Fans call on Jim Carrey to donate Kick-Ass 2 fee after he withdraws support for 'violent' film in wake of Sandy Hook shooting
The comic actor, who plays Colonel Stars and Stripes in the Mark Millar sequel, has said he can't support 'that level of violence'
Tuesday 25 June 2013
Jim Carrey has attacked the “level of violence” in his new film Kick-Ass 2, claiming he can no longer “support” the film in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
The 51-year-old actor plays Colonel Stars and Stripes in the upcoming sequel, a masked vigilante and a born-again Christian who refuses to fire guns.
The Kick-Ass films, and the comics on which they are based, are famed for their colourful and emphatic scenes of violence. The first film, released in 2010, attracted controversy because an 11-year-old Chloe Moretz used the word ‘c***’ - but it earned $96m at the box office on a budget of $30m.
Carrey, a passionate advocate of gun control, provoked speculation that he will refuse to perform promotional duties for the film on Twitter.
“I did Kickass (sic) a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence,” he told his 10.8 million followers.
“…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.”
In December last year, gunman Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. The tragedy sparked debates over restricting access to firearms in the US, and Carrey has voiced his concerns over their easy availability via his Twitter account.
Some Kick-Ass fans suggested Jim Carrey should donate his fee for the movie to charity.
“I trust Jim Carrey will be donating his Kick Ass 2 money to Sandy Hook victims?” wrote Twitter user Kevin Lively.
Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar said the actor’s confession was “surprising” in a post on his blog.
“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,” he wrote.
“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!”
Millar also defended film violence: “Imagine a John Wayne picture where he wasn’t packing, or a Rocky movie where Stallone wasn’t punching someone repeatedly in the face.”
He also said the film avoids the “usual bloodless body-count” of other summer blockbusters. In Man of Steel and Avengers Assemble, for example, filmmakers show huge collateral damage, but shy away from revealing its human cost.
At the CineEurope convention in Barcelona on Tuesday, Universal Pictures marketing executive Simon Hewlett did not comment on the Carrey controversy, but did promise that the film would be a “bigger, badder, more ballsy adventure” than the original.
Kick-Ass 2 is due for release in the UK on 14 August.
BBC Trust agrees to axe channel from TV in favour of digital moveTV
Final Top Gear reviewTV
FestivalsFive ways to avoid the portable toilets
Jurassic WorldThe results are completely brilliant
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 2 Iain Duncan Smith's expenses credit card is suspended after he runs up £1,000 debt to taxpayer
- 3 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 4 French woman dies in freak bungee jumping accident
- 5 Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck to divorce and end their 10-year marriage
Top Gear: Former co-host James May to present new BBC2 car show
The Rolling Stones announce biggest ever touring rock exhibition with Saatchi Gallery
Glastonbury 2015: The best bits you missed from Lionel Richie and the Dalai Lama to The Libertines' secret set
Glastonbury 2015: The picture of a man crowd surfing in a wheelchair is brilliant, but it wasn't taken at Glastonbury
Fifty Shades of Grey author EL James' Twitter Q&A didn't exactly go as planned
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
They are neither a 'state' nor 'Islamic': Why we shouldn't call them Isis, Isil or IS
Tunisia beach attack: How can British Muslims respond to the latest outrages?