Jim Carrey withdraws his support for his own movie, 'Kick-Ass 2'
It seems a year and a half after getting a script for, filming and sitting through post-production of Kick-Ass 2, Jim Carrey has had a little change of heart and doesn't want anyone to see such a violtent movie. Good thing that check has already cleared.
"I did Kick-Ass 2 a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. ... My apologies to others involve[d] with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart," the actor wrote on Twitter Sunday.
The actor hasn't had much to say since, but Scottish comic book writer and Kick-Ass 2 executive producer Mark Millar was a little at a loss for why Carrey suddenly turned against his character, Colonel Stars and Stripes.
"As you may know, Jim is a passionate advocate of gun-control and I respect both his politics and his opinion, but I'm baffled by this sudden announcement as nothing seen in this picture wasn't in the screenplay eighteen months ago," Millar wrote on his blog. "Yes, the body-count is very high, but a movie called Kick-Ass 2 really has to do what it says on the tin.
"Like Jim, I'm horrified by real-life violence (even though I'm Scottish), but Kick-Ass 2 isn't a documentary. No actors were harmed in the making of this production! This is fiction and like Tarantino and Peckinpah, Scorcese and Eastwood, John Boorman, Oliver Stone and Chan-Wook Park, Kick-Ass avoids the usual bloodless body-count of most big summer pictures and focuses instead of the CONSEQUENCES of violence, whether it's the ramifications for friends and family or, as we saw in the first movie, Kick-Ass spending six months in hospital after his first street altercation. Ironically, Jim's character in Kick-Ass 2 is a Born-Again Christian and the big deal we made of the fact that he refuses to fire a gun is something he told us attracted him to the role in the first place."
As we recall, the 2010 original got a lot of press for its violence, plus Chloe Grace Moretz's foul mouth. You didn't see that publicity hurting box office receipts at all, so maybe Carrey is just doing his part for the press junket a bit early.