In a March interview with THR, Jim Carrey seemed excited about his role in Kick-Ass 2, based on the comic book by Mark Millar. The actor was all smiles, stating: "I'm having a lot of fun lately throwing myself into these smaller parts and burying myself in the character." Carrey plays the role of Colonel Stars and Stripes, an ex mob enforcer turned vigilante, for the sequel to Matthew Vaughn's 2010 film. Less than 24 hours ago, Carrey changed his tune, surprising fans. He turned to Twitter to share his regrets about the upcoming movie, deriding the film's "level of violence."
He did realize the film was called Kick-Ass and that he used to play a character on national television who set himself on fire, right? (Shout out to Fire Marshall Bill, you masochistic weirdo.)
Carrey is a passionate advocate for gun control, as this article he wrote for Huffington Post reveals: "I disagree wholeheartedly with those who say that there are just too many guns out there to control and that more gun laws won't make a difference. Change must start someplace." Obviously, Carrey was still feeling the effects of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy that happened just months before, as we all were. You can't fault someone for not being able to easily shake something horrific.
Regardless, Mark Millar took to his Millarworld forums to pen a response to Carrey's tweets. We're not sure why Millar feels "baffled" since it's obvious that Carrey simply had a change of heart — and he's allowed to. The writer does go on to make some strong points like this:
"This is fiction and like Tarantino and Peckenpah, Scorcese 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."
Now that you've had some time to process Carrey's feelings and read another perspective, where do you stand on the actor's decision to distance himself from the film? [via Deadline]