so instead of letting it slip by quietly I am now opening myself up to a whole new world of talkback barbs. Be gentle. It's my first time. The interview runs runs about 13 minutes and we talk costumes, Chloe's cool parents, iPhone vs. Blackberry, Nicolas Cage and more. Hope you enjoy!

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  • April 14, 2010, 12:43 a.m. CST


    by Droogie Alex

  • April 14, 2010, 12:44 a.m. CST


    by heartsandminds

  • April 14, 2010, 12:45 a.m. CST

    My only real critisism...

    by Antz

    .. a little more attention to detail on the sound recording, the levels are all over the place. Otherwise good job.

  • April 14, 2010, 12:46 a.m. CST

    I pray to God that Kick-Ass bombs at the box office!!

    by MazdaFeast

    AICN is nothing but a PR whore!!

  • April 14, 2010, 12:47 a.m. CST

    RIP MazdaFeast

    by MazdaFeast

    I've been banned for less

  • April 14, 2010, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Chloe Moretz will taste my jizz. I'm 12 btw so I can say it

    by BeerIcecream

  • April 14, 2010, 1:08 a.m. CST

    MazdaFeast... really?

    by onezeroone

    You want a movie to bomb coz you don't like someone who likes it talking about it so much around its release? Others' failures make you feel better? Ya know this is the very definition of "pathetic loser".

  • April 14, 2010, 1:25 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    Believe you me if it were my production the sound would probably be totally unusable. We were miked by the Studio SX people at South By and they were flipping out when Johnson unbuttoned the top button and let his clip-on mic droop. But yeah, totally professional than if I purposefully ventured into the video interview realm myself, guaranteed.

  • April 14, 2010, 1:29 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    I'm not gonna ban you. I loved the movie, so I took advantage of the interviews as they came up either at WonderCon or SXSW. You know, because I might have something to talk to the filmmakers about. Simple as that.<BR><BR>If you're at your wits end, then beware... I have one more coming up, with John Romita Jr. and Mark Millar. Shield your eyes!

  • April 14, 2010, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Saw Aaron being interviewed by Ross in the UK

    by V'Shael

    and he really came across as a completely arrogant tool.

  • April 14, 2010, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Aaron Johnson is like Harrison Ford, Russell Crowe... he loathes

    by RandySavage

    He almost always looks like he can't wait for the interview to be over... I don't blame him. <P> This was a good interview, but most interviewers are obnoxious TMZ-types or Jay Lenos asking the same dumb questions for the same dumb audience again and again. <P> Johnson is on a higher plane of ability than the other interviewees... he may be a Johnny Depp/Robert Downey-level superstar in the future (whereas Mintz-Plasse knows he has a much dimmer career and must be as outgoing as possible). <P> You can tell Johnson really hates the PR aspect of showbusiness.

  • April 14, 2010, 1:47 a.m. CST

    "His wife"

    by V'Shael

    Little freudian slip by Chloe can be laughed off. If Nic Cage made the same mistake, we'd be calling him pedobear.

  • April 14, 2010, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Quint, you're not that ugly.

    by DOGSOUP

    You had me thinking you were like Meat Loaf and Lemmy's unholy bastard child. Dude you have a kick ass job to even be in the position where this is an issue. Have some confidence in yourself! Only You Can Do It, Man! By the way, they seemed really grounded and down to earth. I bet that was a fun moment in interviewing history for you, cameras aside right?

  • April 14, 2010, 3:09 a.m. CST

    Chloe "Grace" Moretz Chris "Mint" Plasse

    by MalinAckermansNipples

    I'm sick of their names! These kids are too annoying and ugly to be in movies

  • April 14, 2010, 3:10 a.m. CST

    & Aaron "British Cougar Trap" Johnson

    by MalinAckermansNipples

    Forgot genyuwin Noo yawker accent kick-ass.

  • April 14, 2010, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Very cool, thanks!

    by seppukudkurosawa

    And though I reckon the movie has a couple of problems, you guys owe it the geek fraternity at large to see this movie ten times, as it is still entertaining stuff, and a sequel would be very cool news.<p> Something tells me it probably won't quite connect with an audience, though. Really hope that ain't the case.<p> By the way, more video interviews like this, please. Reading is hard.

