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