Jim Carrey: ‘I cannot support level of violence in ‘Kick-Ass 2”

Carrey distances himself from the film, then 'Kick-Ass' creator Mark Millar responds

Jim Carrey has expressed reservations about the level of violence in his next film Kick-Ass 2.

Carrey plays a “badass” called Colonel Stars And Stripes who joins forces with Aaron Johnson‘s Kick-Ass in the superhero sequel, which opens in cinemas on August 14. However, the actor has now used Twitter to share his doubts about the film’s content.

Carrey added in his next tweet: “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.”


Mark Millar, creator of the original Kick-Ass comic books and an executive producer on the movies, has since responded to Carrey’s comments with a lengthy post on his website.

“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,” he wrote, before adding later in his post: “Jim, I love ya and I hope you reconsider… You’re amazing in this insanely fun picture.”

Based on Millar’s comic book, the first Kick-Ass film told the story of an ordinary teenager who reinvents himself as a real-life superhero. When it opened in cinemas in 2010, Kick-Ass wasn’t a huge box office success, but it’s since built a strong following on DVD and Blu-ray.

Director Jeff Wadlow shot the sequel in Toronto between September and November last year (2012). Alongside Carrey and Johnson, it stars Chloë Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, John Leguizamo and former Scrubs actor Donald Faison. Scroll down and click ‘play’ to watch the trailer.