The legendary funnyman took to social media to condemn the level of violence in the Kick-Ass 2 film he appears in. Sounds like an attempt to distance himself from doing promo runs with the rest of the cast.
"I did Kick-Ass a month before Sandy Hook, and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence," Jim Carrey told his Twitter followers. The actor explained that the December massacre at the Sandy Hook school changed his attitude towards the movie, tweeting, "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."
At pains to point out that he was "not ashamed" of the film, choosing to act out of good conscience is interesting as Carrey attempts to raise the issue of violence in movies back into national discussion.
Carrey's qualms about the project forced Kick-Ass creator, Mark Millar, to hit his own blog to answer Carrey's tweets and reject them outright. "[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 body count of most big summer pictures and focuses instead on 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's defense of his work and film prompted him to ask readers to "imagine a John Wayne picture where he wasn't packing [a gun], 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!"
What do you think about this brouhaha? Is Mark Millar wrong for advocating violence while giving Carrey up as the scapegoat? Or, should Jim Carrey admit that his change of heart could be attributed to empathy and being politically correct? Either way, you can decide for yourself when the film comes out in the U.S. on August 16.