July 5, 2013
Jim Carrey Denounces Kick-Ass 2
Despite Jim Carrey’s exciting role in the upcoming amateur comic hero extravaganza Kick-Ass 2, Carrey has publicly distanced himself from the production and marketing movie as it approaches its August 20th release date. This hasn’t stopped many fans of the original film from taking to Twitter and Facebook about their excitement for some more Hit Girl action.
Jim Carrey is no stranger to success and the big screen. We’ve all followed Carrey’s career for over thirty years now across SNL, In Living Color, and an entire 25 years of amazing film credits. We laughed maniacally when Carrey presented to us the dark-yet-bubblish nature of his comedy in Pink Cadillac, and The Dead Pool. We also squirted milk from our noses when we saw his skill disciplined and crafted in his performances with The Mask, The Cable Guy, and Dumb and Dumber. Finally, Carrey showed me that beneath that bubbly, fun loving exterior is a guy who really spends his time thinking about the current state of humanity and dark humor.
Whether we’d like to admit it or not, Jim Carrey is a big reason that most of us continued to view comedy the way we do. But the artistic merits of Carrey don’t exactly show in his political views, more specifically to his beliefs on gun control and open violence. Jim Carrey opposes all of these things in their entirety, and has since called out the violence and carnage in Kick-Ass 2, a film known for its predecessor’s high level of death and blood.
Carrey began filming for Kick-Ass 2 years ago, knew of the violence in the film upon recording dates, yet chose not to voice his public disgust of the film until now, months away from the film’s release. Carrey had only this to say, “I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence…..(My) apologies to others involve with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.”
Obviously, we can’t hate Carrey for wanting to steer clear of violence in light of the past few years of violence in American society. Bombings, mass stabbings, mass shootings and gang activity have shaken many people inside their very homes. At a time when our economy is riveting in nervousness from turmoil and world issues, to remain bright and happy seems to be a useful method for overseeing violence. However, Carrey understood very well before he took the role that Kick-Ass was an intensely graphic series, made apparent by the comic books.
If he wanted to cut out all violent connections to the film, he might’ve done better to not have allowed himself to participate in the film at all.
Regardless, Kick-Ass 2 creator Mark Millar took to twitter in defense of the movie, “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 bodycount 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. 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. … Jim, I love ya and I hope you reconsider for all the above points. You’re amazing in this insanely fun picture and I’m very proud of what Jeff, Matthew and all the team have done here.”
Carrey plays Colonel Stars and Stripes in Kick-Ass 2 this August 20th.
Image Credit: Universal Pictures