'Kick-Ass 2' Cocreator Defends His Movie As Jim Carrey Lashes Out Against On-screen Violence

Are movie stars allowed to change their minds when it comes to headline-grabbing topics like on-screen violence and how it is portrayed in contemporary features? 
 
That’s a question a lot of people are asking themselves this morning in the wake of Jim Carrey’s surprising public denouncement of the upcoming sequel Kick-Ass 2… of which Carrey is one of the stars. 
 
The rubber-faced comedian – who plays Colonel Stars and Stripes in Jeff Wadlow’s hyperviolent film – took to Twitter on Sunday evening to say that in light of the tragedies in Sandy Hook, he “now in all good conscience… cannot support that level of violence.” 
 
The actor says that he had a change of heart, and apologizes to everyone who worked on the sequel with him. “I am not ashamed of [the movie], but recent events have caused a change of heart,” Carrey tweets
 
The Kick-Ass storyline is a violent one, following the exploits of vigilante citizens who dress up in superhero costumes and inflict bloody justice on vicious criminals. The graphic novels, penned by John Romita Jr. and Mark Millar, don’t shy away from violence, though they do touch on the consequences of such actions. Carrey had no trouble with the violence in the sequel while filming Kick-Ass 2. But he has had, as he calls it, a change of heart. And that’s allowed, right? 
 
Carrey’s comments, as expected, triggered waves of various responses on social media. More important, Kick-Ass cocreator Millar posted a lengthy response to Carrey’s tweets, saying: 
 
“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 18 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. 
 
“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. 
 
“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. … 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.”
 
Are you surprised by Carrey’s tweets regarding Kick-Ass 2? Don’t you think he knew the level of violence that would be on display in this sequel? And is he allowed to change his mind in light of what happened in Connecticut? The sequel opens in theaters on August 16. We are very curious to see what kind of an impact Carrey’s withdrawal of support will do for the film’s success or failure.  
 
 

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