Carrey has shocked producers of forthcoming comic-book sequel Kick-Ass 2, in which he stars as a baseball-bat-wielding masked crimefighter, after denouncing the “level of violence” that permeates the film in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings.
I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. My apologies to e
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) June 23, 2013
Carrey, who has been an outspoken proponent of increased gun control in the wake of the shootings by gunman Adam Lanza in December, tweeted on Sunday that he could no longer support the film. He wrote: “I did Kick-Ass 2 a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. 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.”
Lil Chantilly Commentary: I have a couple thoughts on this, and they are simple:
1. If he truly feels strongly enough about this to not promote the movie, he is still a hypocrite if he keeps any money made from this film. I am all for free speech and standing up for what you believe in, but to make a violent movie after Columbine, the Aurora Theater Shooting, etc, and then to suddenly change his mind after Sandy Hook (they were all tragic) and declare that his own violent art is wrong just hits me as questionable. If he keeps even a penny, then he is just a hot bag of rotten air.
2. Along with number one, it seems to me that his career had been faltering the last couple of years. After awhile, his humor was starting to repeat the same tired middle school jokes, and I had not heard much about him. That is, until he decided to make fun of Charlton Heston and come out as a gun control proponent, just when then entire public “happened” to be focused on the topic. Isn’t is funny for someone who does not want to promote this new violent movie, how much attention he is getting for himself AND the movie by talking about how much he is not going to talk about it?
The gent doth protest too much, methinks!