Fans and journalists who expect to attend the press junkets this summer for the action-comedy Kick-Ass 2 will be disappointed to find one of the film’s major names missing. Jim Carrey announced yesterday that he will not publicly support the movie.
The peculiar absence comes in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings last December. “I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence,” Carrey tweeted this weekend. “My apologies to others involved with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.”
In the film, Carrey plays a newcomer to the Kick-Ass squad. Colonel Stars & Stripes is a gritty and seemingly humorous character as seen in the film’s trailer.
Mark Millar, the creator and writer of the Kick-Ass comics, responded to the news in an open letter he posted on his blog. “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,” he writes. “Yes, the body-count is very high, but a movie called Kick-Ass 2 really has to do what it says on the tin.”
The letter continues by saying “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, 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.”
Check out the latest trailer for Kick-Ass 2 below.