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Jim Carrey Distances Himself From Kick-Ass 2
'I cannot support the level of violence'

24 June 2013  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: Deadline Hollywood

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Jim Carrey, Kick-Ass 2

Jim Carrey, Kick-Ass 2's Colonel Stars and Stripes, has taken to Twitter to condemn the level of violence in the film and distance himself from its promotional campaign. The actor explained that the massacre at Sandy Hook in December had changed his attitude towards the movie.

“I did Kick-Ass a month before Sandy Hook, and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence,” he told his Twitter followers. “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.”

If Carrey has raised the issue of movie violence and its possible social repercussions at the worst possible time for his Kick-Ass 2 collaborators, he was at pains to point out that he is "not ashamed" of the film and has acted out of conscience after "recent events caused a change in my heart".

Mark Millar, Kick-Ass creator, took to his blog to describe Carrey's tweets as “surprising” and reject Carrey's comments. “[I'm] baffled by this sudden announcement as nothing seen in this picture wasn’t in the screenplay 18 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," he wrote.

"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... This is fiction and like Tarantino and Peckinpah, Scorsese and Eastwood, John Boorman, Oliver Stone and Park Chan-wook, Kick-Ass avoids the usual bloodless bodycount of most big summer pictures and focuses instead of the consequences of violence... Our job as storytellers is to entertain and our toolbox can’t be sabotaged by curtailing the use of guns in an action-movie.”

Millar defended the violence in the film, asking readers to “imagine a John Wayne picture where he wasn’t packing, or a Rocky movie where Stallone wasn’t punching someone repeatedly in the face", and stressed that he shares Carrey's outlook on violence in society. “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!”

Decide for yourself when Kick-Ass 2 comes out in the UK on August 14.


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A history of (Scottish) violence?
I think Millar is just pointing out that Scots have a poor record when it comes to violence. It is nothing to be proud of. I am a Scot and an even prouder Glaswegian and I am not proud that Glasgow is the murder capital of Europe. Or that when our two major football teams play each other there is always trouble somewhere. Google the 1980 Scottish Cup Final if you want to know why we are not allowed to drink alcohol inside Scottish football grounds. Or that for some reason a quarter of the Britis More

Posted by Private Hudson at 14:49 on 02 July 2013 | Report This Post

First movie was awful
Funnily enough my biggest issue is that it is being made at all. Not due to the violence or anything but just because the first film was incredibly poor. Woeful even. More

Posted by Private Hudson at 14:46 on 02 July 2013 | Report This Post

Scottish enjoy violence?!?
Is Mark Millar trying to suggest that the Scottish nation enjoy real life violence? More

Posted by AreThoseMyFeet at 15:32 on 01 July 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Well played mr carrey
You did read the Comic in preperation for the Movie did you Jim? More

Posted by Overmind at 06:13 on 29 June 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Well played mr carrey
he finally stars in a movie that people might actually go and see, and he distances himself from it. okay... More

Posted by Jasper_29 at 15:58 on 28 June 2013 | Report This Post

Well played mr carrey
This was a good move by carrey. He first did a movie he really wanted to do and got paid for it. Now he is not aggrevating any of the us religious nuts by renouncing this movie. At the Same time he'll probably be saved from any publicity duties. A cowardice move though. I for one am looking forward to this movie as the first one rocked chocolate salty balls. I hope there will be a third one after this and even more people die. Screw all american conservative nutjobs. Start with abolishing gu More

Posted by Niekvq at 22:27 on 27 June 2013 | Report This Post

It's Viral Marketing
By saying he won't market the film, Carrey has essentially marketed the film. I think this is all part of a bigger ploy. We'll see Chole Moretz next saying she thinks girls can't be role models. My full thoughts here: http://www.y2neil.com/jim-carrey-and-kick-ass-2/ More

Posted by Y2Neildotcom at 12:16 on 26 June 2013 | Report This Post

Buullll. Shit. Jim!
That's my two cents... More

Posted by Moody at 18:28 on 25 June 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Fair Enough
L: tommypocket L: Artoo L: tommypocket se calling for him to then donate his salary to charity? Plain ridiculous... a typical example of how our reaction to events in the public eye have been altered by the mediadifference does it make? Like Carrey said, he's not ashamed of the movie, he hasn't bad-mouthed it, the money isn't 'dirty', his comments certainly won't damage the movie's profitability, he's just had a change in opinion - we're all allowed them. ou make some More

