Jim Carrey is in Kick-Ass 2. This weekend, Carrey tweeted that he’s changed his mind about the movie. That he can no longer promote the film because it’s too violent:
I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. My apologies to others involved with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.
Here’s how the film’s writer responded to Carrey’s criticism:
“[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… This is fiction and like Tarantino and Peckinpah, Scorcese [sic] 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… Our job as storytellers is to entertain and our toolbox can’t be sabotaged by curtailing the use of guns in an action-movie.”
So they disagree.
Carrey is entitled to his moralising, sure. He is entitled to his regret. But…then…what about the money? He would have been paid to work on the film. And if this is about “good conscience”, does he continue to live off that cash – cash that came from a story he now considers too violent? Does he return it? Or does he donate it to victims of violence? It’s one thing to pontificate on social networking, try to be the hero by making a statement from the comfort and security of your Beverly Hills mansion. It’s another to back that sh-t up with action, and where it hurts. This would be true leadership, non? Otherwise, really, how does it change…anything? Except to free up some of his time, as he clearly won’t be participating at the junket, a junket that will surely now be mostly about him, as he’s made himself the centre of attention of a movie he claims he can no longer stand behind. But Jim Carrey has never been about the attention, has he?
Yours in gossip,