Jim Carrey withdraws support of Kick-Ass 2 due to level of violence

Mark Millar responds

Jim Carrey has taken to Twitter to make a statement about the level of violence contained in Kick-Ass 2, claiming that the events of the Sandy Hook tragedy have drastically changed his outlook towards such content.

“I did Kick-Ass 2 a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence,” said Carrey via the social media website.

“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.”

 


Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar took to his own blog to release a statement in reaction to Carrey’s comments.

“[I'm] baffled by this sudden announcement,” said Millar, “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, Scorsese 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…”

Read Millar's full statement on his blog.

Set to be a summer 2013 talking point, Kick-Ass 2 arrives in UK cinemas on 14 August 2013 and in the US two days later.

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Comments

    • StevePotter

      Jun 24th 2013, 6:48

      I love Jim Carrey, but this is... a little baffling.

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    • kardom1

      Jun 24th 2013, 7:23

      Surely what Carrey is saying and what Millar has ignored is that yes 18 months ago he was fine with it and is a fan of the original film, that he enjoyed making the second film but recent events have changed his personal opinion on movie violence. People are entitled to change their minds about things. This is the sort of "bad" publicity that a film like this will probably thrive on anyway.

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    • FBMHobbs

      Jun 24th 2013, 7:45

      so one can assume he'll donate his fee to whatever charity Sandy Hook victims have?

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    • hawkass

      Jun 24th 2013, 8:21

      Bizarre.

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    • mattburgess

      Jun 24th 2013, 8:33

      We're all entitled to our opinions. I think Mark Millar should show his support for Jim Carrey, and respect Carrey's honesty and forthrightness, but absolutely not change the film at all.

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    • devilsfoxes

      Jun 24th 2013, 8:44

      whats wrong or baffling about what Carrey said. He doesn't have a problem with the film but if he'd felt the way he does now before he personally wouldn't have wanted to be in it. What's the problem?

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    • CossieNuttas

      Jun 24th 2013, 9:18

      So jim gonna donate his fee to the victims. (Not)

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    • dangoodfellow

      Jun 24th 2013, 9:31

      'Kick a*s......focuses instead of the consequences of violence…”yeah, that's hust what i thought when the teenage superhero flying a jet pack strafed a building with minigun fire. i think he must have been thinking about 'Super' instead.

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    • crystakura

      Jun 24th 2013, 9:56

      Not really surprised. Jim Carrey went crazy years ago.

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    • Chufferstud

      Jun 24th 2013, 11:10

      I've always found it strange that censor's have more issues over sex, but it's fine to show an axe going into someone's head. At the end of the day Jim is obviously upset by the shootings in America and whilst he isn't linking them to films, he feels that he can't support an ultra-violent film (which we all know it will be) and he is entitled to express those feelings, just as much as someone who is into that sort of film is entitled to buy a ticket and watch it, he isn't saying it shouldn't be released. One of the best non-violent violent films ever is Se7en, where you hardly see any violence, but the aftermath is enough to give you nightmares. Each to their own :)

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    • chibik

      Jun 24th 2013, 11:52

      What's crazy is how quickly some people lose their grip on the difference between fantasy and reality. I would expect an actor of all people to know that border well.

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    • ilikescifi

      Jun 24th 2013, 13:03

      what's wrong with y'all? none of you ever had a life-changing experience? he said nothing bad of the film, Millar had no reason to defend his film, and donating his fee would suggest some form of martyrdom, which is going a bit too far. He's offering some food for thought, that's all. Some actors are more than happy to make millions from glorified sex and violence, he's not.

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    • icrizzo

      Jun 24th 2013, 15:20

      Not sure what a movie has to do with some mentally deranged maniac killing a bunch of little kids? I respect Jim and his thoughts on violence though. I personally don't believe that movies, video games, nor music play any part in the actions of people disturbed in the head though.

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    • hannahnotorange

      Jun 24th 2013, 15:51

      I find this to be quite shocking. I agree wholeheartedly with Mark Millar- if anything, the Kick-a*s franchise puts into plain sight the pain and disturbance caused by violence, unlike many, many other feature releases. It’s fiction. it does NOT glorify violence. It’s not attacking a certain audience. It’s not offensive. What does it honestly have anything to do with a shooting?

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    • Ali1748

      Jun 24th 2013, 19:17

      Remember when Jim Carrey use to be funny.....

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    • JimmyJump

      Jun 28th 2013, 14:24

      It's Carrey's decision whatever we say or think or whatever his reasons may be. It's not like the world is going to end because Jimbo stops the support of the movie, eh?

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    • lovlid

      Jun 28th 2013, 15:19

      @ ilikescifi This isn't the first violent event to happen in America, is it? And apparently he was more than happy to make millions from glorified sex and violence, Eighteen Months Ago, when he signed on the dotted line. There is no excuse for blind hypocracy.

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