Jim Carrey Withdraws Support From 'Kick-Ass 2' Over Violence

While Jim Carrey may be playing a super
hero on the big screen in "Kick-Ass 2",
don't expect him be defending the film on
its press tour.
The "Dumb and Dumber" actor announced
Sunday via Twitter that he is withdrawing
support of his upcoming film due to its
violent nature, particularly after last year's
tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary
School in Newtown, Conn.
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"I did Kickass a month [before] Sandy
Hook and now in all good conscience I
cannot support that level of violence." He
tweeted, adding, "[M]y apologies to
others involve with the film. I am not
ashamed of it but recent events have
caused a change in my heart."
The film, based on the comic books by
Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., is a
sequel to 2010's "Kick-Ass," and is about
an adolescent female super hero named
"Hit-Girl." The original film drew
controversy for not only for its violence
sequences, but also the crude language
used by involving its child characters. Like
its original, "Kick-Ass 2" is rated R. Due
for release in August, Carrey plays Colonel
Stars and Stripes, the leader of a team of
vigilante justice super heroes.
Millar, also an executive producer of the
film, responded to Carrey's announcement
on his blog.
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"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," he
wrote. In the blog post he praises Carrey
and promises the actor's "Kick-Ass 2"
performance is one of his best. He goes
on to defend the film's violence as being a
work of fiction.
"Our job as storytellers is to entertain and
our toolbox can't be sabotaged by
curtailing the use of guns in an action
movie."
This isn't the first time Carrey has taken a
controversial stand in the name of
addressing gun violence. Earlier this year,
he filmed a Funny or Die parody video
criticizing the gun rights lobby.