With Kick-Ass 2 set for an August 16 release date, one can expect the stars of the film– Aaron Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Jim Carrey—to soon begin making the usual rounds of interviews in magazines, blogs, conventions, radio, and late-night TV in order to promote the sequel/ graphic novel adaptation. What you wouldn’t expect, however, if for Jim Carrey to take to his Twitter account and denounce the film and withdraw all support for it.
Some context: the in the upcoming R-rated action/comedy, Carrey plays Colonel Stars and Stripes, an ex- Mafioso vigilante who helps Kick-Ass on his journey to rid the world of Red Mist. The film was shot from September to November of 2012.
Yesterday, Carrey released two tweets indicating that he can no longer support Kick-Ass 2, as the awful Sandy Hook shooting incident of December 14, 2012 is now keeping him from supporting “that level of violence” in films. Read the tweets as follows (editor’s note: there are some grammar issues):
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
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.
So this causes a rather unique situation—on one hand, Carrey is sticking to his (no pun intended) moral guns by refusing to promote or support a film that features gun violence. However, this also seems to indicate a worldview that states gun violence in film somehow creates or is tied to gun violence in reality, which is whole other can of worms. Further, Sandy Hook occurred over six months ago, and Carrey is only now speaking out about the violence in the film.
As for a response to Carrey’s announcement, Kick-Ass writer Mark Millar has announced his polite befuddlement:
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.
What do you think of the Kick-Ass 2 news?
Source: Cinema Blend