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Aaron Johnson vs ZOO!

Aaron Johnson from Kick-Ass

Aaron! How did you enjoy making Kick-Ass?
It was awesome. I had to read a tonne of comic books to get an understanding of what they were and it's got some fantastic violence in it. We had the guys who worked on 300, Jackie Chan's stunt crew and Jet Li's stunt double. All the money went on a top team of stunt guys, and they all made the biggest, bad-ass fucking violent mess, which is why it's so raw and dark.

Did you enjoy doing your own stunts?
My stunts in Kick-Ass are not impressive! Mine were just learning choreography - learning how to get beaten up, as I was just constantly having my face smashed in. Chloe Moretz - who was 11 at the time and plays Hot Girl - beats up way more people than me!

Did you enjoy working with Layer Cake director Matthew Vaughn?
It was awesome, yeah. It was a very testosterone-driven set, as the film's so violent. You wouldn't get away with being all spiritual on Matthew's set - you'd just be called a pussy! It was all about being manly and who can do the most push-ups...

Kick-Ass and Nowhere Boy has made you pretty famous. Are we looking at the next Robert Pattinson?
I wouldn't want to be. I feel sorry for him. He's what? 22? And on 11-year-old girls' walls. He's on calendars, front covers, and you know what? Fuck that. I did a film called Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging and the producer told me it'd make me a heartthrob and I wanted to throw up. It sounds like a nightmare to me.

Would you be up for a sequel?
Well, the first one was a success, so it's hopefully given us a chance to make another. I'd happily do a second one. I know Mark Millar (author of the original comic book) and Matthew Vaughn are brewing some fantastic ideas for a sequel, so it'd be great to go out and do them.

Kick-Ass is out on DVD now. Read ZOO's Kick-Ass review for our verdict.

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