Jim Carrey Denounces ‘Kick-Ass 2’ for Its Gun Violence, Creator Mark Millar Responds

The comedic actor and gun law enthusiast tweets that he can no longer publicly support this upcoming action sequel because of its R rated content.
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Jim Carrey Denounces ‘Kick-Ass 2’ for Its Gun Violence, Creator Mark Millar Responds

Over the weekend, actor Jim Carrey made the surprise move of publicly denouncing the violence in his upcoming sequel Kick-Ass 2, where he plays Colonel Stars and Stripes. Take a look at the actor's tweets, where he reveals he cannot, "support the level of violence" in director Jeff Wadlow's action sequel, along with a video from 2010 where the actor is seen dressed as Kick-Ass while performing a song with Conan O'Brien.

Jim Carrey denounces the gun violence in Kick-Ass 2 This likely means the actor will not be promoting the movie before it arrives in theaters August 16. In response to Jim Carrey's tweets, comic book creator Mark Millar issued a lengthy statement on his official website last night, which can be read in its entirety below.

"First off, I love Jim Carrey. When producer Matthew Vaughn and director Jeff Wadlow called me up and suggested we do a conference call with him to talk about the sequel to the 2010 original I was genuinely excited. Like you, I love Eternal Sunshine (of the Spotless Mind), Man on the Moon and The Truman Show. Carrey is an actor like no other, an unpredictable force of nature who brings a layered warmth and humanity to his work as well as that unstoppable energy he's always been renowned for. He had lunch with Matthew around the time of the first movie and dug it so much he appeared that night on Conan O'Brien DRESSED as Kick-Ass, singing a duet with Conan dressed as Superman. Vaughn and I made a mental note to work with this guy as soon as possible as we're both huge admirers.

Cut to almost three years later and I'm sitting in a screening room in London watching what I think is one of Carrey's best-ever performances. I'd seen Kick-Ass 2 in many forms, but this was the absolute final cut complete with opening titles, music and a terrific post-credit sequence you're all going to love. I couldn't be happier with this picture. It's as good as the original and in many ways BIGGER as it expands upon the universe and really takes things to the next level. There are a lot of stand-outs in the sequel, every actor really firing on full cylinders and an amazing script that moves like a rocket. But Carrey in particular is magnificent. He's never done anything like this before and even from the trailer, with his masked dog sidekick specially trained to munch criminal balls, you can see that something really fun and special is happening here. Colonel Stars and Stripes is so charismatic and all his scenes are up there with Nic Cage's amazing turn as Big Daddy in the original... which made it all the more surprising when Jim announced tonight that the gun-violence in Kick-Ass 2 has made him withdraw his support from the picture.

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. 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! This is fiction and like Tarantino and Peckinpah, Scorsese and Eastwood, John Boorman, Oliver Stone and Chan-wook Park, Kick-Ass avoids the usual bloodless body-count of most big summer pictures and focuses instead of the CONSEQUENCES of violence, whether it's the ramifications for friends and family or, as we saw in the first movie, Kick-Ass spending six months in hospital after his first street altercation. Ironically, Jim's character in Kick-Ass 2 is a Born-Again Christian and the big deal we made of the fact that he refuses to fire a gun is something he told us attracted him to the role in the first place.

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. Our job as storytellers is to entertain and our toolbox can't be sabotaged by curtailing the use of guns in an action-movie. Imagine a John Wayne picture where he wasn't packing or a Rocky movie where Stallone wasn't punching someone repeatedly in the face. Our audience is smart enough to know they're all pretending and we should instead just sit back and enjoy the serotonin release of seeing bad guys meeting bad ends as much as we enjoyed seeing the Death Star exploding. The action in Kick-Ass 2 is like nothing you've ever seen before. The humor, the characters, the heart and the set-pieces are all things we're very proud of and the only warning I'd really include is that it's almost TOO EXCITING. Kick-Ass 2 is fictional fun so let's focus our ire instead of the real-life violence going on in the world like the war in Afghanistan, the alarming tension in Syria right now and the fact that Superman just snapped a guy's fucking neck.

