Yesterday, actor Jim Carrey recently announced via twitter that he’d had a change of heart regarding his role in Universal Pictures’ “Kick-Ass 2”, in light of the “Sandy Hook” tragedy and that he could “no longer support the film.” Well, the writer and co-creator of the comic book, Mark Millar, quickly wrote a response to Carrey that very same day that follows:
“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. 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 Peckenpah, 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. “
You can read Millar’s response in full at his personal blog, MillarWorld. Carrey recently became a target for gun advocates after statements in March wherein he ridiculed what he perceived as lax gun-control laws and even made a “mockumentary” with FunnyorDie.com which portrayed gun owners in a very negative light. These events occurred a mere three months ago yet as gun advocates and Millar above point out, Carrey signed on to act in the hyper-violent Kick-Ass 2 roughly eighteen months ago. Exactly why Carrey is finally addressing this paradoxical (and potentially hypocritical) situation now remains unknown. It also remains to be seen whether Carrey will follow through on his word and not participate in any press or marketing campaigns for the film which opens August 16th. Gun advocates are calling for Carrey to take his statements a step further and donate his “Kick-Ass 2” salary to charity. Rest assured that with a looming theatrical release, there will be more statements and developments on this topic in the coming days.