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Jim Carrey Can't Support the Violence in 'Kick-Ass 2' and Mark Millar is Baffled

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Jim Carrey in Kick-Ass 2
Jim Carrey in Kick-Ass 2
Photo: Lionsgate

Jim Carrey got all tweet happy on Sunday and tweeted out some thoughts to the effect of: "I did Kick-Ass 2 a month [before] Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. 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."

Carrey stars in the ultra-violent comic book sequel as the vigilante known as Colonel Stars and Stripes who apparently takes on the film's bad guys with a baseball bat and points a gun at some character as evidenced in the pic above.

The film is based on the comic by Mark Millar who also serves as executive producer. Millar took to his blog to tap out a response, which went a little something like this:

"[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."

I want to respond to this, but I just don't care that an actor has decided, for whatever reason, to not support a film. Yes, it's admirable Carrey is taking the opportunity to stand up against senseless violence and the horror that went down at Sandy Hook, but I don't know much more about him. I looked around the Internet and found the video below of him talking about his "spiritual awakening" from 2009 and three years later he made a movie about little kids taking violent justice into their own hands which features a character named The Mother Fucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). A few months later he "cannot support that level of violence". Okay, I assume the check cleared though... right?

It's fine to have a change of heart, but did he watch the first film? As I wrote in my review of the first one, "The morality of the whole thing is a mess... Which is fine with me, I just want to watch Hit Girl slice some more bad guys up anyway. I'd prefer to forget about the film's inability to decide if it wants to be a real world morality tale or a fantasy world bloodbath, because its indecision to be one or the other is a storytelling flaw to be sure."

I can't say I'm looking forward to Kick-Ass 2 anyway, but the one thing I am (and always have been) interested in seeing is Carrey's character and as far as I can tell he's still in the movie. So good on him for standing up what he believes is right and cashing in the millions he was paid to make what he now denounces as wrong.

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Beautifulm/ Beautifulm

    I'm kind of with you here Brad, I did like Kick Ass, but don't really care about the sequel. As for Carey, I really have no thoughts.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/maja/ maja

    This may be cynical but this whole thing to me sounds like cheap marketing.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/pomme/ pomme

      in fact any one seems to know Carey isn't doing the promo

  • http://couchpotatodigest.blogspot.com Matt

    I don't mind actors backing political causes but unless Carrey plans on donating his entire paycheck for "Kick-Ass 2" (which, I'm assuming, is quite a bit of money), he really shouldn't have opened his mouth. If he really is upset about the content in the film and regrets being a part of it, that's fine. But if he has no problem spending the money he made off of it- what does that say about him?

    I will just say though- I personally have no problem with violent films like "Kick-Ass 2" but Mark Millar's response is a bit of an overstatement. I don't believe for a second that the ridiculous amounts of violence in either "Kick-Ass" film is included to show the "consequences" or "ramifications" of violence.

    But, either way, "Kick-Ass 2" looks pretty crappy.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

      I think I kind of agree with your second paragraph. I only saw the first film the one time (enjoyed it, not waiting with baited breath on the sequel) and I don't really remember extensive analysis of the consequences of violence.

      Maybe there was and I forgot.............

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RonOnealFresh/ Ron Oneal Fresh

      I agree Millar response was silly, no one going to see Kick Ass 2 will ever for a moment in the theater, think about the ramifications of violence. They've already turned their brain off before getting to their seats.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Kessler/ Kessler

      I agree with you 100%. It's a very strange statement for Jim Carrey to make. I don't really see the point of it.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Steffen/ Steffen

    Wow! Jim Carrey the universal mind, go figure. Self-importance with a spiritual twist - what could be more hollywoodesque?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RonOnealFresh/ Ron Oneal Fresh

    Is Jim Carrey gonna donate his paycheck he from "Kick Ass 2" to the victims of Sandy Hook?

    If not, what purpose does this denouncement serve?

    The character HitGirl who's a highschooler gonna be shooting guns, so I can see how those in media can turn this into a discussion of maniacs shooting up a school.

    Perhaps when people see the movie they'll make that connection.

    I think Jim Carey saw or knew of the violence in the first movie and had no issue with being in the sequel If it could help his wither film career.

    Bravo for linking this extraneous comic book movie with a national tragedy, throwing everyone involved under the bus and collecting your paycheck in the process as you sneak out the back exit. How very christian of you.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    Jim Carrey is at fault here, its terribly unfair and judgmental on the film, everyone involved and the fans to lambast the violence and after getting paid a likely seven figure sum, that sir is grotesque

  • Joshua Heywood

    I mean this is just ridiculous, I mean, for this PARTICULAR movie, he could of looked at the source material, that 2nd graphic novel is some of the most hardcore offensive things you can read depending on the kind of person you are...it is very violent...I'm just not digging the "im gonna get my high horse now, see ya later" approach...

  • http://letterboxd.com/gman/ G-Man

    Part of me wants to be excited for Kick-Ass 2, but I'm just not sure. I never saw the first one since it didn't look interesting to me at all (and still doesn't). Nonetheless, I've heard good things pretty much across the board.

    I had a similar feeling with Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, which I eventually checked out because of all the positive vibes and wound up being one of the least enjoyable cinematic experiences of last year for me, so I'm hesitant with Kick-Ass.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    I have to (mostly) agree with Millar on this one; it's not like any of this stuff wasn't in the script to begin with, not to mention the first film. I can't say I'm looking forward to the sequel very much (mainly due to the absence of Matthew Vaughn, also the trailer isn't great), but I love the first one. I do agree with Brad though that it doesn't really know what kind of film it wants to be...it obviously lampoons the whole superhero fantasy and points out how completely stupid anyone would have to be to dress up in a costume and fight criminals. But it struggles tonally between comedy and drama and while the sequence involving....spoiler....Big Daddy's death is very well done it more or less throws most of its themes away with the outlandish climax. But I guess the felt like it needed a feel-good ending since the only real way to completely bring the "superhero fantasy stupidity" theme to a true conclusion would have been to kill Kick-Ass and Hit Girl.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Adu/ Adu

    I am indifferent to his statement and continue to look forward to the movie.

  • Eric Hernandez

    I take issue with the tone of this article, and would urge anyone who feels this way to read the following piece, which sums up my opinion on the matter very well.

    http://badassdigest.com/2013/06/24/why-jim-carrey-changing-his-mind-on-kick-ass-2-is-great/