We've all been excited for the superhero sequel "Kick-Ass 2", to release. The first film was a fun ride and included such memorable characters as Aaron Taylor-Johnson portraying the titular character, Chloe Grace Moretz as Hit-Girl and Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Red Mist. We all know Jim Carrey has had quite a lot of duds in recent years, but from every picture and teaser we've seen of his portrayal of Colonel Stars and Stripes in the sequel, he looks like he's hit it out of the park. Now an interesting turn of events surrounding the picture has occurred, with Carrey at the helm.
Carrey turned to twitter to announce the following, "I did Kick-Ass 2 a month [before] 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."
This news is even more interesting because as pointed out by Mark Millar, creator of the comics that the films were based on, Carrey's character was a born-again Christian that did not use guns.
Millar was clearly shocked and confused by Carrey's sudden change of heart, given that he was well-aware of the content before he jumped in. Not to mention, it sounds like his big ol' check cleared.
Check out Millar's statement below:
"[I'm] baffled by this sudden announcement as nothing seen in this picture wasn’t in the screenplay eighteen 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. My books are very hardcore, but the movies are adapted for a more mainstream audience and if you loved the tone of the first picture you're going to eat this up with a big, giant spoon.
Like Jim, I'm horrified by real-life violence (even though I'm Scottish), but Kick-Ass 2 isn't a documentary. No actors were harmed in the making of this production! This is fiction and like Tarantino and Peckinpah, Scorcese and Eastwood, John Boorman, Oliver Stone and Chan-Wook Park, 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.
Ironically, Jim's character in Kick-Ass 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."
What do you make of Carrey's decision not to promote the film? Let us know in the comments section below!
"Kick-Ass 2" will hit AMC Theatres on August 16th, 2013.
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