Posted by Artoo at 09:52 on 25 June 2013 | Report This Post

"I'll keep the cash, though..." More

Posted by hellboy_jnr at 09:35 on 25 June 2013 | Report This Post

Can see both sides of the argument, but if he'd seen the original film, maybe read the script motor thoughly , paid more attention during the shooting of the film, and, maybe, just maybe looked at some of the gratuitous, but "comical" violence in his previous films, this may have had more resonance....as it stands "twat" More

Posted by sideshowbob1971 at 03:18 on 25 June 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Fair Enough
L: Artoo L: tommypocket se calling for him to then donate his salary to charity? Plain ridiculous... a typical example of how our reaction to events in the public eye have been altered by the mediadifference does it make? Like Carrey said, he's not ashamed of the movie, he hasn't bad-mouthed it, the money isn't 'dirty', his comments certainly won't damage the movie's profitability, he's just had a change in opinion - we're all allowed them. ou make some good points, but could y More

Posted by tommypocket at 22:36 on 24 June 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Tell the truth
If he wants to '' distance '' himself from the film thats his perogative. However, is he now going to distance himself from the massive pay check he received for doing the movie and any royalties? More

Posted by Cool Breeze at 20:57 on 24 June 2013 | Report This Post

Tell the truth
If he said, 'I got paid for the film but cannot in any way, shape or form be arsed to do the countless repetitive interview we have to do on movie promotion' I would have had 100% respect for you but this proves that you have NO moral substance. Sandy Hook was a terrible occurrence which happened December last year so why has it taken you 8 months to all of a sudden develop a conscience?? To quote Legion - 'condescending twat' More

Posted by spamfiend at 18:51 on 24 June 2013 | Report This Post

Big puff. More

Posted by rubadub at 18:48 on 24 June 2013 | Report This Post

The director compares himself with some big-name directors.
The reason why these directors are respectable is because of the way they use violence in their movies. Whether or not Kick-Ass 2 fits into this rythm temains to be seen. More

Posted by Jasper_29 at 16:32 on 24 June 2013 | Report This Post

Marketing
I understand the topic of the massacre at Sandy Hook is very sensitive and should not be discussed lightly. That said, Jim Carrey has probably (intentionally or unintentionally ... my cynical side suspects the former) just provided the production with more media attention than it would've received if he hadn't have made the statement at all. The resulting 'controversy' that will surround the film will only assist its promotion. I'm sure the producers are (directly or indirectly) thanking him for More

Posted by d0m_l at 16:13 on 24 June 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Burt Wonderstone anyone??
L: evs75 Disappointed with Jim on his comments on this, particularly as his last film The Incredible Burt Wonderstone featured him actually drilling himself in the head as part of his illusionist's act along with many other nonsensical violent acts that could be copied. his is actually a good point. Burt Wonderstone was a PG-13 as opposed to the R rating Kick Ass 2 will get so more kids will be able to see the film where he drills himself in the head for comedic effect. More

Posted by Shifty Bench at 15:57 on 24 June 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Fair Enough
L: tommypocket This is an interesting one... and something I keep changing my mind over how I feel about. It opens a huge debate about movie violence and its real-life implications (or lack thereof depending on where you stand). On the one hand... yes there have been numerous, high-profile acts of violence and - most significantly - school-massacres before s (1 & 2) if Carrey says the events at Sandy Hook have altered his view then that's fair enough; being part of a production that More

Posted by Artoo at 15:50 on 24 June 2013 | Report This Post

As someone else has pointed out we are all allowed to have a change of heart in our views, but I think he is focusing on the wrong issue. Which I feel are more to do with guns laws in the states, the UK and many other countries watch the same movies as they do in america, do we have the same frequency of atrocities like sandy hook occurring? No. And a major reason for this is that guns aren't readily available to disturbed individuals. Also again as someone else has mentioned, better recognition More

