BJ'S BLOG 06/26/13 "Jim Carrey?s Contrition"
This year, there have been a lot of movies people have been excited to see from Star Trek to Man of Steel but one on my list is Kick-Ass 2 because I really loved the first one and it’s a great story.
In this second movie, Jim Carrey stars in it as a violent superhero called Colonel Stars and Stripes…unfortunately he says he can no longer support the movie because of the violent shooting in Sandy Hook this past December.
I have read the first graphic novel and The Rev has both and he tells me there is a graphic scene that may or may not be in the movie but it doesn’t mimic what happened at Sandy Hook. So I’m not sure what it is about the movie specifically that made him no longer want to promote it.
Jim tweeted this on Monday: "I did Kick-Ass 2 a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. 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."
Comic book writer and executive producer to Kick-Ass 2 Mark Millar says, "[I'm] baffled by this sudden announcement as nothing seen in this picture wasn't in the screenplay 18 months ago," he wrote. "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 …
"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 bodycount of most big summer pictures and focuses instead of the CONSEQUENCES of violence … Our job as storytellers is to entertain and our toolbox can't be sabotaged by curtailing the use of guns in an action movie."
Mark Millar is absolutely right; he knew what kind of movie he was getting into and again, the violence is not even real!
What I want to know is since Jim really can’t support a movie like this; did he give the money back? If not then, he has no room to say anything because he sounds like a hypocrite! Unless he gave the money back, he can spare us his “good conscience” ramblings and contrition’s.