Jim Carrey Says He Regrets Making 'Kick-Ass 2'

Kick-Ass 2 isn't in theaters until August and the trailers came out in March, so it's unclear why Jim Carrey has just decided he doesn't like the movie, but he has. Jim Carrey apparently regrets making the Kick-Ass 2. He took to Twitter this weekend to say, "I did Kickass a month before Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence."    

The timing is strange, but the sentiment is clear: Carrey will not be promoting Kick-Ass 2 come August.

Mark Millar, who created the Kick-Ass comics and executive produced both films, had some thoughts which he shared on his website in response. Calling Carrey's turn as Colonel Stars and Striped in the movie "one of Carrey's best-ever performances," Millar called Carrey's announcement "surprising."

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. 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. ... Ultimately, this is his decision, but I've never quite bought the notion that violence in fiction leads to violence in real-life any more than Harry Potter casting a spell creates more Boy Wizards in real-life. Our job as storytellers is to entertain and our toolbox can't be sabotaged by curtailing the use of guns in an action-movie. ... Jim, I love ya and I hope you reconsider for all the above points. You're amazing in this insanely fun picture and I'm very proud of what Jeff, Matthew and all the team have done here.
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out and whether or not Carrey will fire back.
 

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  • sezary
    sezary

    If Jim is now sooooo very passionate about gun control since Sandy Hook and wants to distance himself from this movie, I would recommend that in order to truly make a passionate statement he could either give back the money he was paid to be in the film or he could donate it all to the victims families or their foundations or gun control initiatives and the like. I guess we'll see how deeply passionate he really is.

 
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