  • April 14, 2010, 3:47 a.m. CST

    Oh for fuck's sake

    by seppukudkurosawa

    I swear one of you resentful mofos is editing my posts to make them seem unreadable. Although I did spill water on my keyboard the other day and it is acting funny, so I might give you the benefit of the doubt just this once.

  • April 14, 2010, 4:24 a.m. CST

    Quint, you look great

    by BendersShinyAss

    I've watched you in king kong and thought you looked totally different. <p>or was that capone? I don't know, you guys all kinda look alike. Harry is the queen tho, so he'll always stand out.

  • April 14, 2010, 4:33 a.m. CST

    yeah johnson is an amazing actor...

    by billyhitchcock1

    ...because he is totally believable in this movie, i love it, but he is a complete twat in real life. that Jonathan Ross interview was terrible. and that's when he's talking to someone he knows quite well and who is trying very hard to get him to come across well to the audience. i can't imagine him being interviewed by someone that wants to gives him a grilling!

  • April 14, 2010, 6:36 a.m. CST

    Saw a preview of Kick-Ass in Glasgow....

    by Arturo

    and the film fucking rocks, best film this year so far...

  • April 14, 2010, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Aaron was really fiddling with that bottle of water.

    by THAT__SAID

    Reminded me of Tropic Thunder: "I'm just like a little boy, playing with his dick when he's nervous".

  • April 14, 2010, 8:09 a.m. CST

    lol quint

    by Waka_Flocka

  • April 14, 2010, 8:10 a.m. CST

    didn't realise moretz was english

    by Waka_Flocka

    and from south very posh

  • April 14, 2010, 8:12 a.m. CST

    oh wait she isn't

    by Waka_Flocka


  • April 14, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST

    McLovin' sounds like he's inhaled helium...

    by Righteous Brother

    and his English accent is attrocious.

  • April 14, 2010, 10:31 a.m. CST

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  • April 14, 2010, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Quint in: Kiss-Ass!

    by VanGoghX

    I'm teasing. Great interview dude! Could tell you all had a good time. Can't wait to see this flick. I'm one of the few people who loved the comic (don't know why people beat this thing down... I thought it was really good stuff!) and knew from issue 1 that it would, well... kick ass as a movie. Do more video interviews! But don't stop the print stuff either.

  • April 14, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST

    McLovin in a superhero flick=Me in theatre

    by axelfoley

    In fact McLovin's the only reason I'll see this fucking movie.

  • April 14, 2010, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Kick Ass will find an audience...


    So you better go hide under a rock, MazdaFeast. Agree with Onezeroone, you're a pathetic loser.

  • April 14, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Nice interview

    by grisp

    I thought it was a great interview Quint. A little more enthusiasm and articulation would help (if you're going for Charlie Rose), but you lowered our expectations more than you needed to. <P> Would love to see Aaron Johnson and Kristen Stewart in an interview together. There would be lots of twiddling of thumbs, fiddling with water bottles, and semi-bored surly looks, but it would be interesting to see them squirm (hey, they get paid the big bucks for it...).

  • April 14, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST

    an impression of a yank doing an impression of a brit

    by Arcadian Del Sol

    he nailed it.

  • April 14, 2010, 12:25 p.m. CST


    by Arcadian Del Sol

    animate your face more when you talk - use your eyebrows. Have your questions more defined so you dont have to pepper them with 'ya-know' and 'uhm'. And this one i can't really blame you for, but really, they completely disrespected you as an interviewer - every single question was interrupted no less than 3 times. PROTIP: in most televised interviews, the questions are RE-ASKED in post-production so that they are not interrupted by jabs and not riddled with 'uhms'.<p> Otherwise, I think you have potential, but you need to remember that even as an interview, once you are on film, you are performing. Show some excitement and interest in the answers.<p> Watch any given CBS NEWS interview, and during the answers, they ALL drop in shots of the interviewer nodding or smirking or twitching an eyebrow - you have to do this kind of stuff. Treat these interviews just like you would a low budget indie short. You have to do some post-production on them. have to.<p> I give you a B+

  • April 14, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Aaron Johnson COULD be the next Johnny Depp

    by TheWaqman

    emphasis on the word "could". Not really for sure at the moment.

