Summer movie season is well underway, but Jim Carrey has a few comments about his own entry into the blockbuster season. The Hollywood vet took to Twitter on Sunday to say he "cannot support" "Kick-Ass 2," the latest adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.'s comics.
"I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence," he wrote. "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."
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
Carrey plays Colonel Stars & Stripes in the August film release. His character is a hybrid of the characters Colonel Stars and Lieutenant Stripes from the book, who both become born-again Christians and vigilantes after having clocked time working for a crime family.
Universal did not reply to MTV News' request for comment by press time, but in the hours after Carrey tweeted his statement, Millar released a lengthy missive of his own. He praised the actor's performance in the flick, but stands by the film and what he calls "one of Carrey's best-ever performances."
Millar stated in part, "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 ... Like Jim, I'm horrified by real-life violence (even though I'm Scottish), but Kick-Ass 2 isn't a documentary."
Back in March, Carrey opened up to MTV News about the film's violence in relation to his own beliefs about gun control in the wake of the tragedy in Connecticut last December.
"Well it was a little bit [of a factor], but my character is a guy that came from a violent background who is trying to turn it around and he uses a gun with no bullets in it. These are things I am considering now because I just feel like we don't cause the problem, but we don't help it much either," he shared while promoting "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" this spring.
Carrey continued, "So, I am becoming more conscious of that. And I made ''Kick-Ass' before all the things, the unfortunate shootings happened and stuff happened, and so that's kind of a little interesting blast from the past almost. But it's just going to be a great movie but I'm being careful with choices."
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
Carrey joins Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Grace Moretz as well as fellow "Kick-Ass" newbie "Scrubs" star Donald Faison in the flick.
This is hardly the first time the film's violence has been a conversation starter. Back in March 2010, "Kick-Ass" star Nicolas Cage also addressed his own concerns about the violence in the film, especially pertaining to Moretz's character, 11-year-old Hit Girl. Cage appeared in the original "Kick-Ass" as Big Daddy, but does not make an appearance in the sequel.
"There were a lot of feelings about [the violence]," he said of Moretz's character at the time. "I was concerned. I knew it was going to be something that was uncomfortable for me as an actor."
During that interview with MTV News, he added that "My belief is that any art form — pop art or other — is by nature freedom of speech." He also suggested that his young co-star's turn in the film would leave other young women empowered and that Moretz, who plays her civilian self in the upcoming sequel, "is a pop icon of feminism strength" in the first film despite his initial reservations about the violence.