'Kick-Ass 2' Star Jim Carrey Slams Movie Violence - Mark Millar Slams Back!
Reported by Outsiders - 2013.06.23
It would appear that Jim Carrey is having second thoughts about why he got involved in the new Kick-Ass 2 movie playing a vigilante named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Carrey is publicly denouncing the film's violent content in light of December's Sandy Hook mass shooting. He tweeted, "@JimCarrey: I did Kick-Ass 2 a month b4 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."
In respond to Carrey's remarks, Kick-Ass comics writer and Mark Millar, who exec produced both the 2010 film and its sequel, responded today on his own blog: "[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… This is fiction and like Tarantino and Peckinpah, Scorcese [sic] 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… Our job as storytellers is to entertain and our toolbox can’t be sabotaged by curtailing the use of guns in an action-movie."
The superhero sequel has earned an R rating for strong violence, pervasive language, crude and sexual content, brief nudity and stars returning leads Aaron Johnson as Kick-Ass and Chloe Grace Moretz as Hit Girl based on Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.’s comic books. With Carrey being the biggest name star in the sequel and the movie opening on August 16th, we'll have to wait and see if Carrey promotes or doesn't promote the summer flick.