Has Jim Carrey Shot Himself In The Foot With 'Kick-Ass 2' Renunciation?
Carrey's comments made over the weekend have come under scrutiny from Mark Millar and members of the public who are questioning the comic's morality
Jim Carrey will next star in the much-anticipated sequel to 2010's Kick-Ass, imaginatively called Kick-Ass 2, which is due out later this summer. While the rest of the cast and crew get ready to promote the film and do their bit to ensure it is a success, Carrey has decided in an act of non-violent protest that he will not be joining his crew-mates as they lobby for the film.
Carrey is a striden campaigner for stricter gun control in the USA and in the wake of the tragic school shootings at Sandy Hook, he has decided not to support the film, announcing his decision on Twitter. On Sunday (June 23) he posted on to his feed; “I did "Kickass" a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence," adding in another Tweet, "my apologies to others involved with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.”
A noble move yes, but Carrey may have accidentally shot himself in the foot because now people are demanding that the star put his money where his mouth is and if he really is as opposed to the movie he says he is, then why not give away the fee he received. Others saw it as a direct attack on the film and should box office takings and intrest in the movie begin to fall, the blame will no doubt be placed squarely on Carrey. Others meanwhile just didn't understand Carrey's logic, including Mark Millar - the writer of the Kick-Ass graphic novel, and how he managed to blur the lines between fiction and reality, as well as questioning why he chose to single out one occurrence as his reason behind denouncing the film.
Millar responded to Carrey's Tweets in his blog on Monday, writing; "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."
Kick-Ass 2 reaches cinemas August 16 in the USA and UK and sees Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse return to their roles as Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and The Mother Fucker, with Carrey appearing as the born again Christian vigilante Colonel Stars and Stripes, who strongly opposes the use of guns throughout the film. Donald Faison, Lyndsy Fonseca (returning as Katie Deauxma) and John Leguizamo will also star, with Jeff Wadlow directing.
Chloe Grace Moretz returns as Hit Girl
Carrey's comments have come under scrutiny