Johnson: I like being versatile
Aaron Johnson has told how his role in new movie Kick-Ass helped him take his career in a different direction.
The 19-year-old, who takes the lead in Matthew Vaughn's superhero comedy alongside Nicolas Cage and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, wanted to do something different so he wouldn't be pigeon-holed.
"Before Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging, I was playing 14 - 15-year-old drug addict types, and I had drama pieces before, and they can almost get chucked away with one film that you do - it's hard to get out of that.
"The moment that happened, I wanted to go f****** over there, I wanted to run so far over that way and that was when Kick-Ass came over," he said.
"It was the opposite to playing a heartthrob. It was playing a geeky, nerdy, American bushy-haired kid who dresses up as a superhero and gets his a** kicked and beaten up all the time," he added.
Aaron, who played the young John Lennon in Nowhere Boy, added: "It was almost a way of me saying I don't want to be here or there. I've gone from one to the other."
The British star, who's engaged to filmmaker Sam Taylor-Wood, is open to new acting challenges.
"I can't stay in one position - I like being versatile, and jumping from group to group," he said. "I love drama, I love something that's challenging so Nowhere Boy was a fantastic piece for me to get into and mould the character. It's kind of scary."
:: Kick-Ass will be released on March 31.