Jim Carrey Can’t And Won’t Support The Violence In His New Movie

June 24, 2013 / Posted by:

One month before the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Jim Carrey picked up a gun and collected a check to play Colonel Stars and Stripes in the sequel to Kick-Ass. Then when the Sandy Hook shooting happened, Jim had a sort of anti-gun epiphany and spoke out several times about how he feels this country needs tighter gun control. With Kick-Ass 2 coming out in August, now is the time for everyone involved to start pimping that shit out, but Jim said on Twitter this past weekend that he can’t sell a movie with that much violence in it.

Kick-Ass 2’s director Mark Millar responded on his website and said that he’s confused in the brains over Jim Carrey wanting nothing to do with his movie, because he says that the script never ever changed and the violence is so over-the-top that it’s satirical. Jim plays a Born-Again Christian who refuses to a fire a gun and Mark says that’s what drew Jim to the character in the first place. Mark went on to say that it’s just a damn movie and he hopes Jim changes his mind. Here’s a piece of what Mark wrote:

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 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.

“BUT WHAT ABOUT THE MONEY?!” is the question everybody’s asking. Is Jim going to keep it, is he going to donate it or is he going to stand outside of movie theaters on Kick-Ass 2’s opening day and pay people to not see it? Jim hasn’t said yet. Since I’m filled with equal parts bitterness, cynicalness and bitchiness, part of me thinks this is a STUNT QUEEN move to get people talking about Kick-Ass 2, but if it isn’t, then I can’t really shade on Jim for changing his mind.

You know, one of my friends saw The Incredible Burt Wonderstone at a discount movie theater and said it was so goddamn awful that he wanted to beat the brains out of his head on the armrest. So, since Jim isn’t making movies that he feels could elicit violence, there won’t ever be a sequel to The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. That’s a positive!

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