  • April 14, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Seriously Quint, too hard on yourself

    by Jaka

    I think the B+ is a good grade. It certainly was not a terrible effort for a first try. You were clearly a bit nervous and they took advantage of that a little bit. But practice makes perfect and all that. Not something I would try to avoid in the future if I was you. Nice questions overall, but I was sold on seeing this months ago, so I didn't really "need" it. Nice to see that Chloe is still an awkward little kid, though.

  • April 14, 2010, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Kick Ass is superb

    by Lloytron

    Live up to the hype for once. Is it out Stateside yet?

  • April 14, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Mintz-Plasse COULD be the next Johnny Depp

    by Jaka

    Well, no, not really. But it seemed funny to type it so I did.

  • April 14, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST

    You mean McLovin COULD be the next Depp

    by axelfoley

    Stop it.

  • April 14, 2010, 4:13 p.m. CST

    KICK-ASS is SUCKING-ASS With The Critics

    by tydur999

    down from an 89 to a 74 on metacritic, already!

  • April 14, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    The Next Five Headline About KICK-ASS On AICN Are As Follows

    by tydur999

  • April 14, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Harry Came So Hard After KICK-ASS, That He Will Trade In HIs Mai

    by tydur999

    ... for a blowjob by hit-girl!

  • April 14, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Quint Wants To Adopt Hit-Girl!

    by tydur999

  • April 14, 2010, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Merrick Wants To Buy Hit-Girl Dinner!

    by tydur999

  • April 14, 2010, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Massawyrm Wamts To Gently Spoon With Hit-Girl!

    by tydur999

  • April 14, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Capone Wants To Fuck Hit-Girl And Then Kill Her..

    by tydur999

    and then fuck her again!

  • April 14, 2010, 4:31 p.m. CST


    by Jaka


  • April 14, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST

    I will see this

    by Han_Hit_Period

    and probably laugh

  • April 14, 2010, 6:55 p.m. CST

    I just saw those 3 @ Hot Topic on Monday

    by Meadowe

    the one on hollywood and highland, I got an e-vite cuz I'm signed up for their card program....n-e-wayz Chloe was pretty coo', actually they all were but Hit Girl gets the most props cuz of our shared gender.

  • April 14, 2010, 6:56 p.m. CST

    My "Quint" Review

    by Boober

    You are the shy, geeky guy who found a way to take your love for the medium and turn it into a career. In that context, you come across as very humble and genuine and thankful to be doing what you are doing. You remain untainted by the perversions that permeate AICN and affect almost all of us. The only real criticism I have is that you come across as a bit meekish, which I can see certain A-listers, and Dominant personality types either abusing or being turned off to. You present a good product. Be confident.

  • April 14, 2010, 8:11 p.m. CST


    by tydur999

    In other words, you're saying that Quint is gay. Got it. Totally agreed, but please don't serve it up like he's a feast that we all have to munch on; rather, it would be much more believable if you just presented him as the heterosexual pedophile that he is.

  • April 14, 2010, 9:24 p.m. CST

    fuck the other critics

    by frank cotton

  • April 15, 2010, 7:10 a.m. CST

    WTF were those posts by tydur999 ?

    by V'Shael

    Was that a bet, to see who could get the fastest banhammer in history?

  • April 15, 2010, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Good job Quint!

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    You were very well prepared, didn't read right from your notes and had good follow up questions. Sure we could tell you were a little nervous but you came off well. Keep doing it!</p><p>Man i really wanted to smash that fucking water bottle by the end though, ha ha!

  • April 15, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST

    .Johnson is hot

    by NYC

    I want his British ass bad despite him having voice higher than Chloe's.

  • April 15, 2010, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Who is your optician?

    by Dataset

    They must be beaten severely for letting you buy that frame. Remember, Colecrafterpearlemasters is the equivalent of Supercuts. You need to see a pro, not someone who just got fired from Sbarro and watched a training tape.