Jim Carrey Condemns 'Kick-Ass 2' Violence in Wake of Newtown Shootings
UPDATE: Mark Millar, the author of the Kick-Ass comics series and a writer and producer on both Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2, responded to Carrey's remarks on his blog. "I'm baffled by this sudden announcement as nothing seen in this picture wasn't in the screenplay eighteen months ago," he wrote. "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."
Millar continued: "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."
EARLIER: Jim Carrey already finished filming his role as Colonel Stars and Stripes in August's Kick-Ass 2, but it seems he might not continue to support the film in any other role. The comedian took to his Twitter Sunday to admonish the violence in the films following the events at Newtown, Conn.'s Sandy Hook elementary in December.
Said Carrey on Twitter:
Carrey might claim he's not ashamed of his work in the film... but would he be ashamed to promote it following this admission? It's not clear yet (Universal did not immediately respond to Bustle.com's request for comment), but, based on some photos from the film, Carrey might not be too amped to bring attention to his violent character.
Most set photos, however, show Carrey's Colonel Stars and Stripes with a bat — only one still from the film seems to highlight a gun. (Much more unsettling is this still of Chloë Moretz as Hit Girl in the film, which hits theaters Aug. 16.) And let's not forget that's much less than the arsenal Carrey had in The Mask .