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.”
I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. My apologies to e— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) June 23, 2013
I meant to say my apologies to others involve with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) June 23, 2013
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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