Jim Carrey, star of Kick-Ass 2, is condemning the comic book film because of its “level of violence." Carrey, who plays vigilante Colonel Stars and Stripes, said he did Kick-Ass 2 a month before the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in which 20 children and six adults were killed. He tweeted Sunday that “now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence.”
He also tweeted: "I meant to say my apologies to others involved with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart."
Due for release Aug. 16, the movie is based on a Marvel comic book of the same name written by Mark Millar and illustrated by John Romita Jr. The story centers on a teenager who decides he wants to become a real-life superhero and teams up with another kid-vigilante to fight crime.
Millar wrote a blog post in response to Carrey’s comments. It began with: “First off, I love Jim Carrey.”
"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.”
Millar said he does not buy into the notion that violence in films leads to real-life violence and asked Carrey to “reconsider” his stance.
He assured fans: “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.”
Co-star Chloe Grace Moretz also stirred controversy when she appeared in the first Kick-Ass feature film — not only because of the violence depicted but also her character Hit-Girl’s potty mouth. She was just 11 years old at the time.
UsMagazine reported Carrey will team up with Jeff Daniels to reprise their roles from “Dumb and Dumber” in “Dumb and Dumber To.” Daniels confirmed the sequel is in the works to the Associated Press on Wednesday. The Farrelly brothers will write and direct.
"Jim has been against all sequels, and you know, understandably so," Daniels said. "But he turned 50 and that will mellow you out, and suddenly he's going, 'Let's have some fun ... Come on,' and we're going, 'Great,' and so the Farrellys said, 'This isn't a money grab. Let's really write a great second movie that takes the original and then blows it up even further, and so I think they did that."
Daniels called the script “painfully funny,” but there is no word on the level of violence therein.