Jim Carrey: I cannot support 'Kick-A--2' violence due to Sandy Hook
Jim Carrey has had a change of heart about the on-screen violence in his upcoming film, "Kick A-- 2," following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December.
The 51-year-old actor sent out two Tweets on Sunday, June 23, regarding the film's violence and his evolving opinion about his participation in the film.
"I did Kicka-- a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. My apologies to e...," he wrote before his Tweet was cut off.
He clarified in another Tweet, "I meant to say my apologies to others involve[d] with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart."
Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six adults at the Newtown, Connecticut, school before killing himself on December 14. This is not the first time Carrey has spoken out about gun violence. In March, Carrey teamed up with FunnyorDie.com to make an anti-gun video called "Cold Dead Hand," which spoofed ex-NRA president Charlton Heston and his infamous "from my cold, dead hands" quote.
In "Kick A-- 2," which hits theaters on August 16, Carrey plays a character named Colonel Stars and Stripes. In the film's trailer, his character commands his German shepherd to bite a man in the groin.
The original film and the sequel are based on a comic book series of the same name by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. Millar, who served as an executive producer on the film, talked about Carrey's comments in a post on a message board on his official website (Warning: post contains expletives) published on Sunday night.
First, Millar praised Carrey in the lengthy post and called him "an actor like no other." However, he later added, "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."
"This is fiction and like Tarantino and Peckinpah, Scorcese and Eastwood, John Boorman, Oliver Stone and Chan-Wook Park, Kick-A-- 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-A-- spending six months in hospital after his first street altercation," he added. "Ironically, Jim's character in Kick-A-- 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."
The writer wrapped up his comments saying "Jim, I love ya and I hope you reconsider for all the above points. You're amazing in this insanely fun picture and I'm very proud of what Jeff, Matthew and all the team have done here."