Jim Carrey is refusing to publicize his next film, Kick-Ass 2, because the actor believes it promotes violence. Some critics think he’s being hypocritical.
Jim Carrey made a movie and now, he wants nothing to do with it. The actor took to Twitter on Sunday and condemned the upcoming film Kick-Ass 2 due to the level of violence in the wake of December’s Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
He wrote to his fans, “I did Kickass 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.”
Carrey is an avid gun control supporter. In fact, he made a satirical ad for the Funny or Die website that mocked the NRA. The video inspired eBay users who support the Second Amendment to sell the actor’s memorabilia and promise to buy a gun with the sale’s profits.
One person who isn’t too happy with The Mask actor is Kick-Ass 2‘s executive producer Mark Millar.
He addressed the controversy on his blog, “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.”
Carrey finished shooting the film about a month before the Connecticut incident occurred. He clearly read the script before accepting the job and cashing the check, so is his current stance a bit hypocritical?
His character in the sequel, Colonel Stars and Stripes, is written as a born-again Christian who never shoots a gun throughout the entire film.
Millar also points out that it’s a fictional story.
He continued, “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 [sic] 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…”
The film is scheduled to be released on Aug. 16, so it will be interesting to see how Carrey’s absence on the film promotional tour affects ticket sales.