The SXSW Film Festival had a real rager Friday night with its opening film, "Kick-Ass." The crowd was wild and it wasn't just alcohol infused, the audience really ate it up with cheers, roaring laughs and screams. One SXSW organizer took to the stage following the screening and said, "I think this is the best opening film we've done, right?" to the applause and howls from the crowd waiting for the Q&A. Director Matthew Vaughn (who confessed to being a bit tired after just flying in from England) joined stars Aaron Johnson, (Kick-Ass), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Red Mist) and Clark Duke on the stage for the audience chat. Kick-Ass creators Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. also joined in. "No studio would make this film, they wouldn't back it," said Vaughn when asked if he had problems making a movie in which a little girl plays a superhero getting into fights and swearing. Lionsgate will release the film this year. Check out indieWIRE's review of "Kick-Ass."
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