Jim, I love ya and I hope you reconsider for all the above points. You're amazing in this insanely fun picture and I'm very proud of what Jeff, Matthew and all the team have done here.

Love and Peace,

Mark Millar

@mrmarkmillar"

Kick-Ass 2 was released August 16th, 2013.

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  • a7sus4 • 2 years ago

    In the end it made little difference since the movie was not good.

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    • casey-sheedy • 2 years ago

      did mark millar just spoil the end of man of steel nice

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      • diaigma • 2 years ago

        His opinion is his opinion. Nothing can change that, though you have to admit it's hard to take it seriously when he has, you know, armed guards ... Not that he shouldn't, but from here on out I expect Carry to stand by his convictions and never hold a gun in a movie again. In fact, I might actually see more Carry movies if that were the case :P

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        • Zak-Lee-Ferguson • 2 years ago

          I'm pretty sure there was a dog on his balls when he wrote this

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          • pack-rulz1978 • 2 years ago

            I'd just once like to see these self-absorbed actors who speak out on these issues put their damned money where their mouth is. If you condemn wealth, then work for free or the below poverty level paychecks you claim you fight for with the government subsidy programs you advocate for or, better yet, stop gauging those same "little guys" with your increasing ticket prices. If you condemn the gun violence, then return your damned paycheck Carrey, which you obviously aren't doing. Stop using the press as your personal soapbox to push legislation or increased taxation that affects all the rest of us while you sit on your $20mil/movie paychecks unaffected & spouting off about Wall Street greed. Absolute, total nonsense that the celeb-worshipping low information voters drink up without questioning anything these idiots do or say behind the scenes of their supposed compassion.

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            • Zak-Lee-Ferguson • 2 years ago

              @pjwolsker I sure am. ;)

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              • Zak-Lee-Ferguson • 2 years ago

                @thedude1 Thank you, simple and clear and right

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                • Zak-Lee-Ferguson • 2 years ago

                  I live in the UK and i am very passionate and very PC when it comes to the leverage and angle of how accessible it is to hire or buy a gun and go out killing, this incident, as horrid as it is is no different to many others, rather than an actor is using it quite openly and fanatically to the press and media which doesn't shine a light well on Carrey. Its a media grabbing high point, a pat on the back lurcher, but what makes the difference to him and us? Well hes a-list and now hes not only casting a dividend but more or less is making an excuse out of a terrible incident as to not work in film that even has a holstered gun. This is a silly move on Carrey and doesn't paint him as a symbol of light and dignity and wont make no young man or child turn his head and say "that rubber face dude has a point" no, many a director actor have expressed by Jim is accessing this via through a peep hole and that is looking in at a film that could change his career and hes just making a falsified movement.

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                  • Zak-Lee-Ferguson • 2 years ago

                    @monkeyiron2-0 I agree full heartendly and actually read that view and have to give you a pat on the back for that, my thoughts exactly, but i found it easier just top ass him off as a two-faced hypocritical wanker! but oopps...not allowed to have a tirade about "particular" actors on this great site.

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                    • Zak-Lee-Ferguson • 2 years ago

                      @a7sus4 i am for sure on your side, where does his views stand against anyone elses.

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                      • monkeyiron2-0 • 2 years ago

                        Here's my thought on Jim Carrey wanting to abandon "Kick-Ass 2" after he claims its because of Sandy Hook tragedy.

