Kick-Ass movie director defends swearing

Matthew Vaughn defends 11-year-old's c-word line

Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn has defended swearing used in his new comic book comedy

, saying “taboos have to be broken”.

The controversial scene sees a character called Hit-Girl, played by Chloe Moretz, who was 11 at the time of filming, utter the line “Ok, you cunts! Let’s see what you can do now!” before killing rival characters.

“It’s pretty amazing that four letters can have such a powerful effect on people,” Vaughn told The Times. “I would not condone a normal little girl killing people or swearing.”

He added: “You know, taboos have to be broken and then we move on, and God knows what the next one will be.”

Vaughn had originally left the c-word out but said Moretz‘s mother suggested they use it after the scene fell flat.

“[It] was like a mini atomic bomb had exploded [when we used it],” he continued. “Even later on, in the edit, we looked at all the other takes, and nothing had the same impact.”

Vaughn admitted, however, that he is worried about children copying scenes from the film, which tells the story of a boy who becomes known as superhero Kick-Ass despite not having any super powers.

“Some kid thinking that it looks like fun, putting on a costume and getting their head kicked in, that would be a disaster,” he said. “Which is one of the main reasons why there’s a scene where Kick-Ass gets stabbed. I’m trying to say to the kids, ‘Bad idea! Don’t try this at home!'”

However, Vaughn refused to censor his movie, explaining: “Seriously, it will ruin any creativity in this country, if we have to be answerable to [moral watchdogs]. It’s a free country, and you don’t have to watch it. But there are enough people who like this film to warrant it being made in the first place.”

Kick-Ass is out March 31.