Jim Carrey took to Twitter yesterday to distance himself from his next movie, Kick-Ass 2, a superhero sequel that hits theaters in August, because of the amount of violence in the film. “I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence,” Carrey wrote. He added, “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.”
Mark Millar, who created the comic book series upon which Kick-Ass is based, responded to Carrey’s remarks in his website’s forum. Millar praised the actor’s performance in the movie before writing, “I’m baffled by this sudden announcement as nothing seen in this picture wasn’t in the screenplay eighteen months ago … 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.” It’ll be interesting to see whether Jim Carrey continues to criticize the movie’s violence publicly in the weeks leading up to its release and if Carrey will be involved in promoting it or not.