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Jim Carrey says Kick-Ass sequel is too violent after Newtown shooting

Weeks before it opens in theatres, Carrey took the highly unusual step of condemning the violence of a film he stars in.

Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes in a scene from Kick-Ass 2. AP
Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes in a scene from Kick-Ass 2. AP

Jim Carrey is distancing himself from his own movie, saying the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre changed his perspective on the violence in his forthcoming action comedy Kick-Ass 2.

The actor filmed his part in the superhero vigilante film a month before December’s mass shooting in Connecticut that killed 20 children and six adults. But weeks before it opens in theatres, Carrey took the highly unusual step of condemning the violence of a film he stars in. “Now, in all good conscience, I cannot support that level of violence,” Carrey said on Sunday on Twitter.

He apologised to others in the film and added: “I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change of heart.”

Kick-Ass 2 is a sequel to the 2010 movie whose breakout star was the 11-year-old fighting machine Hit-Girl, played by Chloé Grace Moretz. She reprises the role in the sequel, which will release be out in the US on August 16. Carrey plays a vigilante named Colonel Stars and Stripes.

Mark Millar, who wrote the Kick-Ass comic books the movies are based on, responded in a lengthy blog post saying he’s “baffled” by Carrey’s announcement.

Millar said the film “isn’t a documentary” and questioned whether violence in fiction is connected to real-life violence “any more than Harry Potter casting a spell creates more boy wizards”.

Carrey was outspoken about gun violence following the Sandy Hook shooting. In February, when gun sales were increasing, he tweeted that anyone “who would run out to buy an assault rifle after the Newtown massacre has very little left in their body or soul worth protecting”.

 


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