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Jim Carrey opts out of Kick-Ass 2 promotion over violence

Kick-Ass 2

Story by Jack Foley

JIM Carrey, one of the stars of Kick-Ass 2, has withdrawn his support for the film because of the high level of on-screen violence.

The comedian Tweeted on Sunday: “I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. My apologies to others involved with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.”

Carrey was moved to make his decision in light of the aftermath of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last December, when 20 pupils and six staff were killed by 20-year-old gunman Adam Lanza.

He is well-known for his support of gun control measures and earlier this year fell foul of US gun lobbyists after he appeared in an online sketch lampooning Charlton Heston and the actions of the NRA.

Kick-Ass 2 follows 2010’s ultra-violent comic book movie and sees Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloe Moretz reprise their roles as high school pupils turned DIY superheroes Kick-Ass and Hit Girl.

Carrey plays a character named Colonel Stars and Stripes, the leader of a group of superheroes who uses violent methods.

The movie will be released in the UK and the US on August 16, 2013.

In responding to Carrey’s decision, however, original comic book writer Mark Millar, who also serves as an executive producer on the sequel, said he was “baffled” by Carrey’s decision and has asked him to reconsider.

In a forum on his website Millarworld, he wrote: “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 18 months ago.

“Yes, the body count is very high, but a movie called Kick-Ass 2 really has to do what it says on the tin. A sequel to the picture that gave us Hit-Girl was always going to have some blood on the floor and this should have been no shock to a guy who enjoyed the first movie so much… like Jim, I’m horrified by real-life violence (even though I’m Scottish), but Kick-Ass 2 isn’t a documentary.”

Further down in his posting, he continued: “Ultimately, this is his decision, but I’ve never quite bought the notion that violence in fiction leads to violence in real-life any more than Harry Potter casting a spell creates more Boy Wizards in real life. Jim, I love ya and I hope you reconsider for all the above points.”

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