Jim Carrey is just full of surprises. After signing on for the fairly out-of-character role as badass Colonel Stars and Stripes in Kick-Ass 2, the actor has now decided to take a stand against the film’s (likely ample) violence.
As anyone who has seen the first Kick-Ass knows, the franchise is famous for blood, brutality and salty language. Carrey didn’t have much of an issue with it at the time, but in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, he’s decided he can’t support “that level of violence.”
Check out his tweets below, where he elaborates on the change of heart:
I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. My apologies to e— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) June 23, 2013
I meant to say my apologies to others involve with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) June 23, 2013
Like other shootings in the past, the Sandy Hook tragedy has proven to be a galvanizing event as far as gun control and cultural violence. Carrey’s position isn’t too surprising in that it’s a fairly popular one, but it is a bit of a shock to publicly come out in opposition to an upcoming project.
To his credit, Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar has responded with a lengthy response to Carrey’s stance. Check out an excerpt below:
“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. A sequel to the picture that gave us HIT-GIRL was always going to have some blood on the floor and this should have been no shock to a guy who enjoyed the first movie so much. My books are very hardcore, but the movies are adapted for a more mainstream audience and if you loved the tone of the first picture you're going to eat this up with a big, giant spoon.
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.”
This is a pretty interesting dynamic surrounding one of the most anticipated comic-book flicks of the year, and it should at least serve to spark some debate. Where do you fall on the film violence discussion?