Marty and me

Di­rec­tor Martin Scors­ese has noth­ing but praise for the young fe­male lead in his first chil­dren’s movie, writes Lucy Carne

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Movies -

FI­NALLY, Chloe Moretz has done a film she is old enough to see in a cinema. The world got to know the then 11- year- old Amer­i­can when she stole the show as the potty- mouthed as­sas­sin Hit- Girl in Kick- Ass and as a ter­ri­fy­ing blood- suck­ing vam­pire in Let Me In. Now aged 14, she stars in Martin Scors­ese’s ( both pic­tured) first chil­dren’s film, Hugo. ‘‘ Yes, I can legally see my own film,’’ Moretz laughs when Eguide meets her in Lon­don. Hugo is set in 1930s Paris and is a 3D homage to early cinema. It stars Bri­tish 14- year- old Asa But­ter­field as Hugo, along­side Ben Kings­ley and Sacha Baron Co­hen.

Moretz, who plays a cu­ri­ous daugh­ter of a shop­keeper, was de­ter­mined to win a role in the film, de­spite Scors­ese au­di­tion­ing only Bri­tish ac­tors to keep con­sis­tency in his cast. She so per­fected her ac­cent that dur­ing her au­di­tion she fooled the le­gendary di­rec­tor into be­liev­ing she hailed from Eng­land, not Ge­or­gia, in the deep south of Amer­ica.

‘‘ It was phe­nom­e­nal,’’ Moretz says of her Scors­ese ex­pe­ri­ence. ‘‘ To work with Marty, as a 14- year- old girl, it’s in­spi­ra­tional. It’s such an hon­our to work with one of the most le­gendary di­rec­tors alive.’’

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