Posted by NedStarksBastard at 14:50 on 24 June 2013 | Report This Post

Burt Wonderstone anyone??
Disappointed with Jim on his comments on this, particularly as his last film The Incredible Burt Wonderstone featured him actually drilling himself in the head as part of his illusionist's act along with many other nonsensical violent acts that could be copied. Of course that was a comedy, but the tone of the first Kick-Ass was supposed to be comedic too (although dark in places) and I'm sure the sequel will be of a similar tone. Perhaps Jim has seen the finished film and it's a bit of a dud More

Posted by evs75 at 14:30 on 24 June 2013 | Report This Post

Sorry, where's the connection here?
What's Kick-Ass 2 got to do with Sandy Hook? Honestly? Art does not contribute to shootings. What contributes to shootings is outdated, immature and unintelligent gun laws, a medicare system that's so prohibitively expensive that young people with mental problems can't be looked after properly because their parents could never afford the proper treatment, the social stigma around mental illness that keeps some from even admitting they're having problems and an American media that makes these sic More

Posted by Nicky C at 14:07 on 24 June 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Fair Enough
This is an interesting one... and something I keep changing my mind over how I feel about. It opens a huge debate about movie violence and its real-life implications (or lack thereof depending on where you stand). On the one hand... yes there have been numerous, high-profile acts of violence and - most significantly - school-massacres before s (1 & 2) if Carrey says the events at Sandy Hook have altered his view then that's fair enough; being part of a production that features gun-toting n More

Posted by tommypocket at 14:00 on 24 June 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Fair Enough
Er, sorry Jim but violence wasn't invented at Sandy Hook for fucks sake! Sure it was of course a completely tragic total waste of human life, but there's been violence pretty much worldwide (y'know - in Wars n'such) for a long, long time. It just seems strange for a 51 year old man to suddenly develop a concience and moral code. Perhaps you could donate your fee for the film to the victims of Sandy Hook or to victims of violence everywhere?? Lets see how your concience guides you then sha More

Posted by Artoo at 13:36 on 24 June 2013 | Report This Post

Fair Enough
Well, it's just one of those things. I suppose even me being a horror fan there are still things that I would object to seeing. I suspect it's the same with Carrey, he's probably a bit more sensitive to it than other people. I don't know why he felt the need to speak out though. Has the role effected any future projects, has he lowered himself in someway that has had implications for future projects. Has he been criticised and therefore needed to defend himself. I would have probably kept my mou More

Posted by klepto4 at 13:00 on 24 June 2013 | Report This Post

didnt quite fancy the endless rounds of interviews then Jim?! clever way to get out of promo.... next movie mr popper 2?! More

Posted by punkdkid at 12:59 on 24 June 2013 | Report This Post

didnt quite fancy the endless rounds of interviews then Jim?! clever way to get out of promo.... next movie mr popper 2?! More

Posted by punkdkid at 12:52 on 24 June 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Jim Carrey Distances Himself From Kick-Ass 2
"he was at pains to point out that he is "not ashamed" of the film and has acted out of conscience after "recent events caused a change in my heart"." No shit. Shockingly enough, I possess the ability to read, I don't need you to explain to me what I've just read. Condescending twat. More

Posted by My name is Legion at 12:44 on 24 June 2013 | Report This Post

I wish he would distance himself from 'Liar, Liar', watched it for the first time in years last night and couldn't believe how bobbins it was, there's 90 minutes I'm not going to get back! Saying that, Carrey is entitled to have a change of heart over Kick-Ass 2, way to go fella! More

Posted by kevmccann at 12:30 on 24 June 2013 | Report This Post

Hmm?
Curse my sudden but inevitable double post More

Posted by Ulmaceae at 12:14 on 24 June 2013 | Report This Post

Mark Millar has completely missed the point Jim Carrey is making. In light of the horrific events at Sandy Hook he's changed his mind about screen violence. He's not hypocritical - just human. More

Posted by theothertimmy at 12:11 on 24 June 2013 | Report This Post

Hmm?
Will this be the full Alan Moore? Be interesting to hear what he says on the press junket, if he does indeed take part. I think over-analysising 140 characters is a bad idea. I'm going to wait and see More

Posted by Ulmaceae at 12:11 on 24 June 2013 | Report This Post

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