I’ve always loved Jim Carrey, thought he was ahead of his time as a character actor. My favorite movie of his is How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He’s a man of many talents. However, the statements he’s made this week regarding his upcoming film Kick Ass 2 are just dumb.
Carrey, who stars as Colonel Stars & Stripes in the upcoming superhero sequel, recently posted some interesting musings recently on his Twitter account. First off, he denounces the upcoming film’s violence saying he can’t support such violence after the sad and deadly shooting that happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
I did KickAss a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. My apologies to e
He then followed up that tweet with another;
I meant to say my apologies to others involve with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.
It’s all a little strange considering the film releases in August and he had ample opportunity to back out of the role when approached. No doubt Carrey has seen the first Kick Ass title, so why – knowing the level of violence in that film – did he sign on to do the sequel? Carrey paints himself into a corner after he’s asked by a Twitter follower TheTaint10 who asks why didn’t Columbine or Virginia Tech change his mind, why just Sandy Hook? Carrey responds;
It did, over time. That’s why my character [Col. Stars & Stripes] doesn’t use bullets. Evolution.
So, did he have direct influence on how the character was written for the movie? Is he back-tracking? If his character in the film doesn’t use bullets, does that then justify the level of violence? Would he have even taken the role has his character used guns? I’m not sure I understand where Carrey is coming from here.
Viewing the trailer – below – will give you all you need to know about the character. He hates evil, he wants to have fun, and he’s violent. Oh yea, he also has a German Shepard that bites your balls. More violence.
Carrey is a fantastic actor; you only need to see The Majestic, The Truman Show, and Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind to see that. However, I can’t support an actor who gets paid for a role in a movie, completes said role, then 2 months before the movie is due to release in theaters nation wide renounces said movie.