The actor says the Sandy Hook shooting caused a change of heart about his upcoming film
Actor Jim Carrey portraying Colonel Stars and Stripes in a scene from “Kick-Ass 2.” Carrey says that he “cannot support” the violence in the film in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
While Jim Carrey may be playing a super hero on the big screen in “Kick-Ass 2”, don’t expect him be defending the film on its press tour.
The “Dumb and Dumber” actor announced Sunday via Twitter that he is withdrawing support of his upcoming film due to its violent nature, particularly after last year’s tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
“I did Kickass a month [before] Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence.” He tweeted, adding, “[M]y apologies to others involve with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.”
The film, based on the comic books by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., is a sequel to 2010’s “Kick-Ass,” and is about an adolescent female super hero named “Hit-Girl.” The original film drew controversy for not only for its violence sequences, but also the crude language used by involving its child characters. Like its original, “Kick-Ass 2” is rated R. Due for release in August, Carrey plays Colonel Stars and Stripes, the leader of a team of vigilante justice super heroes.
Millar, also an executive producer of the film, responded to Carrey’s announcement 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,” he wrote. In the blog post he praises Carrey and promises the actor’s “Kick-Ass 2” performance is one of his best. He goes on to defend the film’s violence as being a work of fiction.
“Our job as storytellers is to entertain and our toolbox can’t be sabotaged by curtailing the use of guns in an action movie.”
This isn’t the first time Carrey has taken a controversial stand in the name of addressing gun violence. Earlier this year, he filmed a Funny or Die parody video criticizing the gun rights lobby.