Jim Carrey is no longer supporting "Kick-Ass 2." In a series of tweets over the weekend, the actor spoke out about how his perspective on violence as entertainment has changed since his time on the production, fueled largely by the mass-shooting in Sandy Hook, Connecticut last year.
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
Comic book creator Mark Millar has reacted to Carrey's comments, saying he's "baffled by this sudden announcement."
"Yes, the body-count is very high, but a movie called Kick-Ass 2 really has to do what it says on the tin," he wrote on his blog. "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."
"Ultimately, this is his decision, but I've never quite bought the notion that violence in fiction leads to violence in real-life any more than Harry Potter casting a spell creates more Boy Wizards in real-life," he added. "Our job as storytellers is to entertain and our toolbox can't be sabotaged by curtailing the use of guns in an action-movie."
Carrey previously talked to MTV News about the film's violence back in March.
"Well it was a little bit 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 continued, "So, I am becoming more conscious of that. And I made 'Kick-Ass' before all the things, the unfortunate shooting 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."
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