“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 of heart.”
After 20 children and six adults were killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings in Newton, Connecticut, December, Jim Carrey now denounced, via a tweet, the “level of violence” throughout the film, in which he plays “a baseball-bat-wielding masked crimefighter.” Executive producer Mark Miller shared his bewilderment over Carrey’s tweet on his blog, writing, “[I’m] baffled by this sudden announcement as nothing seen in this picture wasn’t in the screenplay 18 months ago. Yes, the body count is very high, but a movie called Kick-Ass 2 really has to do what is says on the tin.”
Miller shared his concurrence with Carrey about real-life violence, but noted that “Kick-Ass 2″ is not a documentary.
“No actors were harmed in the making of this production! This is fiction…[and] 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.”
Unfortunately, Carrey’s tweet may well have boosted the sales of the film, having the unintended effect of causing more viewers to witness violence onscreen.
[Image via Digital Spy]