                        I am a big fan of Jim Carrey I think the dude is a talented actors with movies I do like (The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, Loved his role of Riddler, Pet Detective, The Cable Guy, Me, Myself, and Irene, Bruce Almighty, I Love You Phillip Morris, Yes Man, and The Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless mind) and some bad movies (When Nature Calls, Mr. Popper's Penguins, A Christmas Carol, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, The Truman Show, Fun with Dick and Jane) The guy is pretty capable of craziness that makes some of his films funny and fast paced (The Mask). But on June 23 on twitter, that he "I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence."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." All I go to say is, Mr. Carrey in no offense but you sir are a hypocrite. He knew what he was geting into when he said that he is the fan of both the movie and the comics and top that off he read the script, dressed as Kick-Ass on Conan, and shoot the movie months before the shooting happen and even when it did happen he kept shooting it.

                        Now I can understand that you want to give a heartfelt to tragedy that happen four months ago, but when you want to reject something like the movie that you know have high rise in violence almost to the point where it parodies itself. Then you are a hypocrite to your word. And if you are having a guilty conscience of said event...how about you donate money to all the families that were effected by this incident instead of going onto twitter and speaking about you rejecting the movie.

                        In away Mr. Carrey has lost a piece of respect for him being a hypocrite to what he has done and until he eithers donate money to the families of Sandy hook or hell doing something that can overall help the families. But don't put down a movie that parodies violence and you yourself claims to be a fan of. But until than, Jim Carrey is a known hypocrite in my eyes....

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                        • mr-k • 2 years ago

                          I think we should calm down on this. There's truly no need to go overboard on this news cause after the Sandy Hooks incident, it was bound to happen.

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                          • cheetoboy • 2 years ago

                            This is ridiculous, why is everyone bashing Carrey so hard. Despite his opinion about Gun violence, which of course I don't agree, to me regardless of what you see on TV, a Movie , or Videogame, it is your choice whether not you want to become a violent person or not, if you look at history violence has existed since man first walked the earth, and that was thousands of years where TV wasn't even thought of. But anyways even though I said that I do support Carrey for standing up for his beliefs, and him saying what he said about Kickass 2 was not at all a diss, so why is everyone taking it like that, its just even though he did that role he really doesn't agree with violence on screen, but still like I said earlier, its just movie violence. But still in the end regardless of all of this I still can't wait to see him play this role.

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                            • capt-jackass • 2 years ago

                              I for one am tired of him running his mouth about this. If he is so opposed to this film he should denounce it more by giving back his paycheck and forfeit all royalties.

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                              • ejk1 • 2 years ago

                                What Carrey is really saying is that after seeing a rough cut of the film, he thought it was awful, and came up with this excuse to get out of promoting the film.

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                                • dess • 2 years ago

                                  @pjwolsker You are saying his talented, yet his never been even mentioned for an oscar? What kool-aid are you drinking?

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                                  • dess • 2 years ago

                                    @thedude1 You hit it right on the nail they spew their mouths, but they don't put their money where it counts. " I do a TV fundraiser, but please don't touch my checkbook."

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                                    • Daniel-J-Kise • 2 years ago

                                      Can I just say how funny it is that all the people flaming jim carrey feel their opinion matters more than his? Does it really what he thinks? Not really. Does it really matter what any of you think? No. He is still a good actor who is entitled to his opinion, much like all of you are. And to be honest, he is a bit more just in feeling the way he does than most of you. Why you ask? Because regardless of how he feels, he holds no ill feelings to anyone involved, unlike most of you who are denouncing the guy for his honest opinion. So take a f*cking chill pill and go rage about something actually worth raging about. That's my two cents and I'm sticking by it

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                                      • thedude1 • 2 years ago

                                        @pjwolsker He has no valid point at all. Tons of violent movies are released every year and without any deaths yet Carrey believes somehow by stopping these films it will actually change something.

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                                        • XxNickTheFilmCriticXx • 2 years ago

                                          As abrupt and/or silly as this incident seems, the animosity in this comment section is even more ludicrous. As soon as he's casted, everyone's thrilled. But, as soon as he 'denounces' the gun violence - not the film - everyone's running around with pitchforks. Ridiculous.

                                          @Zak-Lee-Ferguson -- Take a pill of "calm-the-f*ck-down", while you're at it.

                                          @pjwolsker -- Thank you.

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