Jim Carrey Backs Away from Kick Ass 2

Jim Carrey kick assJim Carrey has provoked a flurry of debate on the subject of violence in movies after publicly distancing himself from his up-coming role in Kick Ass 2

On his twitter account last night  (@JimCarrey);

I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence.

Carrey, who is playing Colonel Stars and Stripes in the much anticipated follow-up to Kick Ass,  followed it up quickly by saying;

I meant to say my apologies to others involve with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.

The statement seemed to confuse fans as the film finished shooting months ago and the original was hardly full of hugs and puppies.

Mark Millar, the creator of Kick-Ass, released a statement addressing the twitter comments (@mrmarkmillar).  He stated;

As you may know, 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.

He goes on to discuss the ideas of violence in the movies creating violence in real life;

Ultimately, this is his decision, but I’ve never quite bought the notion that violence in fiction leads to violence in real-life any more than Harry Potter casting a spell creates more Boy Wizards in real-life.

What do you think?  Was Carrey right to back away from such a violent film?  Should he have stepped away before cashing the paycheck?  Or is this just a big stunt to help promote an up-coming movie?

Reporter: LJ

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3 comments

  1. I respect Jim Carrey’s decision and what he feels are his justifications. Fair play. Personally, I think it is an over reaction, and if everything that might relate to, or make people think of horrific events was pulled, there would be very few films/books/songs being made anymore.

  2. Just wanted to add that I realise he is doing it from the “I hope the violent film I am in doesn’t inspire more violence in the world” angle, and I went off on my tangent without saying that lol.

  3. mybiggeekadventure /

    I respect anyones decision to change their mind on something but I feel that it’s a massive U turn on his part. He knew the script, he had seen the original, he was a fan! If he wants to stick to his principals I think he should donate his fee to a childrens charity…

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