During one of her Kick-Ass 2 promotional interviews, Chloe Grace Moretz has talked a little about an uncredited rewrite for the film that focused specifically on her character.
Here’s the video of that interview from Digital Spy, with my transcript of the key moment beneath.
On the first draft with my character it was very male centred so what we had to do… we brought in The Creaseys who was another writing team to collaborate with Jeff and create more of a female side of the character in relation to the maternal aspect. Because you kind of have to have that female driven character, you can’t have the crass eleven year old be fifteen or sixteen, it’s not so cute anymore.
She would appear to be referring to Chad Gomez Creasey and Dara Resnik Creasey. I’m sure they’ve done an awful lot of touch up work but their more public credits include the in-development Juliet, another spin on Shakespeare that has James Mangold interested, and Mean Moms, a sorta-kinda Mean Girls sequel. It would likely be their work on Pushing Daisies that had the most impact about this parish to date.
I’d be curious to read before and after drafts of Kick-Ass 2, to see how Jeff Wadlow initially conceived of Mindy McCready and what changes The Creaseys made. Moretz’s comments slide from suggesting their intention was gender related to it being something about the character’s age. I’m sure it was something at least a little to do with both issues – there are some very unfortunate ways to tangle up mistakes on those two fronts, I’m afraid, so I can see why the script was being prepared carefully.
And I’m also wondering just how far The Creaseys’ rewerite remit went, because there’s definitely some other scenes with young women in the film that we might call “male centred,” not least the very overtly sexualised dance routine that Claudia Lee does in the school sports hall.
Kick-Ass 2 is released across the UK today and in the US on August 23rd. More from my interviews with Jeff Wadlow, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Christopher Mintz-Plasse as we go on.