By Will Ashton
In light of the Sandy Hook shooting, Jim Carrey, star of the upcoming Kick-Ass 2, has declined to participate in promoting the film.
Carrey took to Twitter to tell fans that he would not be promoting the sequel, saying “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.” Later, he said, “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.”
These comments come as something of a surprise, especially considering how much of a fan Carrey has claimed to be of the first Kick-Ass film. But, in all fairness, those claims were made before the Sandy Hook shooting took place.
In response, Mark Miller, author of the comic book Kick-Ass 2, claims that he is confused by Carrey’s decision to not promote the film by saying on his website the following:
“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.”
His full response can be found on his website.
Much like everyone else, I’m of two minds on this decision. While I respect Carrey’s decision to stick to his guns (no pun intended), it is rather unfortunate for everyone involved that he has decided not to help the movie. I also wonder if there is more here than we are being told, i.e. to the quality of the film, but that’s just me being cynical. I loved the first one, so I’m only hoping for the best with its sequel.